Information for Test Day

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Before the test

Get a good night's sleep the night before your test, and eat a hearty breakfast that morning. Then double check the testing time and location listed on your admission ticket.

Typically, you should arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. If you arrive after the test administrators begin giving instructions, you will not be admitted.

What to bring

There are two items you must have to be allowed into the test center.

1. The identification form

The identification form is the only identification needed; you don’t need to worry about a photo ID.

You can download your student’s identification form here:

The invitation to enroll in the talent search that you received from your school may not be used for entrance into the test center.

2. Admission ticket

ACT or SAT will send you the admission ticket at least two weeks before your test date. If you don’t receive it, call ACT at (319) 337-1270 or SAT at (866) 756-7346. Students who are thirteen years old can also visit the agency’s website to print their own tickets.

The admission ticket is a different document from the identification form, and you must have both to test.


We recommend you bring two sharpened number 2 pencils, an approved calculator (review ACT's calculator policy and SAT’s calculator policy), and a snack and drink for breaks. Be sure your snacks can be stored out of sight in a backpack or paper bag.

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TIP does not administer the tests, so please report all problems to ACT or SAT directly. But we also want to know if you have a problem on test day so that we can improve your experience whenever possible. Please contact us at

Missed tests

If you can’t make your test date for any reason, including inclement weather, call your testing agency directly to reschedule. You can reach ACT at (319) 337-1270 or SAT at (866) 756-7346).

You can do so before or after your test, but the agency will charge a fee unless the test was cancelled due to bad weather. ACT and SAT don’t typically offer refunds for missed test dates.

Bad weather

You can check for cancellations due to bad weather on the ACT and SAT websites to see if the test center is closed.


We encourage you to follow through with the testing experience and reschedule if you miss the original test date so that you can take advantage of the diagnostic benefits that above-level testing provides. There are test dates available through June, but please note the educational programs and recognition ceremonies timeline.

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.