Can I get extra time on the SAT if I have a learning disability?
Whether a student can obtain accommodations for college admissions tests depends on how long their high school has had accommodations in place. The student must show that they were granted extra time on tests in high school for at least four months prior to registering for the SAT. To receive extended time on the ACT, one year of prior accommodations in high school is required. The school psychologist or guidance counselor should submit an accommodation form plus results of specific disability testing. The student must be determined to have a substantial limitation in comparison to the average person. The disability may take the form of physical impairment such as impaired eyesight, chronic health conditions (ADHD), or significant emotional difficulties. The guidance office should submit the student’s IEP or 504 plan along with their application.
Early preparation for testing accommodation is crucial. Eligibility for accommodations is determined on a case by case basis through documentation review by the testing authorities. This review can take from 6-8 weeks so high school juniors should be working on this now if they seek extra time on the SAT or ACT in the spring.