Test - Testing Accommodations - Eligibility and Instructions

​Note: This information will be updated for the 2015-2016 testing season (registration opens 8/1).​

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NOTE: TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS MUST BE ​APPROVED PRIOR TO TEST REGISTRATION.   AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION, THESE ACCOMMODATIONS MUST BE APPLIED TO THE TEST REGISTRATION BY CHECKING THE APPROPRIATE BOX.


For Step-by-Step PDF Instructions and Video Tutorials, visit the main Testing Accommodations page.

​If you require testing accommodations for a disability or require testing on a Sunday because you observe a Saturday Sabbath, you may apply for testing accommodations when taking the SSAT.

Testing accommodations requests related to disabilities are only accepted if valid documentation exists to show that you routinely receive these accommodations in your current school setting. 

Approval must be provided by an official who attests to the valid documentation on file and attests to the fact that the student routinely receives the approved accommodations in his/her school.  Testing accommodations are not approved for temporary disabilities, such as a concussion or broken arm.

  • School officials will be emailed a request for testing accommodations approval, signifying that the student currently receives same in their educational environment.

  • If you require SSAT testing on a Sunday because you observe a Saturday Sabbath, you will forward a request for approval to your religious official.

  • ​If you are approved for 1.5 time accommodations, even if you finish a section early you must wait the full time before moving onto the next section. This rule will be enforced by the proctor. ​​

​​​This section provides information on the process of applying for testing accommodations and registering for a test once they are approved. 

Testers must request special accommodations online, indicating the requested accommodations and providing an email address for a school official who can approve the request electronically, prior to test registration.

Examples of special accommodations requiring approval 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 (1.5x standard time per section)   

    1. NOTE: If you are approved for 1.5 time accommodations, even if you finish a section early you must wait the full time before moving onto the next section. This rule will be enforced by the proctor. ​​

  • A reader or scribe (Note: Students approved for assistance by a reader or scribe are responsible for providing a non-family member such as tutor, counselor, or other academic professional for this purpose)

  • Accommodations for diabetes ​

Special Accommodations Application Instructions 

  1. Log in to the student account and click on the"My Tests" button. 

  2. Click "Register for Special Accommodations" in the left hand menu. 

  3. ​Review the information listed under the "Apply for Special Testing Accommodations" section and then click the "Require Special Accommodations" box.

  4. Check off all the special accommodations you will need.

  5. Fill out the information for your special accommodations confirming school official.

  6. Don't forget to alert the school official you have listed to expect an email from SSATB. If they do not receive your request in a timely fashion, please suggest that they check their spam folder(s). The official must respond to this email for you to be approved for the special accommodations you have requested.

  7. Once your accommodations have been confirmed by your official and approved by SSATB, we will notify you by email, and you will be able to register for a test with the special accommodations that have been confirmed and approved.

  8. When you register, your SSAT admission ticket will include your approved accommodations. Be sure to print all pages of your admission ticket and bring them with you to the test.

Preparations for Testing Day

​Be sure to print all pages of your Admission Ticket and bring them to the test. Students approved for use of additional equipment (such as laptop, calculator, and/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 also apply for accommodations if needed. Students should provide contact information for their physician to verify their requirements.