Recording Responses

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

If your disability impacts your ability to record your responses for College Board tests, there are several accommodations available.


Disabilities may include visual disabilities, physical disabilities that impair the ability to write, and dysgraphia. The following accommodations may be appropriate for students with these disabilities:

  • Accommodations such as dictation/speech to text, a writer/scribe or a computer for word processing may be appropriate for students who have a disability that impacts written language expression. These accommodations are not appropriate for students with poor handwriting or keyboarding skills, unless the impairment is the result of a disabling condition.
  • See Speech to Text for more information about Dictation (Speech to text). Important: try a digital practice test on Bluebook with your Dictation software to make sure there are no issues on test day.
  • For paper and pencil paper AP exams, a large-print answer sheet or record answers in test book accommodation may be appropriate for students with fine-motor or visual-motor integration deficits.


When taking the digital SAT, digital PSAT-related assessments, or a digital AP exam, the exam is computer-based for all students. See Using Accommodations on Digital Tests for more information about accommodations.

For paper and pencil AP exams, the computer accommodation is limited to use of the computer’s word processor function as follows:

  • Computers may be used only to record essays and free responses. They may not be used for multiple-choice sections.
  • Use of spell-check, grammar-check, word prediction, and cut-and-paste features is not permitted and must be disabled.
  • Any additional features such as assistive technology, special programs, tools, or apps must be specifically requested and approved.


If the student uses a computer for school and state tests, do they still need to apply for a College Board accommodation?

Yes. Even if a student uses an accommodation on school and state tests, a formal request for that accommodation must still be submitted to SSD.

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Documentation Guidelines: Recording Responses

Guidelines for documenting the impact of the student’s disability on writing.


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.