Information for Test Day

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Before the test

Be sure your student eats well, relaxes, and gets a good night's sleep the night prior to testing. You should also double check the testing time and location, which are printed on the test admission ticket.

Start times may vary slightly by test center. Typically, you should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. If you arrive after the test administrators begin giving instructions, you will not be admitted.

What to bring

You don’t need to worry about bringing standardized identification, which is not necessary for 4th–6th Grade Talent Search students.

Admission ticket

However, you must bring the test admission ticket for your student to be allowed in to test. You can use either of the following documents as the admission ticket:

  1. The confirmation email sent to you by the College Board (from—check your junk mail folder if you can’t find it
  2. The hard-copy ticket College Board sent via US mail


Your student should also bring number 2 pencils, a good eraser, an approved calculator, as well as a bottle of water.

A watch may also be helpful as some testing centers may not have a clock. Cell phones are not allowed outside of backpacks or purses, and they must be on silent, so they cannot be used to track time or as a calculator.

What to expect

Students are advised to arrive at the test center by 7:45 a.m. They will be directed to an assigned seat. Once all students are seated, the test administrators will begin providing instructions. If students arrive after instructions have begun, they will not be admitted to the test. During the test, students will receive a warning five minutes before the end of each section—but that’s it.

Parents and dismissal

Most testing centers do not have a waiting area due to lack of staff and to ensure the safety of students. To reduce noise and distractions, family members also are not allowed to stay in the hallways, and many sites lock the building once testing starts.

Some parents wait in their cars or relax someplace nearby during testing. Students will be dismissed once testing is complete and all materials have been collected. Parents should return to the testing center before students are dismissed.

Inclement weather

Inclement weather make-up days have been scheduled for Saturday, February 29, and Sunday, March 1.

Students who cannot attend the established testing makeup dates will not be refunded testing fees.

Testing complaints

TIP does not administer the PSAT 8/9, so please report all problems to College Board directly. However, we also want to know if you encounter a problem on test day. Please contact us with any concerns at or (919) 668-9100.