What Not to do During the ACT/SAT Practice Exams

There are some things you shouldn't do during an SAT / ACT practice exam.

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Thankfully, there is a lot of information on how to best prepare for and take the ACT/SAT tests. That information is important to help you excel and attain scholarships to help with the cost of college. But besides knowing how to prepare and using tips for taking the exams, you should also keep in mind things that won’t fly during the ACT/SAT tests. A great way to do this is to practice exactly as if you are taking the real test.


Eat or Drink

During the exam, you will not be allowed to eat or drink in the testing room. You are allowed breaks and during those can snack and stay hydrated. Thus, when you do a practice exam, limit your break times so you know what to expect.

Make it Loud

Don’t take an SAT / ACT practice exam in a loud environment. ACT/SAT testing rooms are quiet, filled with nothing but the shuffling of feet and papers, the scratching of pencils, and the ticking of the clock. As tempting as it may be to use headphones for music or earplugs for total silence, you will not be allowed those items during the actual exam.

Give Yourself Too Much Time

Try not to give yourself all of the time in the world to take an SAT / ACT practice exam. The timing is very exact, and it’s a good idea to practice your pace so you know what questions to spend more time on, and which ones you can get through a little quicker.

While these don’t necessarily comprise every single thing you should not do during an SAT / ACT practice exam, they are some of the most important ones. Try your best to keep your study environment as close to the real thing as you can.

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