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Extended Time Accommodation

Students approved for extended time test for a longer period of time than other students.

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When taking the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, or PSAT 10, students must stay the entire amount of time for which they are approved. They cannot leave early, and they cannot move onto the next test section until the allotted time has passed, even if they finish the section early. This might be different from the way your school administers extended time.

Details on Extended Time

Extended Time Tips

  • When taking the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, or PSAT 10, students must stay the entire amount of time for which they are approved.
  • Students should request extended time only if their disability causes them to work more slowly than other students.

When requesting extended time, these two factors must be specified:

  • The amount of extended time needed
  • The subject areas or test sections for which extended time is needed

Amount of Extended Time

The amount of extended time provided varies from student to student. The College Board does not approve requests for unlimited time. 

Extended time options include:

  • Time and a half, or 50 percent additional time for the new SAT is 4 hours and 30 minutes without the essay, and 5 hours and 45 minutes for the new SAT  Essay
  • Double time, or 100 percent additional time is 6 hours on the new SAT without the essay, and 7 hours and 40 minutes for the new SAT Essay
  • More time (for instance, in rare circumstances, 150 percent additional time is 7 hours and 30 minutes on the new SAT; 9 hours and 35 minutes on the new SAT with Essay)

When students take the SAT with 100 percent or more additional time, the exam is administered over two days and in the student’s school instead of at a designated test center.

Competencies and Test Sections

Students might not need extended time for every section or test. For instance, a student with a disability impacting mathematical calculation may not need extended time for a critical reading section.

Requests must specify which of these competencies creates the need for extended time:

  • Reading
  • Mathematical calculation
  • Written expression
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Students approved for extended time in reading will be provided extended time for all test sections because all test sections require reading.

Eligibility for Extended Time

Students should request extended time only if their disability causes them to work more slowly than other students. If a student is usually able to complete school-based tests in the allotted time, or if the student’s inability to complete tests is not related to a disability, then extended time should not be requested.

In some cases, accommodations other than extended time may be more appropriate to accommodate a student's disability. Here are examples:

  • Students who write slowly may request an enlarged (large-block) answer sheet. This answer sheet enables students to mark the response with an “X” instead of requiring them to fill in bubbles.
  • Some students with ADHD find that the accommodation of a small group setting helps to reduce distractions.
  • Students with medical conditions, such as diabetes, may need extra breaks instead of extended time. Break time does not count as testing time. (The clock stops during the break.)

Approval for Extended Time May Include Approval for Extra Breaks

Students who are approved to test with extended time and who will take the redesigned SAT (launching in March 2016), the redesigned PSAT/NMSQT (launched October 2015), or the PSAT 10 (launching February 2016) are also automatically approved to test with extra breaks.

Extended time does not entitle a student to have listening questions on foreign language tests repeated. This is a separate accommodation that must be requested. See a list of other testing accommodations provided by the College Board.

Learn how to document requests for extended time.

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