Accommodations: College Board Tests

AP, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, SAT II

Who is eligible to apply for accommodations from the College Board?
The basic requirements for eligibility include the following:

  • The student must have a documented “disability.”
  • The disability must impact the student’s ability to perform to his/her capacity on standardized tests.
  • 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.)
  • For temporary physical conditions, such as a broken arm, there is a temporary accommodation process to which students may apply. In such cases, students do not apply through the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities Accommodations Office (SSD).

**Please note, that inclusion of an accommodation on an in-school accommodation plan does not automatically qualify a student for accommodations on College Board tests.

How do I apply for accommodations?
To request accommodations, an application must be submitted on the student’s behalf to College Board’s SSD Office. At Saint Ann’s, it is the responsibility of the Testing Accommodations Coordinator to submit accommodations applications for our students electronically by using the College Board’s SSD Online Disabilities Accommodation Management System. Please contact Sarah Drake to make a plan for requesting testing accommodations.

If students are requesting accommodations without the assistance of Saint Ann’s staff, they may submit a paper Student Eligibility form. In our experience, however, it is much to the students’ and parents’ advantage to have the support and experience of the Testing Accommodations Coordinator in this process.

What constitutes a “current” evaluation?
According to College Board policy, in order for a student to receive accommodations for PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and AP examinations, s/he must have a current (within the past five years) psychoeducational evaluation.

More information can be found at: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd.

How late can I submit a new evaluation to Saint Ann’s?
The sooner we receive documentation from you, the better so that we may create an in-school accommodation plan. It is preferable that new in-school accommodation plan will have been in place for more than four school months before submitting applications with College Board.

If a student’s in-school accommodation plan has been in place for four school months before the date upon which the College Board accommodations application is submitted, the Testing Accommodations Coordinator may be permitted in certain cases (see below, School Verification) to submit the application/request without being required to provide the College Board with the eligibility documentation. In such cases, it is the responsibility of the Testing Accommodations Coordinator to guarantee that the eligibility documentation on file at school satisfies the College Board’s documentation guidelines.

See http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd/application/dates or chart below for application deadlines for specific tests

How long does it take to hear whether the application was approved?
It generally takes five to seven weeks for the College Board to process accommodation requests; after which, you will receive a letter from them informing you of their decision.

What happens if my accommodations application is approved?
– You’ll get an SSD Number (see below).
– Your accommodations will stay in place for all standardized College Board tests you take throughout your high school career (with some exceptions—see Sarah Drake for details).

What is an SSD Number and why do I need it?
Once approved for accommodations by the College Board, you will be assigned an SSD Number.  This number is your accommodations ID number and you will need it in order to register online for College Board exams.  Therefore, it is important to keep in on file in a handy place.

Accommodations Request Deadlines:

2016-2017 Test Dates Deadline for Receipt of All Documentation:
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
October 1, 2016
August 12, 2016
PSAT/NMSQT
October 15, 19 and Nov 2, 2016
August 30, 2016
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
November 5, 2016
September 16, 2016
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
December 3, 2016
October 15, 2016
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
January 21, 2017
December 2, 2016
SAT
March 11, 2017
January 20, 2017
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
May 6, 2017
March 17, 2017
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
May 1–5, 8–12, 2017
February 17, 2017
SAT and SAT Subject Tests
June 3, 2017
April 14, 2017

* In some cases, when documentation is not required, requests for accommodations submitted after the above date(s) may be decided before the test date. However, there is no guarantee that accommodations will be approved and test materials shipped in time for the test.

**AP dates are set to ensure that most accommodation-eligibility determinations can be made before AP Exam ordering deadlines.

Options for applying for accommodations from the College Board

1. School Verification
The Testing Accommodations Coordinator verifies that the student’s application meets the College Board’s criteria for eligibility, and that the documentation on file at school meets their Guidelines for Documentation. Note that some accommodation requests cannot be processed under the School Verification protocol. The Testing Accommodations Coordinator will inform the student and parents in such cases.

2. Documentation Review
A College Board review panel evaluates a student’s documentation to determine if it meets the College Board’s criteria and guidelines. Students may also directly request that the College Board’s SSD Office make the eligibility determination. Again, it is to the student’s advantage to apply with the help and guidance of the Testing Accommodations Coordinator.

The Testing Accommodations Coordinator will inform students and parents as to which one of the two protocols their application is best suited.

Special Information for Students with 100% Extended Time

All SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject tests are administered on pre-determined Saturdays (http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-us-dates), but students taking the SAT Reasoning Test with 100% extended time will test over a two day period, the Saturday test date and the next day, Sunday.  Students taking two subject tests are advised to take the one for which they feel most prepared first.  When they finish that test, they can decide if they have the stamina for the second test, and proceed accordingly.  The reason we are recommending such a strategy is that, according to CB policy, once a students starts the second test, if s/he decides to cancel the score of that second test, the score of the first test must automatically be cancelled as well.  SAT scores are usually available 2.5 weeks after the test.