Accommodations Handbook

Computer-Based Versus Paper-Based Accommodated Testing

  • The SSAT is designed to ensure no advantages or disadvantages exist for students taking one mode of testing or another (computer-based versus paper-based); however, differences exist between the two modes of testing as it pertains to which accommodations may be needed to complete testing and how each approved accommodation will roll-out on test day.
  • IMPORTANT: Not all traditional accommodations will be necessary for a computer-based test. For example, students who normally answer directly in their test book when completing paper-based testing, would need to have this accommodation approved in advance of testing to be permitted to answer in this manner. However, both computer-based SSAT options require the student to click and select an answer on screen for each test item and no physical testing materials are provided. All things considered, EMA recommends seeking approval for all accommodations which may be necessary across all modes of testing, in case your circumstances change and need to test in a different mode than originally planned. If you have questions regarding any differences in rules and regulations surrounding a particular accommodation for computer-based versus paper-based testing, please refer to the accommodations section below.
  • EMA recommends that any student considering the possibility of taking a paper-based SSAT during the testing season apply and be approved for any accommodations that would be necessary for paper-based testing as no accommodations will be provided unless they have been approved in advance of registering for testing. A student not having needed approval for certain accommodation(s) when taking the computer-based test will not permit usage of non-approved accommodations on any paper-based test registration for any reason.
  • Any student completing a computer-based SSAT at a Prometric test center in their area will not be required to have their medical devices approved as an accommodation ahead of test day. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your medically necessary items require prior approval as an accommodation prior to registering for the SSAT, please contact EMA's customer support team at for assistance.
  • EMA will always try its best to accommodate family requests for changes to an existing test registration for their student. The addition or removal of accommodations from an existing test registration is dependent upon multiple factors and may not always be possible. In some cases, it may be necessary to reschedule testing to accommodate last-minute requests, particularly for computer-based test registrations due to the involvement of third-party vendors administering the SSAT on behalf of EMA. If you need to request changes to your student’s test registration, please contact EMA as soon as possible at


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If you have any questions or concerns about your family's ability to provide anything needed for your student to complete testing, please contact EMA immediately and well in advance of your scheduled test date.

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