Accommodations Handbook

Useful Hints and Tips

If you have a question or concern, contact right away! EMA is here to work with you to facilitate the approval of all necessary and reasonable accommodations for testing.

After your student’s accommodations are approved, have a conversation with him or her about what to expect on test day and what testing accommodations will be permitted. This will go a long way toward decreasing test day stress and enabling the best performance.

To avoid unnecessary delays, please touch base with your approver after submitting any application for accommodations to confirm receipt of our automated email requesting their approval.

To be eligible for Direct Access and NOT be required to submit documentation, your student’s approver MUST be a representative at your student’s current school.

Sometimes emails sent to approvers get stuck in their spam filters. If your approver seems delayed in responding to your request, call them to make sure they received the necessary approver email.

Please be sure to provide the BEST parent/guardian email address when creating your student’s SSAT account so we can easily contact you with any questions or issues related to your student’s account.

To remain eligible for Direct Access, please select only from the disability categories and common accommodations contained within the online application. EMA recognizes your student’s testing needs may extend beyond those accommodations found within the application; however, any application containing information entered into the “Other” text fields provided will require the application to be supplemented with supporting documentation to ensure EMA is best able to support your student and may increase the wait time for approval and test registration..

If you are required to submit documentation to substantiate your student’s need for accommodations, remember that submitting a full copy of an IEP, 504 plan, or other documentation provides EMA the most complete information and best supports your student's application.


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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.

Find answers to common questions about accommodations in our Help Center.