Testing Accommodations on the SAT
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, adolescents with a documented history of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a longstanding learning disability or a psychiatric disability may qualify for testing accommodations on the SAT. Basic testing accommodations include time and one-half and/or additional rest breaks while taking the SAT. In special cases, extensive testing accommodations may be requested of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for the SAT. Extensive testing accommodations include double time, a reader, a scribe or keyboard entry aid, separate room, calculator or assistive technology.
A current psychoeducational or psychodiagnostic evaluation report verifying that an adolescent has ADHD, a learning disability or a psychiatric disability must accompany a request for accommodations on the SAT. The report must be current – for ADHD, completed within the last 3 years; for a learning disability, within the last 5 years; for a psychiatric disability, within the last 6 months. For ADHD and learning disabilities, a history of types of accommodations received and used in school must also be provided. Evaluations must be completed by qualified professionals, such as a licensed psychologist who specializes in psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic testing.
For listings of the types of tests administered to diagnose ADHD, learning disorders and psychiatric disorders, please see visit those pages on this website.