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Navigating the Digital SAT: Your Ultimate Pre-Game Checklist


Ari Freuman

on March 6, 2024


As you prepare to embark on the significant journey of taking the digital SAT, it’s imperative to ensure that you’re as ready as possible for the big day. To help you navigate through this process, we at Ivy Tutor have compiled an essential pre-game checklist. This list is designed to ensure that you have a smooth testing experience, free from any unforeseen technical glitches or stressors. Let’s dive into the details.

1. Download the Bluebook App

Begin by downloading the Bluebook app on the device you plan to use for the actual test. This is your gateway to the digital SAT, and having it ready is step one to a successful test day.

2. System Check and Hall Ticket

Approximately five days before your test, the Bluebook app will be updated to include your hall ticket and an option to run a system check. It’s crucial to perform this system check before test day to ensure your device meets all necessary requirements.

3. Hall Ticket Printout

Although the digital SAT moves many aspects of the process online, having a physical copy of your hall ticket is still essential. Make sure to print it out and keep it handy for test day.

4. Charge Your Device

Ensure your device is fully charged the night before the test. A device running out of battery mid-test is the last thing you want.

5. Power Backup

Bring along your charger and an extension cord to the testing center. If you have one, bring a power bank that is compatible with your device. This is your backup plan to keep your device powered throughout the test.

6. Understand the Role of the Proctor

Your proctor will use an app called the Test Day Toolkit, which allows them to monitor students’ progress and handle any technical issues. If you encounter any problems, report them to your proctor immediately.

7. Pack a Snack

A chocolate bar or your preferred snack can be a great energy booster during breaks. Remember to bring something to keep your spirits and energy up.

8. Pens and Pencils

While the SAT is digital, you’ll still need pens or pencils for scratch work. Scratch paper will be provided, so be ready to jot down your thoughts and calculations.

9. Physical Calculator

If you’re more comfortable using your physical calculator, don’t forget to bring it along for the test day. Ensure it’s a model approved by the College Board.

10. Stay Within the App

During the test, the Bluebook app will lock down your computer screen to prevent any navigation outside the app. It’s crucial not to attempt to exit or close the app during the test. The College Board has strict protocols, and any attempt to navigate away from the app, intentional or not, could result in your test being invalidated.


Preparation is key to success, and by following this checklist, you’ll be in a strong position to tackle the digital SAT with confidence. At Ivy Tutor, we’re committed to providing you with the support and resources you need to achieve your best. Remember, this test is a step toward your future, and with the right preparation, you can approach it with confidence and peace of mind.

Best of luck, and remember, we’re here to help every step of the way.

Warm regards,

The Ivy Tutor Team


Ari Freuman

Ari began his journey into test prep while working on his Master’s degree in Psychology at SUNY New Paltz and continued through his second Master’s in Statistics. Thanks to insights from his graduate-level studies, Ari became one of the top private tutors in the New York metropolitan era, where he earned a reputation as the original “Ivy Tutor.” Ari decided to create Ivy Tutor when he realized how difficult it was, at any price point, to find tutors who could reliably help students reach their scoring potential.


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