Breaks

Learn the easiest, most efficient way to request accommodations for a College Board test.

Although many College Board exams include scheduled breaks, students with certain documented disabilities may need additional or longer breaks. For instance, some students with medical or physical disabilities may request breaks to take medication, test blood sugar, rest, stretch, or use the restroom. Please note, additional accommodations, such as permission to eat, permission to take medication, or permission to test blood sugar, must be specifically requested.

Eligibility

Students with certain medical or physical disabilities may request breaks to:

  • Take medication
  • Test blood sugar
  • Rest
  • Use the restroom

Some students with ADHD find extra breaks helpful if they have difficulty focusing for extended periods.

Examples

Common types of requested breaks are:

  • Extra breaks: These breaks are a standard length—usually 5 minutes—and are given at scheduled times.
  • Extended breaks: These breaks are longer than the standard length and given at scheduled times.
  • Breaks as needed: These breaks are most often granted for certain medical conditions. The breaks are not counted as testing time and allow students to test in a small group setting.

Resources

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Documentation Guidelines: Breaks

Read a description of how this accommodation is administered on College Board exams.

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Know Your Dates and Deadlines

If a request is not submitted in time, accommodations might not be approved and in place in time for test day. Check the calendar for this year’s test dates and deadlines.