Documentation Guidelines for Students with ADHD
Some students with Attention–Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are eligible for accommodations on College Board tests. ADHD includes:
- Combined Type
- Predominantly Inattentive Type (Sometimes referred to as ADD)
- Predominantly Hyperactive–Impulsive Type
Not all students with ADHD require accommodations on College Board tests. To be eligible for accommodations on College Board tests, a student with ADHD must have documentation that meets the College Board's Guidelines for Documentation, including evidence of functional limitation. See:
The following additional guidelines are meant to assist students with ADHD in submitting requests for accommodations.
- The documentation should demonstrate that a comprehensive assessment was conducted, and that a person with appropriate professional credentials made the diagnosis according to DSM–IV–TR guidelines.
- A summary of current symptomotology, treatment, and ongoing needs should be included. Documentation should provide a narrative summary of evaluation results with clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in the academic setting. A rationale for each accommodation, specifically as they pertain to the student's need for accommodation on College Board tests, should be included.
- A medical note is not sufficient evidence to support the need for numerous accommodations.
- In most cases, comprehensive cognitive and academic testing should be submitted. See Learning Disabilities for examples of commonly used tests and measures.
- Additional information, such as survey forms and direct teacher observation, can be included. Documentation that describes your continuing need for and consistent use of requested accommodations would be helpful.
- Accommodation needs change and are not always identified at the time of initial diagnosis. Conversely, a prior history of accommodation, without documentation of current need and consistent use, does not necessarily demonstrate eligibility for accommodation(s) on College Board tests.