Accommodations Handbook

What is an approver?

An approver is a qualified individual who can affirm that valid documentation meeting our requirements is on file with their school or organization, and that the student is known to have a disability requiring testing accommodations.

  • The approver listed on a student’s application for accommodations is recommended to be a practitioner or representative from the student’s current or previous school (ex. school psychologist, special education coordinator, counselor, school administrator, therapist, learning specialist, teacher, etc.).
  • The responsibility for maintaining these records varies from school to school, thus a specific role or job title is not required; however, this professional should be able to attest to the validity of your student’s disability and their resultant testing needs.
  • It may be appropriate to identify a medical practitioner involved in your student’s diagnosis or ongoing treatment for their disability; however, it is recommended that the family attempt to identify a school-based professional as they generally know a student’s educational testing needs best.
  • Any individual approving accommodations for a student must be a non-family member, regardless of the credentials held by a family member.
  • If any professional has provided direct SSAT test preparation services for your student, they are not eligible to serve as the approver of your student’s accommodations for the SSAT.


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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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