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What to Bring to Your MAT Exam

There are a few important things that you must bring to your MAT exam; without them, you will not be able to sit for the test, and you will have to reschedule. Be careful in going over the following:

What to bring to the MAT

You must bring two valid forms of identification. Your first, or primary, form of ID must be government-issued and contain both your photograph and your signature (typical of a drivers license). The second form of ID does not need to have your photograph or signature.

Acceptable primary forms of ID (government-issued with photograph and signature) include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Government-issued identification card
  • passport

Acceptable secondary forms of ID (photograph and signature not required) include:

  • Credit card
  • Library card
  • Utility bill with your name and address appearing exactly the same as on your primary form of ID

You may also bring a piece of paper with the names and addresses of the schools you want your scores sent to; the testing center staff will inspect this, so make sure it has only the addresses written on it.

Banned items

While taking the MAT, you are not allowed to have anything with you during testing. If you violate the policy in any way, your scores will likely be canceled (and it is unlikely you will receive a refund).

You cannot have any reference materials or electronic devices with you while you are taking the MAT, including:

  • Books
  • Papers and/or notes
  • Rulers
  • Calculators (including watch calculators)
  • Cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Headphones
  • Pagers
  • PDAs
  • Recording devices

Pearson also lists several additional banned items:

  • Writing instruments other than pencils
  • Food or beverages
  • A hat with a bill or brim (if you need to wear such a hat for religious or medical reasons, you must submit an Accommodations Request Form)
  • Purses
  • backpacks
  • briefcases

To clarify, you can bring such items to test centers with lockers or other storage, but not in the actual testing room.

It helps to print out this list, at least to know what you should bring, so that you can check things off.

About Bertrand

Bertrand is a remote tutor and a MAT blogger for Magoosh. He received a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and studied education theory at Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He has been studying and working in education since 2010. Born and raised in New Jersey, he now resides in Philadelphia. When he isn’t helping students study or writing blogs for Magoosh, he spends his time practicing mixed martial arts and reading as much as his schedule permits.

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