Request Testing Accommodations In College In 3 Easy Steps

Request Testing Accommodations Request Testing Accommodations In College In 3 Easy Steps

How to Request Testing Accommodations in College In 3 Steps

The application procedure for people planning to enter college can sometimes be a daunting experience. If you or your loved one has a disability and are requesting testing accommodations in college, this can be even more challenging, as it mostly needs assembling the required documentation, completing additional paperwork as well as anticipating deadlines.

Fortunately, if you ever find yourself in such a situation, there should be no cause for alarm–DoNotPay can be of help.

Testing Accommodations for College Students

Testing accommodations in college are conducted by the College Board. And in testing accommodations for students, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes sure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to pursue and fairly compete for opportunities by requiring the college board to give exams in a manner that's accessible to people with disabilities.

The Department of Justice published the final revised rule implementing the ADA for Title II (State and local government services) and Title III (Commercial facilities and Public accommodations). These rules refine and clarify issues that might have arisen and contain updated and new requirements.

What Types of Testing Accommodations Are Offered at College?

The following are the types of testing accommodations offered at college.

  • Extended Time

The extended test time is a time and a half. Some circumstances warrant double the time, like requiring an alternative format for the test presentation. Extended time, which is beyond double-time, needs consultation with the DSS director and particular direction from the medical professional in the field of disability.

  • Reader

The students who qualify for a test in audio format are given a Disability Support Service (DSS) who reads the test in person for the student.

  • Scribe

Students whose disability affects typing or writing might be provided with a DSS scribe for the tests.

  • Test Clarification

There might be a time when a student taking a test in the ADA office inquiries for an explanation or a definition of a word in a test question. The staff member giving the test should decide if the question asked is essential to the purpose of the exam.

Sometimes, due to unusual wording or typography of a question, the excellent procedure might be to reach the faculty member via telephone. Giving your contact details in order for the board to get to you during a test is crucial.

  • Braille

If a test needs to be formatted in Braille, the student is required to contact the DSS instructor one week before the exam.

How to Apply for College Accommodations on Your Own

Applying for college accommodation can be challenging due to the procedures involved.

Here are steps to follow when applying:

  1. Complete the Student Disability Service (SDS) Application and email it to

You should research the application process of the college by looking at their website and then requesting accommodation by completing a college-specific form or scheduling an in-person visit to the office.

  1. Submit documentation from a health care provider.

You should provide psychological or medical documentation to the campus office of the disability that describes your disability and how it impacts your daily functioning.

  1. Check your email account for SDS communication regarding the status of your application.

When your eligibility status has been confirmed, you will be assigned an Access consultant from the office and then be invited to schedule an intake appointment to discuss the available services.

  1. When approved, email or call the college to schedule an initial meeting.

You will receive an email addressing the status of your application, and you can schedule your initial meeting with your access consultant by sending an email to or calling 319-335-1462.

  1. Attend the initial meeting together with your SDS Access Consultant.

Your approved accommodations will be outlined at the initial meeting, and then you and your Access Consultant can complete the letter requesting the accommodations.

  1. Generate your Letter or Letters of Accommodation every semester.

You will be required to generate your letters of accommodation every semester, which you can access via the student portal on the SDS website.

  1. Meet with your instructors and discuss the implementation of the accommodation.

Many accommodations work best when you and the instructor have an agreement and detailed plan. You should have this plan in writing in that it might be easy to reference it throughout the semester by you and the instructor.

How to Request for Testing Accommodations in College With DoNotPay

With DoNotPay, it only takes 3 steps to request testing accommodation at college:


  1. Search for testing accommodations on DoNotPay. 
  2. Start our Request My Testing Accommodation product by telling us which test you intend to take. 
  3. Answer some questions about your specific disability and testing plans. 

DoNotPay can help you to request testing accommodations for the following:

American College Test


The Law School

Admission Test


The Medical College Admission Test®


DoNotPay can even help you get accommodations for special needs like ADHD. We can send a letter to the college on your behalf, provide any required evidence as well as request the appropriate accommodation as guaranteed by the college board and various relevant disability laws.

Where Else Does DoNotPay Come in Handy?

Alongside testing accommodation in college, we can also help you with the following services:

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