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Documentation for extended time must demonstrate the following:

What to Include

Include a detailed description of the disability and an explanation of how it affects test taking under timed conditions, including the frequency, duration, and intensity of the student’s symptoms. For example, requests for students with Tourette’s should provide a detailed description of their tics. For students with seizure disorders, a detailed description of their seizures and medication is appropriate. 

Also include these forms of documentation as appropriate:

  • Educational history, including use of extended time
  • Scores from timed and untimed academic tests (examples listed below)
  • Comparisons of student’s performance under timed and untimed conditions
  • Occupational therapy evaluation
  • Teacher Survey Form (.pdf/240KB)

Students with Learning Disorders or ADHD

When requesting testing accommodations for students with learning disorders or ADHD, include scores from both timed and extended time or untimed tests. The following tests are commonly used to measure a student's academic skills in timed settings (the edition current at time of testing should be used):

  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Test
  • Test of Written Language
  • Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests
  • Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement
  • Scholastic Abilities Test for Adults

When these tests are administered under standardized conditions, and when the results are interpreted within the context of other diagnostic information, they provide useful information about testing accommodations. A low processing speed in itself, however, does not usually indicate the need for testing accommodations. In this instance, documentation should show how the low processing speed affects the student’s overall academic abilities under timed conditions.  

See Learning Disorders or ADHD for more documentation guidelines. See Common Diagnostic Tests for an expanded list of tests that measure a student’s academic skills in extended time conditions.