Eligibility & Review
College Board SSD criteria explained
Not all students with disabilities require accommodations. Not all students who do require accommodations require the same accommodations. Some accommodations received by students in school are not necessary for the purposes of participating in College Board tests. To ensure that the College Board provides the right accommodations, we require that a student's documentation meet our criteria. We must approve accommodations before a student can take College Board tests.
We offer two ways for a student to be determined eligible for accommodations on its tests:
- School Verification—The SSD Coordinator verifies that the student meets the College Board's criteria and that the disability documentation meets the Guidelines for Documentation. Note that some accommodation requests cannot be verified by schools.
- Documentation Review—The College Board reviews a student's disability documentation to determine if it meets its criteria and guidelines. Students may also directly request that the College Board's SSD office make the eligibility determination.
Students do not need to specify the application process they are using in their request for accommodations, but they must provide documentation where required. See Documentation Requirements for information on when documentation is required, and Documentation Guidelines to learn what types of documentation is necessary.
Regardless of which process is used to review the accommodations request, basic requirements for eligibility include the following:
- The student must have a documented disability.
- The mere presence of a disability does not necessarily mean that the student requires accommodations on College Board tests. The disability must impact the student's ability to participate in standardized tests. (See Functional Limitations.)
- The student must demonstrate a need for the specific accommodation that is being requested. (For example, students requesting extended time must show not only that they have a disability, but that they have difficulty with test–taking under timed conditions.)
- Inclusion of an accommodation on an IEP/504 Plan/Formal Plan does not automatically qualify a student for accommodations on College Board tests.
- Temporary physical conditions, such as a broken arm, are not disabilities and do not provide eligibility for accommodations under the College Board's accommodation process. In limited circumstances, the College Board will provide some assistance for temporary physical conditions through its temporary accommodation process. (See Temporary Medical Condition.)