1. Print your admission ticket from the College Board Website. Go, right now. Print it and then come back and read the rest of this list.
2. Gather your supplies:
- Several non-mechanical, sharpened No. 2 pencils
- an eraser
- a calculator (
CHECK YOUR BATTERIES TOO, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, AND REPLACE THEM IF NEED BE)
- photo ID
- wristwatch (most test rooms will have a clock, but don’t count on it!)
haha “count on it” I’m so punny
- a snack (keep it simple - an energy bar or some gum is best)
Put these things in a bag
so that you don’t drop them everywhere on your way to the test room (preferably a clear ziplock bag, for the benefit of all those paranoid proctors) and leave it somewhere in the open so you don’t forget them when you inevitably panic tomorrow morning
3. Pick an outfit for tomorrow morning. It seems unimportant, but trust me, the fewer things you have to worry about tomorrow, the better. Recommendations:
- dress in layers - you have no idea what temperature the testing center will be, so be prepared for anything
- dress comfily - you’re going to be sitting there for 3 hours and 45 minutes, might as well be comfortable
- my go-to outfit: sweatpants/leggings, T-shirt, and cardigan or cozy hoodie
4. Stop studying. This is not the time to be taking another full-length practice test, because you’ll just freak yourself out. Accept that if you haven’t learned it by now, it isn’t going to matter anyway.
5. Set your alarms. Set all the alarms. On your phone, on your actual alarm clock, on your laptop. The admission ticket tells you to report to your testing center by 7:45. Plan to be there at 7:30. That extra time should allow for any unexpected circumstances (traffic, flat tires, impromptu changes in gravity).
6. Do something completely unrelated to the SAT. And no, schoolwork doesn’t count. Do some laundry, clean up your desk, catch up on the first three episodes of Agent Carter. Anything to take your mind off the test.
7. Go to sleep early. Do not browse college confidential, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Go the fuck to sleep.
More experienced appblr/studyblrs: is there anything I missed?