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Disability Documentation Guidelines

Without documentation, it is extremely difficult to determine if a student has a disability that requires accommodations on College Board exams.

Documentation Always Required

In cases when documentation is not reviewed by the College Board, it is reviewed by the school.

Seven Documentation Criteria

Acceptable documentation meets seven broad 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