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Administering AP Exams with Accommodations

SSD Coordinators should work with AP Coordinators to do the following:

  • Determine which students taking AP Exams are approved for accommodations.
  • Order special test booklets and answer sheet formats.
  • Make arrangements for testing with accommodations.

Questions About Taking AP Exams?

Find out what students need to do after their accommodations have been approved and get answers to other questions at Taking AP Exams with Accommodations >

Note that the College Board exam accommodations for which a student is approved may differ from the accommodations approved by the school. Learn more about how extended time and other accommodations are implemented on College Board exams.

See the following for detailed instructions on administering AP Exams with accommodations:

If you still have questions, contact SSD.

Ordering AP Exams for Students with Disabilities

SSD Coordinators and AP Coordinators should work together to ensure that correct materials are ordered. AP Coordinators order materials for students testing with accommodations online at AP Exam Ordering when they place their order for standard exams.

These are examples of nonstandard exam formats that can be ordered online:

  • Braille
  • Large-block answer sheets
  • Large print (14- and 20-point)

A special electronic order form is available on the AP Exam ordering website for these materials:

  • Multiple-day testing exams
  • Listening and speaking/sight-singing scripts for exams in world lanaguages and cultures and Music Theory
  • Large-type exams greater than 20-point

See the AP Coordinator’s Manual (.pdf/4.61MB) for more detailed information about ordering these exams.

Completing the Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR)

An AP Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) must be completed for each student approved for testing accommodations by the College Board. An NAR is needed for each AP Exam the student takes.

Before AP Exams, SSD Coordinators take the following steps:

  • Generate an AP NAR for each student taking an AP Exam this year:
    1. Sign into SSD Online.
    2. Click Create Nonstandard Administration Report on the dashboard.
    3. Select AP.
    4. Select the students who will take an AP Exam.
    5. Click Create AP Nonstandard Administration Report.

    Print extra copies for students taking multiple AP Exams. If a student who has been approved for accommodations is not in the list of students provided when you generate NARs, call the SSD hotline at 800-257-5123.

  • Review each NAR. Complete the timing record for each student approved for extended time or for extra or extended breaks:
    1. Find out whether extended time has been approved for reading, writing, mathematical calculation, listening, and/or speaking and sight-singing (noted on the NAR under Approved Accommodations).
    2. Note the percentage of extended time approved for each.
    3. Refer to the AP Coordinator’s Manual (.pdf/4.61MB) for tables listing the standard time as well as 50 percent and 100 percent extended time for each exam. Guidelines for determining extended time for AP Exams in world languages and Music Theory are also provided.
    4. Write in the total amount of testing time approved, and in the "Approved" columns, write the approved testing time for each part and each section.
    5. Write in the duration of each extra or extended break in the “Approved” column for breaks.
  • Provide the NARs to the AP Coordinator, who will fill in the Exam Date, AP Number, Exam Code, and Exam Title.

During AP Exams, proctors do the following:

  • Complete the “Used” column on the NAR for each student approved for extended time or extra or extended breaks. Record the exact amount of time used per part, the total time used for each section, and any additional break times.
  • Sign and date the NARs where indicated.

After AP Exams, AP Coordinators place completed NARs in the NAR return envelope and include the envelope in the return exam shipment.

  • For regular format exam shipments, paper clip corresponding scannable answer sheets used for nonstandard exam administrations and regular format-exam booklets, and include any tapes or CDs.
  • For Braille or large-print exam shipments, paper clip corresponding large-block or scannable answer sheets. If materials do not fit in the envelope, wrap the envelope around the materials and secure them with an elastic band.

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How to Use SSD Online

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