PSAT Accommodations: Options for Students with Disabilities

PSAT Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If your child has a diagnosed physical, mental, sensory, or learning disability, he or she may be eligible for PSAT testing accommodations. Provided below is basic information about PSAT accommodations and how to apply for them.

PSAT Accommodations Options & Time Line

  • The College Board offers a wide variety of accommodations, including 50% extended time, 100% extended time, small-group testing, extra or extended breaks, readers, sign language interpreters, etc. A student must have a documented disability in order to be eligible for testing accommodations. For specific information about documentation requirements, visit the College Board website.
  • The application and review process for PSAT accommodations can take time, typically about seven weeks, so it is best to start the process early. The College Board recommends that students apply for PSAT accommodations the spring before the test administration. Since most students take the PSAT for the first time in October of their junior year, they should apply for PSAT accommodations during the spring of their sophomore year. However, if a student will take the PSAT as a sophomore, he or she should apply for accommodations during the spring of ninth grade. In most cases, once a student is approved for accommodations, those accommodations remain in effect for any College Board test a student takes (PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP Exams). For specific application deadlines, visit the College Board website.

PSAT Accommodations Application Process

Students can apply for accommodations with or without the assistance of their school.

  • If a student applies for accommodations with the assistance of her school, then the school official will submit the request for accommodations through the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) online system. Contact your child’s school for specific instructions on how to initiate the application process.
  • If a student applies for accommodations without the assistance of her school, she must complete and submit a Student Eligibility Form. Before completing the form, you and your child should first read the Instructions for Completing the Student Eligibility Form. The Student Eligibility Form must be obtained from your child’s school. However, a sample Student Eligibility Form is available on the College Board website.

PSAT Accommodations Decision Time

  • If a student is approved for accommodations, she will receive an Eligibility Approval Letter, which specifies the approved accommodations, with an SSD number. The student should keep this letter for future reference. Students approved for PSAT accommodations should contact their school to make sure the school will be able to provide the appropriate accommodations on PSAT test day. School officials do receive a list of all students at their school who have been approved for accommodations, but it’s a good idea to confirm the accommodations, just to be on the safe side.
  • If a student is denied accommodations, there are a few steps she can take, including providing more information and/or additional documentation. For details about the available options, visit the College Board website.

Related Topics

  • For general information about the PSAT Test, visit our PSAT Test page.
  • For information about upcoming PSAT test dates, visit our PSAT Test Dates page.
  • Wondering how PSAT scores are calculated? Visit our PSAT Scores page to find out.
  • Visit our National Merit Scholarship Qualifications page to find out if your child’s scores qualify him or her for a National Merit Scholarship.

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