Getting Exam Accommodations

If you have a disability that affects how you test, you may be eligible for accommodations on your AP Exams.

Keep in Mind

You may be able to test with accommodations.

If you have a documented disability, you may be able to receive an exam accommodation. There are a wide range of accommodations available, including extended time, large-type exams, a written copy of spoken test instructions, and permission to use a braille device, computer, or magnifying device.

If you get accommodations at your school, you’re likely eligible.

If you already receive accommodations from your school or have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan, you will also likely qualify.

Most students work with their schools.

Schools usually have an SSD coordinator who helps students during the accommodations request process. Most students work with their schools to submit accommodations requests online.

We have to approve your accommodations in advance.

In order for you to receive accommodations on the exam, College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office has to approve your request. If you test using accommodations that haven’t been approved by us in advance, your scores will be canceled.

FAQs

If you have a documented disability that affects how you test, you are likely eligible. Some examples of disabilities include blindness and visual impairments; learning disorders; physical and medical impairments, such as cerebral palsy and diabetes; and motor impairments. There are many others.

If you already receive accommodations at your school, have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a 504 Plan, you will also likely qualify.

If you have previously been approved by College Board for testing accommodations (for example, when you took the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT), you do not need to submit a new request.

Once your accommodations are approved by College Board, they remain in effect until one year after high school graduation (with some limited exceptions) and can be used on the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and AP Exams. You do not need to request accommodations from SSD a second time.

If you transferred schools after being approved for testing accommodations, notify the SSD coordinator at your new school of the prior approval. If you need different accommodations, your school’s SSD coordinator may submit an Accommodations Change Request form for you.

Your family can submit a paper request for accommodations (using the Student Eligibility Form) without the participation of your school. Documentation must be provided for College Board’s review.

In most cases, however, students work with their school to request accommodations—the fastest and easiest method. At this time, the online system, SSD Online, is not available to parents or students.

The Services for Students with Disabilities site offers in-depth resources for students, parents, and coordinators outlining what qualifies for accommodations, what documentation is required, how to place the request, and more.

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