Accommodations on College Board Exams for Students With Disabilities

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Accommodations on College Board Exams for Students With Disabilities

The College Board administers the SAT Suite of Assessments and Advanced Placement Exams for students seeking admission to colleges and scholarship programs. Across the country, many need one form of accommodation or the other while taking their college board tests.

If you're a college board student with a learning disability, you have a right to request individualized accommodation. Federal legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act outlines appropriate testing accommodations to remove barriers for students with disabilities when taking high-stakes tests. DoNotPay can help you request any special accommodations based on your needs when taking College Board exams.

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What Are College Board Testing Accommodations?

All tests administered by the College Board are designed to promote college readiness. can write a letter to request for testing accommodation on any college board exam.

Testing accommodations are adjustments made to the regular test-taking process to remove barriers for students with learning disabilities and allow them to demonstrate what they know and what they can do during standardized exams. To use testing accommodations while taking PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams, students with learning disabilities must get approval from the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities.

Testing Accommodations Offered to Students With Disabilities by The College Board

The College Board offers a wide range of accommodations for college board test-takers with disabilities. Accommodations are individualized; thus, the specific accommodations a student is eligible for depends on the nature of their disability.

Accommodations Available on the SAT Suite of Assessments

  1. SAT Test Centers

Accommodations provided at the SAT test center include:

  • Scheduling extra breaks
  • Additional break time
  • Extended time (up to 50% more time)
  • Large-print tests and answer sheets
  1. School-Based Testing

Accommodations for students approved to take college board tests at the school they attend include:

  • Extended time (some situations warrant double the time)
  • Students can be provided with a human reader.
  • Provision of test scribes

Accommodations Offered by The College Board

  1. Timing And Scheduling Accommodations
  • Taking tests over multiple sessions and days
  • Extended Time
  • Additional Breaks
  1. Exam Presentation Accommodations
  • Permission to use auditory amplification and frequency modulation devices.
  • Someone to read out the entire test to a student.
  • Permission to use assistive technologies compatible with the test format.
  • Oral presentation and signing of the test instructions to students.
  1. Responses Accommodations
  • Use of assistive technology such as speech-to-text software.
  • Permissions to dictate responses to a scribe.
  • Allowing students to use large-print answer sheets.
  1. Math Calculation Accommodations
  • Allowing students to use a four-function calculator on test sections where calculators are not supposed to be used.
  1. Setting Accommodations
  • Preferential seating according to specific student needs.
  • Employing a small group setting.
  • The environment is structured to enable wheelchair accessibility.

For more information, you can reach out to the College Board directly:

College Board Contact FormSend a Message
Phone Number for Students with Disabilities844-255-7728
SAT Accommodations FAQ PageFAQ or Help Center

If you are not comfortable or confident contacting the College Board by yourself, DoNotPay can do it on your behalf.

What You Should Know About Requesting for College Board Testing Accommodations

Students seeking more than one accommodation don't have to apply for each one individually; it is possible to request multiple accommodations with one application. If the request is not decided in time for the test, the student will not be allowed to sit for their SAT Suite of Assessments or AP Exams with the accommodations they're seeking. Since the approval process takes up to seven weeks, it's always best to submit your College Board testing accommodation request well before the test date.

How to Request College Board Testing Accommodations

You may work with your school to request College Board testing accommodation or choose to do it without your school's participation. Here is an overview of the accommodation process:

1. Determine If You're Eligible

Speak to a Students with Disabilities office to determine whether you'll be able to receive the same accommodations you've been receiving for your college board exams. Most students receive the same accommodations they've been receiving in school for their College Board exams.

2. Make an Accommodation Request

There are two ways you can go about it:

  • Through School

It's easier and more efficient to work through school: Below are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Contact your school's SSD coordinator.
  2. Sign the consent form or get your parents/guardian to do it for you.
  3. The SSD coordinator places a request on SSD Online.
  4. The online portal indicates whether documentation is needed.
  5. If documentation is needed, the SSD coordinator submits the needed documentation online.
  6. You're notified when a decision is made.
  7. If accommodations are approved, the decision letter comes with an eligibility letter with test-by-test details and an eligibility code needed for test registration.
  8. Bring the eligibility letter on test day.

  • Without Going Through School

If you're home-schooled or you do not wish to involve the school, your family can submit a paper request directly to SSD without going through school. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Establish whether accommodations appropriate for home are necessary for College Board exams.
  2. Check for the test dates and deadlines and start early.
  3. Print out the student eligibility form, get advice, and begin completing it.
  4. Read the documentation guidelines carefully.
  5. Mail or fax the completed student eligibility form and relevant documentation to SSD.
  6. You're notified of the decision that is made by mail.
  7. If a documentation review is required, submit the necessary documentation.
  8. If your accommodations are approved, the decision letter comes with an eligibility letter with test-by-test details and an eligibility code needed for test registration.

Request College Board Testing Accommodations With DoNotPay

If it's your first time, fitting all your details in a letter and sending the required documentation to the College Board can be overwhelming. DoNotPay is designed to help make the process faster and easier than when doing it yourself.

Let us take the stress out of the process while you confidently prepare for your College Board test knowing your exam accommodation request is well taken care of.

Use these three steps to request College Board testing accommodations with DoNotPay:

  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.

And that's it! DoNotPay will write a letter to the company administering your exam laying out the case for your accommodation request both with respect to that company’s internal policies and relevant disability law. You should receive a response soon!

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