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Test Day Checklist

1. Print your Student's Admission Ticket

Log in and click “print ticket” if you didn’t print it during registration.

Get step-by-step instructions.

Approved for testing accommodations? Be sure to bring the second page titled “Testing Accommodations Approval.”

2. Know What to Bring

  • Admission Ticket
  • #2 Pencils (no mechanical pencils)
  • Snack or Drink

TIP: Bring snacks and drinks in a clear zip-top bag with your student’s name on it.

3. Know What is Prohibited

Many everyday items are prohibited and are best left at home.

Know that if prohibited items are brought, they must be placed in the prohibited items area upon entering the test room when instructed.

Review the list of prohibited items below and understand the SSAT cell phone policy.

Prohibited Items

All Electronics

  • Calculators
  • Cell Phones (MUST BE OFF)
  • Fitness Tracker Wristbands
  • Media Players
  • All Watches (Clocks will be visible in testing rooms and proctors will provide timing cues)

Personal Items

  • Backpacks
  • Bags
  • Large Jewelry
  • Purses


  • Coats
  • Hats

Other Items

  • Books
  • Erasers
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Notes or Paper
  • Pens
  • Rulers

SSAT Cell Phone Policy

CELL PHONES ARE PROHIBITED ITEMS. We strongly discourage students from bringing a cell phone to the test center. However, we understand that bringing a cell phone may be necessary for security or transportation reasons. IF STUDENTS BRING A CELL PHONE, THEY MUST STRICTLY ABIDE BY ALL CELL PHONE RULES:

  • Ensure the phone is off
  • Place the phone in the prohibited items area when prompted
  • Do NOT attempt to access or use it at any time, including during breaks.

Possessing a prohibited item during testing will result in your student being excused from testing, the test being cancelled without refund, and may limit the opportunity to retest.

4. Know Where to Go

The address for you test center is listed at the top of your admission ticket.

Check the “Special Instructions” section on your admission ticket for any notes about arriving, parking, or public transportation.


5. Allow Enough Time

Testing begins promptly. Students will NOT be admitted after testing begins.

It’s best to arrive at least 30-45 minutes prior to the start of testing.

Testing normally begins at 9 a.m.. Check the “Special Instructions” section on your admission ticket for any special start times.

6. Know What to Expect

Ensure you and your student review what to expect on test day.

This will decrease stress and help you both get ready.



7. Check for Closures & Cancellations

Check your email and the SSAT news page for information about cancellations before you leave.

Rest assured that if there is a cancellation, we will work to set up a rescheduled test (normally one week later) and either allow you to test at that time, transfer free of charge to any other test date/location within the current testing season, or receive a refund.