What To Bring On SAT® Test Day: A Complete Checklist!

Students carrying the important things to bring on SAT Test Day

If you are taking the SAT®, it is important to make a note of what to bring on your test day. In this article, we have put together a complete checklist of the SAT test day requirements, acceptable IDs, and add-ons for the digital SAT.

SAT Test Day Checklist

Before you head out to your SAT test center, be sure to go through this SAT test day checklist below to help you keep the important things handy:

 A printout of your updated admission ticket.
 An acceptable Photo ID.
 Two No. 2 pencils and erasers.
 A calculator approved as per the SAT Calculator Policy.
 Optional: Epinephrine auto-injectors like EpiPens, if needed. Students may carry them in a clear bag without needing accommodation and keep them under their desks during the test. Please contact the “Students with Disabilities Services” to learn about the policies on different medical devices and medications allowed in the test center.

Additionally, you are allowed to carry the following things on your test day:

  1. A watch with a silent alarm
  2. Extra Batteries – must not be kept on desk while taking the test 
  3. A bag to carry your stuff in
  4. A snack and a water bottle
Before the day of your SAT test, sign into your College Board® account to ensure that there are no changes to your test center. You can enter the test center only with an up-to-date printout of the admission ticket.

Taking the Digital SAT?

In addition to the items mentioned above, here is what to bring on SAT test day if you are taking the new digital SAT in 2023:

  1. A fully charged testing device with Bluebook® installed
  2. A charging cable if your testing device
  3. A backpack to carry your device

You must note that the College Board has listed a few things that are prohibited at the test center. Any violations may result in the cancellation of your scores. To know more, read our page on SAT test policies and accommodations.

ID Requirements

According to the SAT policy, carrying a valid photo ID on test day is mandatory. In addition to the admission ticket, your photo ID will be used to confirm your identity and registration at the test center.

Acceptable IDs

  • Driving License or Non-driver’s ID issued by the government
  • Official student ID card received from your current school
  • Passport or US Global Entry Identification Card issued by the government
  • Military or National Identification Card issued by the government
  • SAT Student ID Form (prepared by your current school or by a notary in case you are homeschooled)

Unacceptable IDs

Identity documents that do not meet the SAT test day requirements mentioned above are unacceptable. You need to keep a few additional things about IDs in mind. Check the list below for those:

  • Documents that are torn, worn off, scarred, or damaged in any way
  • E-documents shown on a device
  • Documents that appear digitally altered or tampered
  • Documents bearing statements that they are not valid as identification
  • Credit or debit cards (even those with a photograph)
  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • ID card of employment
  • Temporary ID card of any type
  • Missing Child (“ChildFind”) ID card
Student ID Forms are not valid for the SAT test if you are 21 or older. The only form of ID accepted in such a case is an official driving license or a passport issued by the government that meets the requirements stated above.

If You Don’t Have an Acceptable ID

If you do not have an acceptable ID for the SAT, the Student ID Form may be used. If you are homeschooled, this form must be prepared and authenticated by your current school or a notary. You must attach your current photo to the form before getting it notarized. The Student ID Form is only considered if you are under 21 years of age and taking the test in the U.S.

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