Does the Disability Affect Exam Participation?

Students may need accommodations if their disabilities result in functional limitations in the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Sitting for extended periods

However, there may be some accommodations that the student uses in school that will not be needed for College Board exams. Examples:

  • Students who need assistance walking in the hallways or participating in physical education.
  • Students with a hearing impairment who need assistance taking notes in class—most College Board exams are written exams.
  • Students with certain psychiatric conditions, such as specific phobias, that do not affect them during test taking.

Additionally, the student must demonstrate the need for the accommodation being requested. For example, students requesting extended time should have documentation showing that they have difficulty testing under timed conditions.

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