Self-Proctoring: Simulate the Real SAT/ACT and Get Real Results (2024 Update)

Last updated Jan 9, 2024 

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Why Self-Proctor?

Before opening night of a play, actors conduct dress rehearsals to ensure a successful performance. It is similarly worthwhile to complete proctored SAT or ACT exams that simulate typical testing conditions.

Current and prospective A+ Test Prep students preparing to take the SAT or ACT can take advantage of the free proctored exams that A+ offers on the third Saturday of every month. Options for taking our Saturday proctored exams include taking one in-person at our Jenkintown office or participating remotely via Zoom. However, if a student is unable to attend one of our scheduled proctored either in-person or via Zoom, self-proctoring is a sensible substitute.

Before the Self-Proctored Test 

Just like a real exam, it’s important to be prepared and plan ahead for taking a self-proctored test. So, schedule a good time for your self-proctored exam and stick to it. Also, make sure you can create ideal testing conditions with the right supplies and no distractions.

  • ACT: Make sure you have a printed copy of the test and the one-page answer sheet ready, and then use the A+ Video Proctors by clicking on the appropriate video proctoring link: ACT, ACT Extended Time.
  • SAT: After you register, you will receive testing instructions and a login for the Digital Practice SAT.

On the Day of the Self-Proctored Test

  • Set aside the prescribed time needed to complete the test. For students who don’t get extended time, the ACT is 3 hours and 5 minutes, while the Digital SAT is 2 hours and 24 minutes, including one ten-minute break halfway through the exam.
  • If you qualify for extended time on the ACT, please use the extended time proctoring video. For extended time on the SAT, you’ll be given an option to choose extended time as you begin the test on the testing platform.
  • Gather supplies, such as pencils, a calculator, water, and snacks (for breaks only). If you are taking the Digital SAT, you’ll need a Windows laptop or tablet, a Mac laptop or iPad, or a Chromebook. Mobile phones cannot be used. Although you can have a device plugged in at home, it’s best to practice with it unplugged and fully charged just like it will be on test day.
  • Take the test around the time you would take the real test, meaning a weekend morning.
  • As best you can, mimic test conditions by taking the test in a quiet place. Make a sign to warn others to keep quiet. Turn off any unnecessary devices and distractions.

During the Self-Proctored Test

Without anyone directly monitoring you, it can be tempting to cut corners when it comes to the testing process. Resist. Be strict with yourself and follow the rules.

For the ACT

  • Fill in the bubbles of your answer sheet completely, and only take breaks when they are scheduled.
  • If you are using a phone, tablet, or computer to play a simulated proctoring program, then only keep that one device active with all other programs, apps, or notifications turned off.
  • Never use less or more than the time you are allotted for each section, complete sections out of order, or go back to previously completed sections.

For the SAT

  • Take advantage of the mark-up tools and don’t forget to answer every question.
  • Close all other apps on your device while you’re taking the test.


  • Avoid snacks and bathroom breaks except during “scheduled” break times.
  • When you do take breaks, make sure to wait the entire allotted time and remember to snack, stretch, and use the bathroom as you would on test day.
  • Wherever possible, don’t leave any questions unanswered. There is no penalty for wrong answers on either the SAT or ACT.

After the Self-Proctored Test

Once you have completed your test, it’s time to have it scored. A+ is happy to score any test, including self-proctored exams. The Digital SAT will be scored automatically upon completion of the test. If you are taking a practice ACT, please take a photo or scan of your answer sheet and use the A+ website submission form (preferred) or email the photo or scan to the office for scoring.

Final Thoughts

Taking proctored tests, even ones you proctor yourself, is one of the best ways to get an accurate idea of your performance and progress. Anyone who is serious about succeeding on the SAT/ACT and achieving his or her goals should take practice, especially practice tests, seriously. Now more than ever, it’s important to explore new ways to practice, such as self-proctoring, which can help you prepare for test day.

At A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, our practices are based on the latest developments in educational theory and research. We have an excellent team of tutors who can help you with standardized testing, executive functioning, or achievement in any other school subject. If you want to find out more about our services, or have any questions about self-proctoring practice exams, we can be reached at 215-886-9188 or email us at


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