When a student needs accommodations with the SAT®
A student who has a documented disability, may be eligible for accommodations on the SAT®. To receive test accommodations, the student must apply for and receive College Board approval. Scores may be canceled if it is determined that a student received accommodations that were not approved by the College Board.
How students apply for accommodations
If possible, a student should apply for accommodations before submitting a test registration, preferably in the spring before his first College Board test. Accommodations approved for other program tests (AP® or PSAT/NMSQT®) apply to the SAT as well.
- The student must complete a Student Eligibility Form supplied by you or the SSD Coordinator at your school.
- If the student is requesting accommodations that he already receives at your school, the SSD Coordinator completes the appropriate part of the form.
- If the student is new to your school and was approved for accommodations at a prior school, your school will need to confirm the student's continued eligibility.
An Eligibility Approval Letter stating the granted accommodations will be sent to approved students.
Types of accommodations
The SAT Program is committed to offering appropriate accommodations to students who need them to take our tests. Accommodations can be approved for how testing materials are presented (for example, large-print materials, reader), how responses are recorded (for example, computer, Braille recorder), how tests are timed (extended time, extra breaks), or general testing environment. Many of these accommodations require in-school testing, but some of the accommodations can be offered in the nonstandard testing rooms at test centers, including:
- 50 percent extended time
- Extended breaks
- Additional breaks
- Sign-language interpreter
Some adjustments to the test setting can be provided in the standard testing rooms, such as wheelchair accessibility, seating that allows a student to lip-read, and writing answers in the test book.
Please visit the SSD area for further information.
Registering with approved accommodations
Students who have already been approved for accommodations can register online for the SAT. The student's Eligibility Approval Letter will include a unique SSD Code, located in the upper-right corner of the letter. The student will be prompted to enter this code when registering online.
Students registering by paper must include a photocopy of their Eligibility Approval Letter with their completed SAT Registration Form.
Registering for the SAT before accommodations are approved
It's important for students to understand that if they register for the SAT before being approved for accommodations, they will be registered for a standard administration. If they receive approval for accommodations after testing, they cannot go back to cancel their scores after the published score cancellation deadline.
Students can register before receiving approval by mailing a completed Student Eligibility Form together with a paper SAT Registration Form in the College Board SSD Program envelope addressed to the SSD Office.
Students who receive approval for accommodations after they register, but before their test date, should call Services for Students with Disabilities immediately. If they call at least two and one-half weeks (three weeks for international students) before the test date, they should be able to test with accommodations. If it is closer to the test date, they may have to change their test date to a later one in order to receive accommodations.
Urge your students to mail their forms by the appropriate SSD dates. Note that the eligibility application dates are earlier than the SAT registration deadlines. There is also a seven-week deadline for documentation review of requests that are made with documentation from sources other than the school.