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

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Our counselors answered:

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

William Chichester


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Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Extended Time on the SAT

Students with documented disabilities can request extended time but the must follow the requirements posted on the Collegeboard site. The student must be able to demonstrate with accepted documentation not only that the student has a disability but that he/she requires the requested accommodation. Be certain to start the request process early as processing takes approximately 7 weeks after all the information has been provided to Collegeboard.

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.

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.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

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

If your disability is documented and you provide sufficient advance notice, you should be able to obtain extra time on the SAT. Your guidance counselor should be able to help you with this issue.

Mary Mariani

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

Yes, you can. BUT, you have to have been provided accommodations before you take the SAT. There has to be a history and a diagnosis of a learning disability. Any accommodation, such as longer time, has to be in place as a regular activity during the school year and not one that materializes because of the SAT.

Renee Boone
The College Advisor

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

If you have a documented learning disability (504 Plan, IEP, etc.) you may request accommodation. Contact CollegeBoard through their website.