Accommodations Handbook


  • Students approved for the use of a highlighter are responsible for providing this writing tool on test day when completing paper-based SSAT administrations.
  • Students are not permitted to highlight the answer booklet, but may highlight any part of the test book.
  • The computer-based SSAT at Home has a highlighting feature built into the test software to allow all students, including those without any approved accommodations, to highlight any text they wish when testing. To highlight, students must click and drag to select the text they wish to highlight. After selecting the text, a button labeled "highlight" will appear above the cursor allowing the student to select which color they want to highlight. All highlighted text will remain highlighted for the remaining time in a given test section.
  • Please note that any student completing the SSAT at a Prometric test center will not have the same electronic highlighting functionality as permitted by the SSAT at Home. If a highlighting tool is necessary for your student on test day, it will be best to have them complete the SSAT using a different mode of testing.


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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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