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Duke University
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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


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When does the SAT test typically start?

I'm thinking about registering for the SAT soon but wanted to know—what time does the test usually start? Just trying to get an idea so I can plan my day accordingly.

7 months ago

The SAT typically starts at around 8:00 am. However, it's important that you arrive at the testing center by 7:45 am at the latest to check-in and get situated. Regular testing usually lasts until about 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm, but if you're taking the SAT with the optional Essay section, expect to be there until around 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Make sure to bring your admission ticket, a valid photo ID, No. 2 pencils with erasers, and an approved calculator. It's also a good idea to bring a snack and water bottle for breaks. The specific testing location and other details will be provided when you register for a test date.

Remember to give yourself plenty of time in the morning to have a good breakfast and arrive at the testing center with time to spare. It's always better to be early and relaxed before taking the test. Good luck!

7 months ago

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