In most cases, students testing with extended time must stay the entire amount of time for which they are approved. They cannot leave early or move onto the next test section until the allotted time has passed. This policy might be different from the way your school administers extended time.
Students should request extended time only if their disability causes them to work more slowly than other students. If a student is usually able to complete school tests in the allotted time, or if the student’s inability to complete tests is not related to a disability, then extended time should not be requested.
In some cases, accommodations other than extended time may be more appropriate, such as:
- Students with fine-motor impairments may need a large-print answer sheet rather than extended time. This answer sheet enables students to mark the response with an "X" instead of requiring them to fill in bubbles.
- Students with ADHD may find that the accommodation of a small group setting helps to reduce distractions.
- Students with medical conditions, such as diabetes, may need breaks instead of extended time. Break time does not count as testing time.
Requests May Vary by Section or Test
Students may request accommodations in one or more of the following sections:
Extended time may not be needed for every section or every test. For instance, a student with a disability impacting math calculations may not need extended time for writing sections.
However, students approved for extended time in reading will be provided extended time for all test sections because all test sections require reading.
When students take the SAT with double time (+100% or more), the exam is administered over two days and in the student’s school instead of a designated test center.
For the SAT Suite of Assessments, students approved to test with extended time will also receive extra breaks. This applies to the PSAT 8/9, the PSAT/NMSQT, the PSAT 10, and the SAT (but not to AP Exams).
How is extended time usually administered for the PSAT 8/9?
Under standard conditions, the PSAT 8/9 is 2 hours and 25 minutes of testing time, plus breaks:
- 55 minutes for the Reading Test
- 30 minutes for the Writing and Language Test
- 40 minutes for the Math Test—Calculator
- 20 minutes for the Math Test—No Calculator
For 50% extended time, the PSAT 8/9 is 3 hours and 38 minutes of testing time, plus breaks:
- 83 minutes for the Reading Test
- 45 minutes for the Writing and Language Test
- 60 minutes for the Math Test—Calculator
- 30 minutes for the Math Test—No Calculator
For 100% extended time, the PSAT 8/9 is 4 hours and 50 minutes of testing time, plus breaks:
- 110 minutes for the Reading Test
- 60 minutes for the Writing and Language Test
- 80 minutes for the Math Test—Calculator
- 40 minutes for the Math Test—No Calculator
I have a disability. How do I apply for extended time on my SAT?
Read about Taking the SAT with Accommodations, then talk to your school’s SSD coordinator or read the How to Request Accommodations section of the Accommodations site.
If a student is approved for extra time, how long will they have for their SAT test?
That depends on which extended time accommodation they receive. For an overview, read about taking the SAT with accommodations.
Documentation Guidelines: Extended Time
Guidelines for documenting the student’s difficulty in taking tests under timed conditions, including a link to the Teacher Survey Form.
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.
How Accommodations Work for Each Test
How accommodations work for College Board exams requiring SSD approval: PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, SAT, or AP Exams.