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Providing Documentation

To be eligible for accommodations on College Board exams, a student must have documentation showing evidence of the following:

  • The disability
  • The degree to which the student’s activities are affected (functional limitation)
  • The need for the specific accommodations requested

Most Families Work with Their School

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College Board Documentation Guidelines

Documentation is always required and must meet the College Board’s documentation guidelines:

Documentation Tips

  • Do provide detailed documentation supporting the student’s need for the specific accommodation requested, not only the student’s diagnosed disability.
  • Don’t rely on doctor’s notes or IEPs. These are not sufficient to substantiate a request for accommodations. Conclusive statements without supporting information are not helpful.
  • Do provide test scores, including subtest scores, where applicable.

Documentation Is Always Required

Schools Verify Documentation

School SSD Coordinators verify that the documentation they keep on file meets College Board guidelines. In some cases, the College Board reviews a school’s process for verifying documentation. Read more about Schools Under Review.

Be aware that College Board documentation guidelines always apply. In cases when documentation is not reviewed by the College Board, it is reviewed by the school. When school SSD Coordinators submit online accommodation requests (or sign page four of the paper Student Eligibility Form), they verify that the documentation they keep on file meets College Board guidelines.

If school officials are uncertain whether the documentation they have on file is sufficient, they should do the following:

  1. Work with the student to gather additional documentation.
  2. Indicate in the appropriate areas on SSD Online or on the Student Eligibility Form that they don’t have documentation on file.
  3. Submit documentation for College Board review.

College Board Documentation Review

Documentation must always be submitted for College Board review when a family completes a paper request form instead of working with the student’s school.

At times, SSD Coordinators using SSD Online are also asked to submit documentation to the College Board. They will be told what’s required when they create an online request. If documentation review is necessary, processing will not begin until complete documentation has been received.

Documentation review is generally required in these situations:

  • The student has not had a formal plan, such as an IEP or 504 Plan, for at least four school months.
  • The student has not been receiving and using accommodations for at least four school months.
  • The school does not have current documentation on file that meets College Board documentation guidelines.
  • Testing is not current.
  • The student is requesting more than 100 percent extended time or other uncommon accommodations.

Related Topics

Who Is Eligible?

Learn how eligibility for accommodations on College Board exams is determined.

Find Out Who’s Eligible

Disability Documentation Guidelines

Be sure to review the documentation guidelines for the student’s particular disability.

Disability Documentation Guidelines