How can students with disabilities get accommodations for taking the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement exams?
National testing services are required by law to provide reasonable accommodations, and most have information on their websites about how to document a disability and request accommodations. However, students and their advocates must get all documentation prepared well in advance. Many testing services request that all documentation be mailed at least six weeks prior to the registration deadline to be reviewed for approval of accommodations.
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the SAT Subject Tests, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), and Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams are given by the College Board and are part of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) exams. To get accommodations for any College Board exam, a student must contact the College Board well in advance of the exam and complete their procedure for requesting disability accommodations. For more details on the procedure for requesting accommodations and for information on deadlines, visit the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities website, or contact the College Board at
College Board Services for Students with Disabilities
P.O. Box 8060
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0060
(609) 771-7137 (Voice)
(609) 882-4118 (TTY)
For disability accommodation information on other ETS exams, see the ETS Disabilities & Testing website.
ACT is an organization that provides the American College Testing Assessment (ACT), which is, like the SAT, a widely accepted national college entrance exam. To request accommodations for the ACT Assessment, students should consult the ACT Services for Students with Disabilities website, since the procedures vary according to the kinds of accommodations needed.