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Services for Students with Disabilities

Ensuring Accommodations on College Board Exams

The College Board is committed to making sure that students with disabilities can take the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and Advanced Placement® Exams with the accommodations they need. All reasonable requests are considered.

What’s New in 2015-16

The request process is not changing, but some accommodations and test formats are. Learn more


Students who show that their disabilities affect participation in a College Board exam are eligible to take those exams with accommodations.

Using accommodations not approved by the College Board results in cancellation of scores. No one is automatically approved.

Who Is Eligible?

Choosing Accommodations

Typical accommodations include Braille and large-print exams, extended time, use of a computer for essays, and extra breaks. These are not the only accommodations available — the College Board will consider all requests for students with documented disabilities.

Typical Accommodations

Which Exams?

Once approved by the College Board, accommodations can be used on all of these exams:

  • SAT and SAT Subject Tests
  • PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10
  • AP Exams

There’s no need to request accommodations on College Board exams again — unless you’re taking the PSAT 8/9, CLEP, or ACCUPLACER.

Accommodations for Other Exams

Important Dates

November SAT and SAT Subject Tests
SSD request deadline: Sept. 18, 2015

December SAT and SAT Subject Tests
SSD request deadline: Oct. 16, 2015

January SAT and SAT Subject Tests
SSD request deadline: Dec. 4, 2015

SSD Calendar

How to Get College Board Approval

College Board approval is required for every student — even those who receive accommodations at school.

Process Overview

The College Board’s request process can take up to seven weeks, so start early. Most students work with their school counselor to submit an accommodations request.

The Request Process

Documenting the Need

Documentation of the student’s disability and need for specific accommodations is always required and must sometimes be submitted for College Board review.

Providing Documentation

Submit Requests and Check Status Online

SSD Online — for educators — is the fastest, most efficient way to manage accommodations requests. Learn how educators get access. Students: Work with your school to take advantage of SSD Online.

Sign In to SSD Online

What to Do After Approval

Taking Exams

Students whose accommodations are already approved by the College Board need to take certain steps before test day.

After Approval

Administering Exams

Find out what counselors need to do before, during, and after administering exams to students with approved accommodations. 

Administering Exams

Contact Us

Phone: 212-713-8333
Fax: 866-360-0114
TTY: 609-882-4118 
Phones available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday.


College Board SSD Program
P.O. Box 7504
London, KY 40742-7504

You may also contact PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, or AP for specific information about each program.