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Hearing Impairments

Sign language interpreters and other accommodations

Many students with hearing impairments need assistance during the presentation of test directions, which are usually given orally before the beginning of the test. Although most College Board tests have no listening component, the Board provides a copy of written directions to students with documented hearing impairments who request them.

Sign language interpreter

When written directions would not accommodate a student's needs for the test, the College Board will provide additional testing accommodations, including, if appropriate, a sign language interpreter, at no extra cost to the student.

The College Board is aware that some students with hearing impairments would prefer to use a sign language interpreter, even when a written copy of the directions would accommodate their needs. In these situations, students may bring their own sign language interpreter, at their own expense.

All testing accommodations, including requests for written test directions and requests for interpreters, must be requested by submitting a request for accommodations and all necessary documentation no later than the postmark deadline for the administration date of the specific test of interest.

For information about documenting a hearing impairment, see Hearing Impairments.

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