Change for Requesting Accommodations for College Entrance Exams

It’s welcome news that beginning January 1, 2017, the College Board (the company which oversees standardized testing for college admissions) will change the process for enabling a student to earn accommodations on college entrance exams.  According to the College Board, students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests, and AP® Exams.


The college application process is overwhelming for many families.  Streamlining the accommodations request process is a step in the right direction for the College Board.  When my practice focused exclusively on psychoeducational testing, I spent a significant amount of time filling out multi-paged forms for parents requesting accommodations such as 1.5 to 2 times extended testing, the use of a reader for auditory administration of testing, or testing in a private room for those with distractibility issues.  Generally, if you are receiving extra time or the use of a reader you will get a private testing room without requesting it.


You can read the notice from the College Board here.


If your rising high school student needs assistance in picking the right school for their learning differences, please give me a call at 813-454-1050.  I would be happy to assist you.