Test Information: Special Accommodations
Special Testing Accommodations Information
A student with a school-documented disability may apply for special testing accommodations for a standard or flex administration of the SSAT. Only students who can provide school documentation that verifies that they routinely receive those specific special accommodations in their current school setting will be approved.
Students requesting only extra time, if it is routinely permitted in their current academic setting, may apply for a standard 30-minute extension to the end of the test.
Students with other requirements may also apply for special testing accommodations. With SSAT approval and proper documentation, additional accommodations may include:
- Permission to mark answers directly in test booklet
- Large print test booklet and materials
- Use of laptop computer with spelling aid for writing sample only
- Extra time (1.5 x standard time per section).
Requests for Extra Time Only (30-Minute Extension)
Deadline for Application:
- Application form must be received by SSAT two weeks before test date.
- Extra time (30-minute extension) available at all scheduled standard and flex test sites.
- Special Testing Application (A), signed by an official at the student’s current school, which verifies that the student is routinely permitted additional time for testing at the school.
Approved students will be provided an additional 30-minute period at the end of the test, during which time they may work on any of the four multiple-choice sections of the test (writing sample excluded). Students must remain in the test room for the full 30-minute test extension. Total testing time: 3 hours, 20 minutes (plus breaks).
Students granted this accommodation may be tested in the main testing area, or in a separate group, at the discretion of the administrator. Separate or individual testing is not guaranteed or implied.
Requests for Other Accommodations
Deadline for Application:
- Application form must be received by SSAT two weeks before a standard test date.
- Limited availability; select a test site that allows for special accommodation registrants or contact your flex test administrator for more information.
- Approved students may be tested together in a classroom separate from the main testing group.
- Special Testing Application (B), signed by an official at the student’s current school, which verifies that the student is routinely permitted the requested accommodations at the school.
- A copy of the school’s IEP (or equivalent) that qualifies the student for the accommodations requested. See the form link below for more information and restrictions.
- Students approved for use of additional equipment (such as laptop, calculator or spelling aid) must provide their own equipment.
- Students approved for use of a laptop during the writing sample portion of the test must provide their own USB key, disk or CD and save a copy of the essay on the USB/disk/CD as a text (.txt) file. If possible, a copy of the essay may also be printed at the test site.
- Students approved for assistance by an individual in addition to the regular proctor (such as reader or scribe) are responsible for providing a non-family member (such as tutor, counselor or other academic professional) for this purpose.
- Students with diabetes may or may not need to be approved for Special Accommodations, depending upon their needs. For more information regarding accommodations for students with diabetes, please send an email to email@example.com.
- Students who are home-schooled should contact SSAT by email at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding documentation requirements.
1. Select an eligible test site. A list of test centers available for special testing may be found on the form link below.
2. Have an official at your current school complete the necessary Special Accommodations Applications and provide any required documentation, if necessary.
3. Submit the following documents to SSAT:
- SSAT Special Testing Application, signed by an authorized official.
- Required documentation (IEP or 504 plan), as described on the application form (Application B only)
These materials must be submitted to SSAT together; do not send separately.
4. If you were previously approved for special testing (between 8/1/12 - 7/31/13) and are registering for an additional test, you do not need to resubmit an application or documentation. When you register, please be sure to indicate that you would like to receive the same accommodations.
- Special accommodations applications must be received two weeks prior to test date .
- Late or incomplete forms will be returned and may delay testing.
- Submit application materials as early as possible; based on availabilyt, not all requests will be approved for the date/site requested.