Taking the PSAT 8/9 with Accommodations

Because PSAT 8/9 accommodations are approved by schools, students do not need to go through the College Board request process before taking the exam—unless approval is required by their state. We recommend that students using accommodations for the PSAT 8/9 use the same accommodations that they currently use for school or state tests.

If students need accommodated test formats—such as braille, large print, or prerecorded audio (MP3 via streaming)—their schools must order them before test day.

Also, remember that although students do not usually need College Board approval to take the PSAT 8/9 with accommodations, they will need approval when they take the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, SAT, and AP Exams.

FAQs

Do students who use accommodations to take the PSAT 8/9 require approval for other assessments?

Yes. Students still require SSD approval to use accommodations when they take other College Board assessments, including but not limited to the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, SAT, and AP Exams.

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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

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