Advice for Coordinators and Schools
Accommodations for College Board exams—including the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, SAT, and AP Exams—must first be approved by College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).
Designate an SSD coordinator and start using SSD Online.
A member of the school staff can register as an SSD coordinator by completing and submitting an SSD Coordinator Form to College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities. Once the form is processed (usually within 1–2 business days), we’ll email you instructions for accessing SSD Online.
SSD Coordinator Sign-Up Form
Educators can fax or mail this form to become SSD Coordinators for their school and get access to SSD Online. It can also be used to notify us of any changes to coordinator names and contact information. SSD Coordinators request testing accommodations and administer in-school tests with accommodations. Every school should designate at least one SSD Coordinator. If your school has multiple coordinators, designate one as the primary contact.
It can take up to seven weeks for an accommodations request to be processed.
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.
Request all accommodations needed on test day.
For a College Board test, the student may not need all of the accommodations included in their IEP or 504 plan. On the other hand, a blind student may need a braille exam as well as a way to record responses. Or a student may need medical assistance, such as permission to test blood sugar, in addition to another accommodation.
See About Accommodations.
Submit the required documentation.
SSD Online will indicate when a request requires documentation. When it does, you should read our guidelines for how to provide documentation—and be aware that a brief doctor’s note or a copy of the student’s IEP or 504 plan will not usually be considered sufficient documentation.
How to Provide Documentation
Learn the seven basic criteria for documentation and find documentation guidelines listed by accommodation and/or by disability.
Help families and evaluators understand the process.
Help families understand that College Board, and not the school, determines which accommodations are appropriate for College Board exams. Point them to relevant advice guidelines on how to provide documentation.