Write Rough Work Down
Even if you use your calculator, it's important that you write your rough work down. This way, if the answer you get does not appear as a choice, you can go back and check your work.
If you don't make a note of your work, you'll have to start all over again.
Bring a Sweater or Jacket
One of the most common complaints about test sites is that the room is either too hot or too cold.Bring a sweater or jacket just in case.
Or on the coldest day of the year, the custodian may have pumped the heat up to a sweat-inducing 82 degrees. So dress in layers, and dress for comfort
Procedures May Vary
The administration of the SAT is supposed to be "standardized". That means that every proctor at every test site is supposed to give the same directions and follow the same rules and procedures.
But we all know that in real life, people (even proctors) don't always follow the book.
Some proctors may be more or less strict than others. With that in mind, you may want to consider bringing a snack to the test site.
Be advised, however, that it could be confiscated until the end of the test if it is readily apparent. Be discreet, and try to wait until the breaks to eat.
Bringing Enough Money
You may be taking the SAT at a university, college, or some other site that you're unfamiliar with. Parking may cost anywhere from two quarters to $5 or more.
You may have an opportunity to buy a soft drink from a machine situated in the hallway during the test break. Bring some cash (bills and coins) with you for just these eventualities.
You are not allowed scratch paper. All scratch work must be done in your test booklet.
Paper brought into the test site will be confiscated, so don't bring any.
Any notebooks, notes, textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedia, almanacs, or other educational aides will either be checked at the door, or you'll be told to place them under your desks.
Since you are not permitted to consult them during the test, leave these items home.
Laptops or Highlighters
While the computer age is upon us, the SAT does not allow computers at the test site. Leave your machine at home.
Don't bring any highlighters or markers. Highlight by circling with your number 2 pencil.
Sleeping and Eating
Different people have different needs. Some of us need nine hours of sleep to be sharp and clear-headed; others need only seven hours of sleep. The same applies to eating breakfast.
Use your own judgement about how much sleep to get and whether or not to eat breakfast the morning of the SAT. Your best bet is to follow your usual morning routine.
A Positive Attitude
Perhaps what you should remember most for the day of the test is to keep positive. Of course, the SAT won't be easy. But remember you're not expected to be able to answer all the questions.
So instead of focusing on what you don't know, think about how much you've learned during this course and how much better prepared you are now than you were before.
Concentrate on Your Work
As you look around the exam room, don't worry about how other students are doing.
Keep your focus on your own work, and do the best you can.
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