While not required, these items may help you have a more positive test experience.

A watch (without an audible alarm): 

Test room supervisors will only indicate the time at certain intervals, so you may wish to wear a watch to track your time. The watch cannot have any alarms or data capabilities.

Extra batteries: 

There’s nothing worse than settling into a math or physics test only to realize your calculator is dead! It’s never a bad idea to have some extra batteries on hand.

Water bottle: 

Your brain needs to be hydrated in order to perform at its best. Drink water during every break. 

Healthy snack fuel: 

You will be at the testing site for at least four hours. And your brain needs fuel to keep pushing through this mental marathon – whether you’re feeling hungry or not! During the short breaks (only 5 minutes!), eat a big, healthy snack like an energy bar or mixed nuts. Other good options include your favorite kind of sandwich, yogurt, fresh fruit, granola. Nothing too sweet!

Dress in layers: 

Some testing sites are too hot; some are too cold; very few are just right! Wear a t-shirt or other light top in case it’s hot, but bring something warm to throw on in case it’s freezing in there!

A bag or a backpack:

Keeping your personal items organized in your locker is one way to avoid unnecessary stress.

What you should not bring to your test

  • Cell phones or smart phones
  • iPods / other MP3/audio players
  • iPads / other tablets
  • Laptops, notebooks,  or other personal computers
  • Pagers or other texting devices
  • Separate timers of any type
  • Cameras or other photographic equipment
  • Any device, including digital or smart watches, capable of recording or transmitting audio, photographic or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content