You have finished studying and preparing for the ACT in Walnut Creek, and the big day is coming soon! So aside from the basic things that you are required to bring, there are some other things you may want to take that might help you go through the exam.

It’s understandable that you are excited or a little nervous about the big test day. But hopefully, these jittery feelings won’t cloud your plans on what to bring at the test center. Make a list of the items to bring, preferably three to four days in advance, and check the list one more time the night before the day of the exam.
What are you required to bring:

  • A valid ID with photo
  • Admission ticket
  • Sharpened No. 2 pencils, only (make sure they have good erasers)
  • An approved calculator and extra batteries (It’s better if you bring new batteries and a couple of spare ones)

An ACT test can be really grueling. Here are the additional items that you should bring to keep ready during the difficult test hours:

  • A sharpener
  • A sweater or a blazer in case the room feels cold
  • A watch to keep time
  • Snacks (and drinks) for short breaks

Here are the optional items that you might want to consider:

  • Tissues
  • Medicines for pain and stomach upset relief like Advil and Pepto Bismol; inhalers, ointments, and other medications you are required to take

And these are the things that you should NOT bring:

  • Mechanical pencils
  • Ink pens
  • Cell phones, smartphones, tablets
  • Electronic timers
  • Books, magazines, or other reading materials
  • MP3 players

Aside from the items that you should bring, make sure that you know the location of the ACT test center. If the test center is located in an area that you’re a bit unfamiliar with, you should find it on the map in advance and connect it to your GPS on the morning of the test day. Or go to the location a few days before the test so you’re sure you know where it is. You know you cannot afford to arrive late for the test!

Make sure that you have a good night’s sleep before the test day. A mind and body that are well-rested can help you perform on the test better. The advantage of preparing early for the ACT months in advance is that it allows you much time left to relax and to have a good time before the exam. Cramming or stressing over the test for days before the exam will never help you to score well on the test anyway.

Before leaving home, make sure that your belly is filled with a good breakfast. Something with protein is recommended – like cheese or yogurt – if you feel you can’t eat an entire meal. You can’t expect yourself to perform well on the test if your stomach is empty!

Months of preparation, a complete set of items to bring, a good night’s sleep, and a good breakfast will help you to be ready and to gain the confidence you need on the test day for the ACT in Walnut Creek!