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Administering the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with Accommodations

SSD Coordinators should work with test coordinators to do the following:

  • Determine which students taking the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 are approved for accommodations.
  • Order special test booklet and answer sheet formats.
  • Make arrangements for testing with accommodations.

Questions About Taking the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10?

Find out what students need to do after their accommodations have been approved and get answers to other questions at Taking the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with Accommodations >

Note that the College Board exam accommodations for which a student is approved may differ from the accommodations approved by the school. 

For detailed instructions on administering the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 with accommodations, see the Supervisor’s Manual for the PSAT/NMSQT.

Typical Accommodations and the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

Did you know that some students are approved for extended time on certain sections only? Learn more about how extended time and other accommodations are implemented on College Board exams.

Ordering Special Formats for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

SSD Coordinators and test coordinators should work together to ensure that correct materials are ordered. Order special formats only for students whose accommodations are approved by SSD.  

Test coordinators can easily order special formats, such as Braille and large print, on the online ordering site. You’ll have the chance to select the appropriate formats when you place your initial order. You can also add nonstandard formats to your order later by clicking the nonstandard materials Order button on your dashboard on the online ordering site.

To order practice tests in Braille and other special formats, contact SSD.

New for 2015:

  • Beginning in 2015, please order the new "Regular Print" test format for students who are approved for 50 percent extended time, extra or extended breaks, or small group setting and who are not approved for another format (such as large print).
  • Some students with certain accommodations (14-point large print, permission for food/medication, preferential seating, record answers in test book, etc.) may test in the standard test room if not approved for other accommodations. Order the standard test book for these students unless they are approved for 14-point large print.


Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR)

Before test day, SSD Coordinators should use SSD Online to create a Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR). This report includes the names, SSD Eligibility Codes, and approved accommodations of each PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10 taker approved for accommodations.

As close to test day as possible, print the NAR. Click the link in the top right corner of your SSD Online dashboard and follow the instructions.

On test day, the NAR must be completed and returned to the College Board with all used answer sheets and related materials. Scores will not be released until the NAR is received.

Transfer Students

If a transfer student’s testing accommodations were approved by the College Board while the student attended another school, he or she is still eligible for the approved accommodations, but the SSD Coordinator at the new school must record the transfer. Learn how on Transfer Students. If the student has not previously applied for accommodations, the SSD Coordinator should open a new request as soon as possible.

Related Topics

How to Use SSD Online

SSD Coordinators: Get instructions for changing accommodations, checking request status, and printing rosters and NARs.

Managing Accommodations Online

Requesting Approval

If you’re new to SSD, start here for the big picture on getting accommodations on College Board exams.

Get an Overview