Administering AP Exams with Accommodations

Before students can take AP Exams with accommodations, they must have approval from SSD.

In most cases, the school’s SSD coordinator will work with the AP coordinator to ensure that students with approved requests receive the correct accommodations.

Review the guidelines available on AP Central.


  1. Both the SSD coordinator and AP coordinator should begin by reading the AP SSD Guidelines.

    If students approved for accommodations will be taking digital AP Exams, then review details for accommodations on digital exams.

    The AP coordinator should also review "Exams for Students with Disabilities" in the AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 2 (.pdf/8.65 MB).

  2. Order the appropriate accommodations and materials.

    AP coordinators will find information about ordering exams in the AP Coordinator's Manual, Part 1 (.pdf/19.9 MB). In most cases, the AP coordinator can order materials for students testing with accommodations online at the same time that they place an order for standard exams.

    Here are some examples of accommodated exam formats that can be ordered online:

    • Braille with raised line drawings, contracted
    • Large-print (large-block) answer sheet (no bubbles)
    • Large print (14- and 20-point)

    A special electronic order form is available on the AP Exam ordering website for these materials:

    • Multiple-day testing exams
    • Listening and speaking/sight-singing scripts for exams in world languages and cultures and Music Theory
    • Large-type exams greater than 20-point (Please order well in advance of test date)
    • Assistive technology–compatible test format (ATC)

    See Part 1 of the AP Coordinator’s Manual (.pdf/19.9 MB) for more detailed information about ordering these exams.

    Students should use a human reader for AP Exams if they are approved for prerecorded audio (MP3 via streaming) or are approved for ATC and taking a World Language, Music Theory, or Art History exam. Please order an extra exam to use as a reader’s copy.

  3. Create the Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR).

    An AP Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR) is needed for each AP exam a student takes. Before an AP exam, SSD coordinators should generate an AP NAR for each student taking an AP exam this year. Follow these steps to get started:

    1. Sign into SSD Online.
    2. Click Create Nonstandard Administration Report on the dashboard.
    3. Select AP.
    4. Select the students who will take an AP Exam.
    5. Click Create AP Nonstandard Administration Report.

    Note: Print extra copies for students taking multiple AP Exams. If a student who has been approved for accommodations is not on the list when you generate NARs, call the SSD hotline at 800-257-5123.


    Nonstandard Administration Reports (NARs)

    Guidelines for documenting a student’s need for assistive technology due to a disability.

  4. Complete Nonstandard Administration Reports.

    After creating each NAR, review and complete the timing record for each student approved for extended time or for extra or extended break:

    1. Find out whether extended time has been approved for reading, writing, mathematical calculation, listening, and/or speaking and sight-singing (noted on the NAR under Approved Accommodations).
    2. Note the percentage of extended time approved for each.
    3. Refer to Part 2 of the AP Coordinator's Manual (.pdf/8.65 MB) for tables listing the standard time as well as time and one-half (+50%) and double time (+100%) for each exam. Guidelines for determining extended time for AP Exams in world languages and Music Theory are also provided.
    4. Write in the total amount of testing time approved, and in the Approved columns, write the approved testing time for each part and each section.
    5. Write in the duration of each extra or extended break in the Approved column for breaks.

    Provide the NARs to the AP coordinator, who will fill in the exam date, AP number, exam code, and exam title.

  5. Return all completed NARs.

    After each AP exam, AP coordinators place completed NARs in the NAR return envelope and include the envelope in the return exam shipment.

    For regular format exam shipments, paper clip corresponding scannable answer sheets used for nonstandard exam administrations and regular format exam booklets, and include any flash drives.

    For braille or large-print exam shipments, paper clip corresponding large-print (large-block) answer sheet (no bubbles) or scannable answer sheets. If materials don’t fit in the envelope, wrap the envelope around the materials and secure them with an elastic band.

    Scores will not be released until the NAR is received.