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Extra/Extended Breaks

Guidelines for breaks on College Board tests

Many students with disabilities are provided extra or extended breaks on College Board tests. Because the needs of students differ, there are different types of breaks available.

Most students who are approved for extra breaks have their needs met by breaks between test sections. Additional breaks of a standard length (usually 5 minutes) are given at scheduled times.

Some students with medical conditions require breaks as needed. When a student is in this category, breaks are granted as requested by the student. The student notifies the proctor by raising his or her hand and the timing of the test must stop. When the student is ready to continue, the student again notifies the proctor, and the timing will continue.

Students may also be approved for extended breaks between a section or subject, or an extra break before the end of a section or subject (e.g., to test blood sugar or use the restroom). In most cases, such extended breaks are for twice the standard time.

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  • College Board SSD Program
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  • Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864-0060
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