Test - Special Accommodations - Eligibility and Instructions

ALL APPROVED SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS FROM THE 2013-2014 TESTING SEASON HAVE EXPIRED (AUGUST 1, 2014)​.  YOU MUST REAPPLY FOR SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS PRIOR TO REGISTERING FOR THE 2014-2015 SSAT.

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NOTE: SPECIAL 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 Special Accommodations page.​

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

Special accommodations requests related to school-documented 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 a school 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 special 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 rabbi.

  • ​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. ​​

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This section provides information on the process of applying for special 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

  • Accommodations for diabetes ​


Special Accommodations Application Instructions - 

 

  1. Log in to the student account and select "My Tests." 

  2. Click "Register for a Test" in the left hand menu. 

  3. Select your grade level from the menu. 

  4. Check the box that says "Do you need any special accommodations?" 

  5. Click the link that says "please click here to request special accommodations." 

  6. Click the box that says "Requires special accommodations."

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

  8. Fill out the information for your confirming official. 

  9. Don't forget to tell your confirming official to expect an email from SSATB. If they do not receive the email in a timely fashion, suggest that they check their spam folder(s). Your official must respond to this email in order for you to be approved for special accommodations.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 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.