Testing Accomodations for ACT and SAT

ACT - click here for more information: www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/

ACT is committed to serving students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations appropriate to the student's diagnosis. ACT has established policies regarding documentation of an applicant's disability and the process for requesting accommodations. For details, see ACT Policy for Documentation to Support Requests for Test Accommodations on the ACT.

If you currently receive accommodations in school due to a professionally diagnosed and documented disability, you may submit documentation to support a request for one of the following:

National Standard Time with Accommodations

National Extended Time (50% more time): Approved students taking the ACT (No Writing) have up to 5 hours total to work on all four multiple-choice tests at their own pace. Approved students taking the ACT Plus Writing have up to 5 hours and 45 minutes to complete all five tests. Both options include time for breaks between tests.

Special Testing (at school): Testing at school with extended time and alternate formats available—not as part of national or international testing at a test center.

The basic fees for all forms of testing are the same. Read the information about each to determine which one to choose and follow that application or request process carefully. Refer to the comparison chart to review the requirements and features of National Extended Time and Special Testing (at school) to decide which is most appropriate for you.

ACT will treat all information you provide to support your request as confidential and will use it solely to determine your eligibility for accommodations. Details about your test accommodations will be shared only with the testing staff and will not be released to anyone else, including your chosen score report recipients.

The ACT and ACT Plus Writing are offered only in English. Accommodations (including extended time) are not available solely on the basis of limited English proficiency.

Click here for more information on ACT policy for documentation:www.actstudent.org/regist/disab/policy.html

SAT - click here for more information: professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd

The College Board's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) provides a broad range of accommodations, such as Braille tests, large print, and extended time, to students who provide documentation of a disability. The College Board is committed to ensuring that students with physical or mental disabilities receive appropriate accommodations on its tests.

Accommodations, documentation guidelines, and after a decision is made

A student with a documented disability may be eligible for accommodations on College Board tests (SAT®, AP®, or PSAT/NMSQT®). Most students seeking accommodations on College Board tests work with their school officials to ensure that the disability documentation required by the College Board eligibility guidelines is complete and substantiates the need for the accommodations being requested. When a student's school annually verifies that he or she continues to receive these accommodations on school tests, the student will not need to reapply for accommodations.

To request accommodations, a student must submit a request to the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Schools can submit requests for their students electronically by using the College Board’s SSD Online Disabilities Accommodation Management System. If students are requesting accommodations without the assistance of their school, they can submit a paper Student Eligibility Form. For further instructions on how to request accommodations, see Applying for Accommodations.

Eligibility process

The College Board may ask to to review supporting disability documentation. Documentation should meet the College Board's Documentation Guidelines. Because the review process is thorough, it takes about seven weeks from the receipt of all documentation for the College Board to make a determination. Students and schools are encouraged to forward requests for accommodations early. See Important SSD Dates for specific timeframes and Applying for Accommodations for more detailed information on how to request accommodations.

After the decision

When the College Board determines the eligibility of a student for accommodations, he or she and the school will receive an Eligibility Letter. In it, the student is assigned an SSD Eligibility Code that he or she is to use when communicating with the College Board and when registering for tests, including online registration for the SAT.

Most schools have SSD Coordinators, at DRRHS the SSD Coordinator is Janet Griffith (508) 252-5025 extension 5620.

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