Students with physical or learning disabilities may be eligible for special accommodations when taking standardized tests. Applying for testing accommodations is an extra step in the testing process and takes time, so planning ahead is crucial. Students who have a professionally diagnosed condition and who make use of special accommodations in their daily school activities and exams are likely eligible for testing accommodations. If your child falls into this category and is planning to take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT next year, start the application process now to ensure that everything is in order on test day.
Available adjustments to the test setting include (but are not limited to):
How to apply:
Note: The PSAT accommodations review process takes about seven weeks. It is recommended that students submit accommodation application materials the spring before taking the test.
Information furnished by collegeboard.org. For additional information on testing accommodations, visit Testing Accommodations.
Accommodations are similar to what is offered for the PSAT, including (but not limited to):
Once your child receives their eligibility letter, submit registration materials, including the necessary information outlined in the letter.
Note: Review takes about seven weeks from receipt of the application. Eligibility deadlines are earlier than SAT registration deadlines, so keep an eye on the calendar. If your student has received accommodations for the PSAT, however, those accommodations will automatically be in place for the SAT. If your student needs different accommodations, or their original request was denied, visit collegeboard.org for the appropriate forms and instructions. These processes will most likely be done through your student's counseling office.
Information furnished by collegeboard.org. For additional information on SAT testing accommodations, visit studypoint.com.
Extended time and alternate test formats are available for students who:
To learn what type of testing is best for your student, visit act.org.
Note: After the application materials are in, the ACT may contact your child's school for additional documentation. To ensure completion of all steps before the test date, get your student's application materials in as early as possible.
Information furnished by act.org. Visit studypoint.com for more information on ACT testing accommodations.
Preparation: The Best Accommodation
If your child is receiving testing accommodations on the official test day, it's important that those same accommodations are in place for their test prep as well. Whether your child is working independently through a test-prep guidebook, participating in a classroom program, or working with a private tutor, your child's test prep should be adapted to suit their unique needs. If they are receiving extended time on test day, then extra time should be provided for any proctored or practice tests. For example, if your child is receiving a large-type test booklet on test day, then it's important that any practice exams they take are also printed in large type. Large print and other alternate formats of the College Board's The Official SAT Study Guide can be obtained by contacting their Services for Students with Disabilities Department at 844-255-7728. For information on alternate format prep materials for the ACT, contact ACT Special Testing at 319-337-1332.
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