Weekend SAT and ACT Health and Safety Protocols

Steps for safe SAT and ACT weekend exams in schools

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to the health and safety of all staff, students, and parents/guardians. All testing procedures and safety protocols will be followed to ensure testing and cleaning practices meet current health department and division guidance.

Additional details and the specific health and safety protocols for each assessment are available on the following websites:

For weekend administrations, FCPS health guidelines will prevail any time local requirements are stricter than those required by ACT and the College Board. 

What Students Should Bring on Exam Day

Exam sites are unable to provide materials for students.

Required Materials

Students must bring the following materials with them on the day of the exam, which are required to take the assessment. 

  • Student ID
  • Test ticket 
  • Mask -
    • Beginning with the March SAT administrations and in accordance with updated FCPS health and safety guidance, masks will be required only when the CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is high.
      • At centers where masks are required, both students and staff will be asked to confirm their agreement with four COVID-19 Safety Screening statements before they can be admitted to a test center. Testing staff will deny entry to any student who doesn't confirm all the statements below or refuses to answer them.
    • ACT is still requiring all examinees to bring and wear masks or other cloth face covering (both referred to as “masks”) to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Examinees will be prohibited from entering the testing facility without a mask.
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Emergency contact information 

Permitted Materials

Students are permitted to bring the following materials. 

    • Hand sanitizers and/or wipes - May be taken into the exam room but must remain underneath the desk while the exam is underway
    • Approved calculator - Schools will not provide calculators on the day of testing.
    • Food/water - May be taken into the exam room but must remain underneath the desk while the exam is underway and may be accessed only during breaks, unless a specific accommodation allows otherwise

    Prohibited Materials

    Students are prohibited to use the following materials in the testing room and during breaks.

    • Use of electronic devices is prohibited from the time the student is admitted to the testing room until they are dismissed at the end of the test, including break times. Specifically:
      • Students may not handle or access a cell phone or electronic device at any time in the testing room or during break times. This includes smart watches, fitness bands, and any other devices with recording, internet, or communication capabilities.
      • All devices, including cell phones and wearable devices, must be turned off and placed out of sight.

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