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:

  • A large-print answer sheet or record answers accommodation may be appropriate for students with fine-motor or visual-motor integration deficits.
  • A computer for word processing is appropriate for students who have a disability that impacts written language expression.
  • The computer accommodation is not appropriate for students with poor handwriting, unless it is the result of a disabling condition.


Some students who need writing assistance may require an accommodation other than, or in addition to, the use of a computer. These include:

  • Large-print (large-block) answer sheet: Compared to a scantron, the answer choices are larger, which also provides students with more space to mark their response.
  • Record answers in test book
  • Computer (word processor for essays only)
  • Scribe: Will record both multiple-choice and essay or short-answer responses in a one-to-one setting.


The computer accommodation is limited to use of the computer’s word processor function as follows:

  • Computers may be used only to record essay and short-answer responses. They may not be used for multiple-choice sections.
  • Any assistive technology (such as screen readers), special programs, tools, or apps must be specifically requested and approved.
  • A school computer must be used.
  • Use of spell-check, grammar-check, word prediction, and cut-and-paste features is not permitted and must be disabled.


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.