For a variety of reasons, you may be wondering about SAT accommodations that are available. Maybe you want to see if you qualify for one, or you already qualify and want to know more details about what your accommodation entails. In this article, we’ll go over both the kinds of accommodations the SAT offers as well as eligibility for them. Then, we’ll go over how to apply!
Extended time refers to extra time given to students to complete the test. The most common forms are: Time and a Half (50 percent more time), Double Time (100 percent more time), and More Time (somewhere greater than 6 hours). For Double Time and above, the test is given over two days and at a student’s school rather than at a designated test center.
Students request extended time if their disability causes them to work slower than other students.
Usually, breaks between sections of the SAT run between 5-15 minutes (dependent on the section). With Extended Breaks, these are lengthened. A common Extended Break is packaged with Extended Time (Ex. double length breaks with Double Time). There can also be Extra Breaks awarded, for example after the Writing & Language section and before Math No Calculator, which is not a point where students usually do not have a break.
Break accommodation is usually awarded to students who have a medical condition that requires them to need extra time between sections, such as needing to test for blood sugar or take medication.
There are several different kinds of SAT accommodations for students with disabilities that require an alternative form to the test than the standard booklet. They include:
- Large-print test book
- Braille test book
- Braille graphs
- MP3 audio test format
- Reader (live person who reads test booklet out loud to student)
- Magnifier/magnifying machine
Usually, one or more of these accommodations are awarded to students who deal with blindness, other visual impairments, or a severe reading disability. Generally, students are only given one of the above accommodations, however.
Computer assistance may be awarded for the essay and short-response sections of SAT tests if a student has a disability that affects their ability to write. This accommodation allows students to type their answers on a word processor. Note, the SAT never allows Computers to be used for the multi-choice sections (at least as of now, that may change during COVID-19), a school computer must be used, and the use of any spell or grammar check software must be disabled.
The most common types of disabilities awarded computer use are physical disabilities that impair the ability to write, Dysgraphia, and severe language-based learning disorders. Notably, poor handwriting is not considered a debilitating condition, unless there is evidence to prove it is caused by a disability.
With this SAT accommodation, a Four-Function Calculator replaces the standard Graphing calculator students use to take the SAT. A Four-Function Calculator is one that can only do addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division (as well as square root and percent).
Usually, this accommodation is given to students whose disability affects their ability to do mathematical computation and therefore they benefit from a simpler calculator. One such example is a student with dyscalculia.
Some SAT accommodations allow students to take the SAT in a setting other than the standard big classroom with a bunch of other students. This accommodation is always inherent in accommodations like Computer testing or the longer versions of Extended Time testing. For a variety of reasons you may end up testing in one of the alternative locations below:
- Small group