Most students — including most students testing with accommodations — take the SAT at test centers. These sites often are local educational facilities. Bring your SSD Eligibility Letter with you on test day.
These are some accommodations that may be provided at a test center:
- 50 percent extended time
- 14-point test booklet
- Large-block answer sheet
- Extra breaks between test sections
Some students, including some students testing with accommodations, take the SAT at their school. These are some accommodations that can be provided only at the student's school:
- 100 percent extended time
- A reader
- A writer
- A computer to record written responses
Students approved for school-based accommodations usually test at the school they attend. Students who don’t attend a school should contact SSD to arrange for a test date and location.
Extended Time on the Redesigned SAT
Students approved for extended time who register to take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests with this accommodation, 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. The unscored section is eliminated for extended time test-takers.
Beginning in March 2016, students who are approved for extended time for only part of the SAT (math and/or writing only) will receive extended time only for the sections for which it has been approved. For example:
- Students who are approved for extended time in math only will receive extended time only for the Math Test.
- Students who are approved for extended time for writing only will receive extended time only for the optional SAT essay. Students who choose to take the SAT without the essay will not receive extended time and will test in the test center’s standard room.
- Students who are approved for extended time in both math and writing will receive extended time for both the Math test and the optional SAT essay.
- Students who are approved for different amounts of extended time (e.g., 50% in math and 100% in writing), will receive extended time for the sections as approved.
EXCEPTION: Students who are approved for extended time in reading will receive extended time for the entire test. This is because all test sections require some reading.
The new SAT launches in March 2016.
For 50 percent extended time, the new SAT is 4 hours and 30 minutes of testing time, plus breaks, and the new SAT with Essay is 5 hours and 45 minutes, plus breaks. This breaks down as follows:
- 98 minutes for the Reading Test
- 53 minutes for the Writing and Language Test
- 83 minutes for the Math Test – Calculator
- 38 minutes for the Math Test – No Calculator
- 75 minutes for the SAT Essay
For 100 percent extended time, the new SAT is 6 hours of testing time, plus breaks, and the new SAT with Essay is 7 hours and 40 minutes, plus breaks. This breaks down as follows:
- 130 minutes for the Reading Test
- 70 minutes for the Writing and Language Test
- 110 minutes for the Math Test – Calculator
- 50 minutes for the Math Test – No Calculator
- 100 minutes for the SAT Essay
All students who take the SAT with 100 percent extended time are tested at their school over two days.
Approval for Extended Time May Include Approval for Extra Breaks
Redesigned SAT: When taking the redesigned SAT, students who are approved to test with extended time will also be provided extra breaks when extended time is used.
Current SAT: Students who are approved to test with extended time need to request, and be approved for, extra breaks when taking the current SAT, if they need that accommodation.
See Extended Time Accommodation for more information.
Extended Time on SAT Subject Tests
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). Students taking SAT Subject Tests receive extended time only for tests impacted by the competencies for which they are approved. Students approved for extended time in reading receive extended time for all Subject Tests, since all tests require reading.
The standard testing time for each SAT Subject Test is one hour. Students with 50 percent extended time test for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Students with 100 percent extended time test for 2 hours.
See Extended Time Accommodation for more information.
Extra and Extended Breaks
All students who take the SAT under standard testing conditions are provided breaks. Snacks may be consumed during breaks, but only students approved for a food or medication accommodation are allowed to eat in the testing room.
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, extended breaks, and breaks as needed.
Timing of Breaks on the Redesigned SAT
All students who take the redesigned SAT with Essay under standard testing conditions are provided three breaks (a 10-minute break, a 5-minute break, and a 2-minute break), and those who take the SAT without the essay are given two breaks, one of 10 minutes and one of 5 minutes.
Below are the details on extra and extended breaks for the redesigned SAT (there is no change to break timing on SAT Subject Tests):
- Extra breaks between test sections: Students are provided five 5-minute breaks, plus a 2-minute break and an additional 5-minute break if taking the SAT with Essay.
- Extended breaks: Students are provided one 20-minute break, one 10-minute break, and, if taking the SAT with Essay, a 4-minute break. They break at the same points as test-takers without disabilities.
- 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.