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  • Learning Disabilities and the SAT/ACT

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    If you have a learning disability, you can request special accommodations when you take the SAT or ACT.

    College admissions committees will not know that you took the test under modified circumstances, so you shouldn't hesitate to request accommodations if you need them.

    Depending on your learning disability, accommodations could include extended time to take the test, an assistant to read questions out loud, or a specific seating arrangement (students with ADHD, for example, may be able to take the test in a private room, or a room with fewer students). The basic fee is the same.

    You should work with your school's SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) Coordinator as you apply for special accommodations. You may need to provide additional documentation of your learning disability from your school or a medical professional.

    Begin this process as early as possible. It may take time to track down the appropriate documentation. And if you're denied special accommodations, you'll want plenty of time to appeal the decision.

    Here is the procedure to receive accommodations for the SAT or ACT:

    EXAM
    SAT
    ACT
    Forms
    With your school's SSD Coordinator, complete the Student Eligibility Form.
    With your school's SSD coordinator, complete one of these forms: Not sure which form to fill out?
    When
    As early as possible, preferably in the spring before the year you take the test.
    As early as possible. The final deadline is usually four weeks prior to the test date.
    Next Steps
    You'll receive an Eligibility Letter that will describe the accommodations for which you've been approved. The letter will include an SSD Eligibility Code.
    If you're approved for extended-time, this will be noted on the admission ticket that you'll receive in the mail. If you're approved for other testing accommodations, you will also be notified by mail.
    Registering
    Use your SSD Eligibility Code when you register for the test.
    To request extra time, submit your request with the regular registration packet. To request other accommodations, submit the application for special testing before you submit the regular registration packet.


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