The College Board Simplifies Accommodations Request Process For SAT and Other Tests

Written by Sheldon Horowitz, Ed.D., Senior Director of Learning Resources & Research | 3 years ago

Ask any high school student who has their sights set on college to list the top 3 anxiety-provoking hurdles they face during this time of preparing for transition and you’re likely to hear about grades, cost, and the SAT.

For lots of students with identified LD, ADHD and other learning and attention issues, the SAT has been a significant challenge. But starting in January 2017, relief may be on the way for many of these students.

The College Board has announced that they will now allow existing documentation (IEP or 504 plan) when students request accommodations for the SAT and other College Board exams:

“The vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP Exams.”

Students who attend private schools and have a “formal school-based plan that meets College Board criteria” will also have their current accommodations automatically approved for College Board exams.

The simplified guideline for submitting requests for test accommodations will now be based on the answers to 2 questions: “Is the requested accommodation(s) in the student’s plan?” and “Has the student used the accommodation(s) for school testing?”

So, what’s next? The College Board plans to revise testing supports for students who are English Language Learners.

For now, kudos to the College Board for removing a long-standing barrier to postsecondary transition for students with identified learning and attention issues.