Taking AP Exams with Accommodations

All students taking AP Exams with accommodations must have approval from College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).

Once approved, students should speak to their AP coordinator, SSD coordinator, or school counselor well before test day to make sure their school knows that they will be taking AP Exams with accommodations.

Before Test Day

Families should check with the school's SSD coordinator to make sure accommodations are in place and no further documentation is required—especially if the student was approved at another school or the family did not go through the school to request accommodations.

On Test Day

On test day, all students testing with accommodations should remember to bring their SSD eligibility letter.

What to Know About Extended Time

Under standard conditions, most AP Exams take 2–3 hours. For subjects that correspond to half-year college courses, the exam is closer to two hours. An accommodation for extended time usually gives either 50% or 100% more time.

When students are approved by the College Board for extended time, they may be approved in some or all of five competencies (reading, mathematical calculation, written expression, listening, and speaking). They will receive extended time only for sections impacted by their disabilities.

What to Know About Breaks

Under standard testing conditions, most AP Exams include a 10-minute break between the two sections. Students with disabilities can be approved for different types of breaks:

  • Extra breaks: Students are provided one or more additional breaks.
  • Extended breaks: Students break at the same point as nondisabled test takers but for a longer period.
  • Breaks as needed: Students may break at any time during the exam for as long as needed, within reason.

What to Know About Alternate Test Formats

  • An assistive technology–compatible test is available for most AP exams. If approved for prerecorded audio (MP3 via streaming), students will receive a human reader for the exam unless another accommodation is requested.
  • Braille with raised line drawings, contracted, large print, and assistive technology–compatible (ATC) test formats are available for students who receive SSD approval for these accommodations.
  • If a student is approved for a format that uses a font larger than 20-point, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible.

FAQs

I was approved for accommodations, where do I go to find my eligibility letter?

SSD coordinators can check through the SSD Online dashboard; students will receive a copy by postal mail. If you need to request a copy of your decision letter, contact SSD Customer Service.

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