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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: