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Information about testing with accommodations on PSAT/NMSQT tests

To take the PSAT/NMSQT tests with testing accommodations, students with disabilities must have their accommodations approved by the College Board. See Applying for Accommodations for more information. The following information explains many details about accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT.

What if a new student enters the school in the fall and wants to take the PSAT/NMSQT with accommodations?

Accommodations must be approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). If a student previously approved by the College Board for an accommodation transfers to a new school and receives the same accommodation there, he or she will still be eligible for the approved accommodations if receiving the same accommodations in the new school. See Transfer Students for more information.  If the student has not previously applied for accommodations, accommodations should be requested right away, as deadlines for the PSAT/NMSQT are often in late August or Early September. See Applying for Accommodations for more information. 

How will I be notified once my students are approved?

SSD Coordinators are emailed when approval decisions are made, and can also print out a roster of all students who have been approved for accommodations, in all grades, at any time, by using SSD Online.  Testing coordinators and SSD Coordinators should work together to ensure that the testing coordinator is aware of all students who have been approved for accommodations.

How will I order nonstandard test formats?

Tests are available in Braille, large-type, cassette, or reader's script formats. After consulting with the SSD Coordinator, testing coordinators will order these nonstandard test formats at Order rosters will not be mailed to schools. Nonstandard test formats may be ordered only for students who have approved accommodations requiring such materials, and students who use nonstandard test formats when not approved will not have tests scored or receive score information. See Register and Order Materials for more information.

How will I submit a Nonstandard Administration Roster (NAR)?

Close to the test date, SSD Coordinators should access SSD Online to create and print a PSAT/NMSQT Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) that includes each student that will be testing and is approved for accommodations. Paper NARs will no longer be mailed to schools. At the time of testing, the NAR must be completed and then returned with all used answer sheets and other related materials.Scores will not be released until the NAR is received.

Do accommodations for the Wednesday test and Saturday test differ?

Students who need to take the braille or cassette version of the PSAT/NMSQT must take the test on the Wednesday test date. All other accommodations, such as extended time, large-type test booklet, reader, or writer, are available on both test dates.

What is section timing?

All students, including students with accommodations, take the test with section timing. This means that each section of the test will have a start and finish time. If extended time is an approved accommodation, it will be applied to each section of the test separately. How the sections are timed is detailed below, using standard as well as 50% or 100% extended time administrations.

SectionStandard Time50% Extended Time100% Extended Time
Critical Reading (2 sections) 25 minutes per section 38 minutes per section 50 minutes per section
Math (2 sections) 25 minutes per section 38 minutes per section 50 minutes per section
Writing Skills (1 section) 30 minutes 45 minutes 60 minutes

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  • PSAT/NMSQT® Services for Students with Disabilities
  • P.O. Box 8060
  • Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864-0060
  • Phone: (609) 771-7137
  • FAX: (866) 360-0114
  • TTY: (609) 882-4118
  • Email:
  • Phones are available between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. You may also contact PSAT/NMSQT, SAT or AP for specific information about each program.

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