Test Day Tips

A handy checklist to ensure a smooth testing experience

Test Day Tips

The Day Before:

  • Know your test location. Double check the admissions ticket to know where you are going and when to be there.

  • Pack a bag of essentials. This includes snacks, a bottle of water, a test-approved calculator (with fresh batteries)*, and #2 pencils and erasers.

  • Bring calming tools. If there is a good luck charm or item that helps you relax, be sure to pack that as well.

  • Head to bed early. Don’t worry if you have trouble falling asleep. Just close your eyes, try to quiet your body, and give yourself a chance to rest.

  • Practice the way you will test. If you plan to wear a mask, do your homework sections and practice tests in the one you plan to wear on test day..


Test Day:

  • Eat a healthy breakfast. Suggestions include a bagel with peanut butter, eggs, or yogurt with fresh fruit.

  • Dress in layers. The room may be warm or overly air-conditioned, so be prepared either way.

  • Don’t forget to wear your watch! Pacing is key, and you’ll want to be able to track your time on each section.

  • Bring your ID & printed admission ticket. You need these items to take the test; there are no exceptions, so be sure to put them in a safe place.

  • Plan for any last-minute issues. Leave the house early enough to give yourself a buffer in case you run into traffic. Arriving at your testing location early will ensure that you find the right classroom and have a moment to breathe before starting.

  • Be proactive about test anxiety. One trick to use during an exam if you start to feel anxious is to hit a “reset button” in your head. Make a deliberate action—take a deep breath, drink a sip of water, hold a small rock in your hand, or pick up a good luck charm. This small movement will help you regroup and redirect your attention away from anxious thoughts and back towards the test at hand.

  • Take a deep, long breath. Don’t know how? Watch this helpful video!

  • Be confident. You’ve prepped, you’ve worked hard, and you’re ready. Now it’s time to show what you know.

As always, our team is here to help. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

*calculators are not allowed for SSAT, ISEE, and SHSAT