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Taking the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with Accommodations

To take the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 with accommodations, students with documented disabilities must request accommodations from the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

College Board Approval Required

Use of accommodations without College Board approval results in cancellation of test scores. Learn how to submit a request >

Start the Request Process Early

Already Approved by SSD?

If you’ve already been approved by SSD to take the SAT or AP Exams with accommodations, you don’t need to submit a second request.

It can take about seven weeks for an accommodations request to be processed. Since the PSAT/NMSQT deadline for submitting all documentation is in late August or early September, when school is just beginning, it’s best to start the process in the spring of the previous school year — well before summer recess.

The PSAT 10 deadline for submitting all documentation is in mid-December.

For the next deadline, view the Calendar.

Students Should Contact Their School

Students approved for College Board accommodations should speak to their SSD Coordinator, test coordinator, or school counselor well before the test to make sure their school knows that they will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 with accommodations.

Learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT and try practice questions.

Try an official practice test. If you plan to use the assistive technology-compatible format on test day, use the Word document practice test, which has special instructions.

Practice with the Audio Test

Use this full-length practice test to find out what the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 tests are like; they are the same test offered at different times of year.

Test Day Details

Students sign up for and take the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 at school. Students should bring their Eligibility Letter from the College Board to the exam.

Extended Time on the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

Bring Your Letter

Remember to bring your SSD Eligibility Letter with you on test day.

Students approved for extended time must stay for the entire amount of time for which they are approved, even if they stop work before time is called. They may not move onto the next section or subject until the allotted time has passed. 

When administered without accommodations, the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 take 2 hours and 45 minutes of testing time and have two breaks. Testing time for students with approved extended time accommodations varies:

  • With 50 percent extended time, the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 take 4 hours and 8 minutes, plus breaks.
  • With 100 percent extended time, the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 take 5 hours and 30 minutes, plus breaks.

Students approved for extended time are also automatically approved for extra breaks.

When students are approved by the College Board for extended time, they’re approved in some or all of five competencies (reading, mathematical calculation, written expression, listening, and speaking).  Generally, students taking the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 receive extended time only for sections impacted by the competencies for which they are approved:

  • Students approved for extended time in reading receive extended time for the entire PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 assessment because all sections require reading.
  • Students approved for extended time in mathematical calculations, and not reading, receive extended time for math sections only.
  • Students approved for extended time in written expression, speaking, or listening (and not in reading or math) do not receive extended time for the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10.

See Extended Time Accommodation for more information.

Extra and Extended Breaks

Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 under standard conditions are provided one 5-minute break after section 1 and one 5-minute break after section 3 

Some students with disabilities are approved for additional break time. Break time does not count toward testing time — the clock stops. There are three types of break accommodations:

  • Extra breaks between test sections: Students are provided three additional 5-minute breaks when taking the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10.   
  • Extended breaks: Students taking the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 are provided 10-minute breaks instead of 5-minute breaks. They break at the same points as nondisabled test-takers. 
  • Breaks as needed: Students may break at any time during the exam for as long as needed, within reason.

See Extra and Extended Breaks for more information.

Braille and MP3 Audio

In 2015, both PSAT/NMSQT test days — Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 — will be Wednesdays, and all accommodations will be available for both dates.

See below for instructions on ordering tests in Braille, MP3 audio, and other formats.

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Commonly Requested Accommodations

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Typical Accommodations