The Approval Process
Approval by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) is required before students can take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams with accommodations.
Schools submit the request online through the SSD Online Disability Accommodation Management System (SSD Online). Documentation is always required and must sometimes be submitted for College Board review.
Request Accommodations Early
Submitting Requests Online
Requests for accommodations submitted by the student’s school should follow this process:
- Before requesting accommodations, each school designates an SSD Coordinator who requests access to SSD Online. Learn more about Getting Access to SSD Online.
- A parent or guardian signs the Parent Consent Form (.pdf/194KB) and gives it to the school’s SSD Coordinator or school counselor. If the student is age 18 or older, the student signs the form. The school keeps the form for its records. (In some cases, the student’s school may use an alternate consent process instead of the College Board form.)
- The SSD Coordinator opens a request for accommodations using SSD Online and enters contact information for the student as well as information regarding the student’s disability, requested accommodations, and formal plan. In some cases, questions will also be asked about the documentation that the school has on file for the student. See Submitting Requests Online for details. In most cases, when a student is requesting the same accommodations that are included in a current Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Plan, or other formal, school-based plan that meets College Board criteria, and is using the requested accommodations for school testing, no additional information will be needed. To learn more about automatic approval, go to FAQs.
- After the request is submitted, SSD Online displays a message stating whether documentation must also be submitted. If so, the SSD Coordinator assembles documentation and checks it against the criteria for the particular disability and for the requested accommodations. Learn more about Providing Documentation.
- The SSD Coordinator submits any required documentation to SSD by fax (using the SSD fax cover sheet), or by uploading the documentation to SSD Online. The SSD Online request and all documentation must be submitted to the College Board by the SSD deadline to ensure a decision in time for an exam.
- SSD reviews all information thoroughly. In addition to being reviewed by qualified internal staff, the request may be sent to a panel of qualified external reviewers (for example, psychologists, doctors, and visual experts, as appropriate).
The SSD Coordinator can sign into SSD Online at any time to view the status of the request.
- The student and SSD Coordinator are notified when a decision is made. In most cases, the student is sent the decision by postal mail. Students with a College Board My Organizer account who are registered for the SAT can view their decision letter by signing into My Organizer. If the parent’s email is also associated with the student’s My Organizer account, the student and parent receive an email when the decision letter is available, not a letter. If accommodations are approved, the decision letter includes an eligibility letter, containing test-by-test details. The decision and eligibility letters also include the student's eligibility code, which is needed for SAT registration.
The SSD Coordinator is notified by email and can sign into SSD Online to read the decision letter.
Submitting a Request Without Your School’s Help
Families can also submit requests without the involvement of their school by requesting a paper Student Eligibility Form from their school or SSD. However, when families work with their schools to apply online, they usually save time and get a faster response.
See How to Complete the Student Eligibility Form for instructions. When students and families apply without the help of their school, documentation must always be submitted to the College Board for review.