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Many different forms of assistance with reading and seeing are available to students with disabilities if their requests have been approved by the College Board.

Details on Reading and Seeing Accommodations

These are some examples of reading and seeing accommodations:

  • Large-print test book
  • Braille with raised line drawings, contracted
  • Raised line drawings (also called Braille graphs and figures)
  • Pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming)
  • Human Reader
  • Magnification device
  • Assistive Technology Compatible test form

Requests must specify which accommodation is needed. The College Board generally assumes that a student will use only one reading/seeing accommodation during a test. Students who request more than one (for instance, pre-recorded audio and a large-print test format) should include an explanation of why multiple accommodations are needed.

Eligibility for Reading and Seeing Accommodations

In most cases, the accommodations listed above are requested for students who have disabilities that impair their ability to read or see. These include the following:

  • Blindness
  • Other visual impairment
  • Severe reading disability 

If a student is able to read, but reads slowly, extended time may be more appropriate than a reading/seeing accommodation.

Some students who request reading/seeing accommodations will need additional accommodations, such as extended time, or they will need a scribe or another way to record responses. 

Learn how to document requests for reading and seeing accommodations.

Audio test formats

In addition to braille, large print, and human readers, two audio test formats are available for students with disabilities that impact reading or seeing for most College Board tests: