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Disability Documentation Guidelines

To help schools and students prepare accommodation requests, the College Board has established guidelines for documentation. While the College Board will review all documentation that is submitted when documentation review is required, documentation that meets the College Board’s Documentation Guidelines is most helpful in enabling us to determine what accommodations are appropriate.

Understand the Documentation Guidelines

The guidelines explain the kinds of documentation that are most helpful to the College Board.

Seven Documentation Criteria

For the documentation you submit to be useful to us in making accommodations decisions, it should meet these criteria:

  1. The diagnosis is clearly stated.
  2. Information is current.
  3. Educational, developmental, and medical history is presented.
  4. The diagnosis is supported.
  5. The functional limitation is described.
  6. Recommended accommodations are justified.
  7. Evaluators’ professional credentials are established.

Specific Guidelines Vary by Disability

Short-Term Injuries and Conditions

Most students without a diagnosed disability are ineligible for accommodations through SSD. To learn about assistance for students with short-term injuries or conditions that affect their ability to take the SAT, an SAT Subject Test, or an AP Exam, see Temporary Medical Conditions.

Review the documentation guidelines for the student’s particular disability:

Related Topics

Documenting Need for Requested Accommodations

Review the documentation requirements for typical accommodations.

Accommodation Documentation Guidelines

Who Is Eligible?

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

Find Out Who’s Eligible