Can I get extra time on the SAT if I have a learning disability?

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Can I get extra time on the SAT if I have a learning disability?

William Chichester


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Tyler Burton
President Burton College Tours

You must have a documented learning or physical disability.

Students who wish to request extended time on the SAT or keyboarding accommodations must do two things ASAP. 1. Log onto the College Board website and read about the steps that a student needs to take to meet the requirements of a documented disability. 2. Contact your school guidance counselor and confirm with them that you wish to see accommodations on standardized testing. Students need to be aware that a history of accommodations and educational testing are both required. I caution students not to worry, if they require accommodations then they will be able to work this out.

Donovan Blake
Lead Consultant Griffin Blake Educational Consulting


You can get extended time on the SAT. Here is what you need to do: - go to to get the forms - fill out the forms and then submit them to the counselor at your school - the school will complete the form and mail it to college board - you will get a letter approving/declining your request for extended time. What to do if you are denied the extended time: - get new psychoeducational testing -do all the steps above, using your new testing

Nicholas Umphrey

Extra time

Yes, if you have an IEP or 504 plan, this can be submitted to the College Board by your school's SSD coordinator. This is usually a guidance counselor or test coordinator. They must complete and eligibility form, get parent consent, and submit a request for accommodations. They can deny this request depending on the disability. In most cases you can expect 50% or 100% extended time. This would make each 25 minute test section extended to either 37 minutes or 50 minutes.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures


Yes, but only if you have accommodations at school due to a learning difference. If you are not using accommodations at school, college board does not consider that you are impaired. ACT is pretty much the same way. There are exceptions. I had a student this year who learned of a processing disorder during the summer, and because it was recently diagnosed, College Board allowed extra time on the SAT.

Jill Karatkewicz
Counselor East Hampton High School

Can I get extra time on the SAT if I have a learning disability?

If you have a documented learning disability and receive extended time on your regular school tests, then yes - it is possible to request extra time on tests like the SAT or ACT. Your high school will need to submit certain documentation to the testing organization. They will review your request and will ultimately decide whether or not you are approved to have the same accommodation on SAT or ACT. Please keep in mind that you will need to leave plenty of time between when you request the accommodations and when a decision will be reached, so plan ahead and put in your request well ahead of time!

Corey Fischer
President CollegeClarity

Not necessarily

You need to submit recent testing and documentation to the College Board and they will determine if your particular learning disability qualifies you for extra time. Apply at least a few months before you need to take the SAT, SAT Subject Test, or the AP exams so you have time to be processed through before the test date.

Erica White
College & Career Counselor Middletown High School

Most likely

If you have a documented disability with either an IEP or a 504 plan you can have your case manager/school counselor apply for extended time. Just because you may get extended time in the classroom, does not mean you automatically get extended time on the SAT. It is up for collegeboard to decide based on the documentation provided. As a student or a parent, I would ask the case manger to fill out the paperwork for extended time during freshman year of high school . If you qualify during freshman year, you will have it for the rest of high school for PSAT testing, SAT and AP testing. Typically, students receive 50% extended time which equates to time and one half. Once in a while a student may qualify for 100% extended time (double time).

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

Extended Time on the SAT: If Appropriate, An Important Accommodation

Generally if a student has a documented disability and has been given extended time as an accommodation in their daily work--tests, quizzes--in high school, there is a good chance that they will also get it on the SAT. However, there are different standards and it is not a certainty. One must submit materials to the College Board, and after reviewing the testing and the accommodations that the student has received in school, it will make a determination. It is not automatic and it is not a permanent thing. .If testing is updated it must be resubmitted to the College Board.

Jeana Robbins

Can I get extra time on the SAT if I have a learning disability?

This is a possibility. It should depend on the student's IEP.