Using Accommodations on Digital Tests

Some accommodations are administered differently on digital tests than on paper and pencil tests. For example, if you're approved to use a human reader on paper and pencil tests, you may get a screen reader for digital tests. Also, some accommodations may not be needed for a digital test. For example, if you're approved for large print, you may use the zoom tool that's available to all test takers.

Check the chart below to see how your approved accommodations will be administered on digital tests. If you think you need a different accommodation, speak to your school counselor or SSD coordinator, or contact SSD as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT: Accommodations cannot be changed or waived on test day. All accommodations must be approved by SSD. Speak to your school’s SSD coordinator or see Services for Students with Disabilities for information about requesting accommodations.

Approved Accommodations Details

Review the list below to learn how common testing accommodations will work for digital exams.

Approved Accommodation SAT Exam Details and Testing Options
Extended Time
Extended Time Students will receive their approved amount of extended time within the digital exam and will also receive extra breaks. Students approved for extended time for reading will receive extended time for the entire test. Students approved for extended time for math only will receive it only for the Math section. NOTE: For SAT Weekend, students approved for time and one-half and double time will test in a test center on a Saturday or Sunday.
Breaks
Breaks as Needed Students approved for this accommodation will receive an exam that allows them to pause their exam to take breaks as needed. The pause feature appears below the timer. NOTE: For SAT Weekend, students approved for breaks as needed will test in a test center on a Saturday or Sunday.
Extended Breaks Students approved for this accommodation will receive an exam with twice the time of the regularly scheduled break applied.
Extra Breaks Students approved for this accommodation will receive an exam with an extra 5-minute break applied between Module 1 and Module 2 in each section.
Extra and Extended Breaks Students approved for this accommodation will receive an exam with twice the time of regularly scheduled breaks and extra breaks applied.
Braille
Braille with Raised Line Drawings, Contracted Students approved for a braille accommodation will test with the digital exam using a refreshable braille display or screen reader. Students using a screen reader will need to use headphones.

If a student is unable to test using the digital exam, they should contact Customer Service to request a paper braille exam.
Raised Line Drawings (formerly "braille graphs and figures") Students can take the digital exam and use the raised line drawing supplement.
Braille Writer For a digital exam, braille writing software should be used. If a student is unable to test using the digital exam, they should contact Customer Service to request a paper exam.
Large Print, Magnification, Color
Large-Print Exam

Large-Print Answer Sheet

Magnification Device (electronic/non-electronic)
Students will be able to take digital exams using their device’s functions to zoom in and out.
Color Overlay/Color Contrast Students can use the color settings available through their operating system and/or device screen, or they can use a plastic overlay attached to their device's screen.
Reading and Writing Accommodations
Human Reader

Screen Reader for Digital Exams
Students approved for a human reader or screen reader for digital exams will take a digital exam using the screen reader functionality available through their device's operating system (i.e., text-to-speech) or their own screen reader software.

Students will receive an exam format enabled with time and one-half (+50%) extended time.

If a student is unable to test using the digital exam, they should contact Customer Service to request a paper exam.
Writer/Scribe

Dictation for Digital Exams
Students approved for writer/scribe or dictation for digital exams should test with the digital exam using speech-to-text.

If a student is unable to test with the digital exam, they should contact Customer Service to request a paper exam.
Pre-recorded Audio (MP3 via streaming) Students approved for prerecorded audio will take a digital exam using the screen reader functionality available through their device’s operating system (i.e., text-to-speech) or their own screen reader software.

Students receiving this accommodation will test with time and one-half (+50%) extended time.
Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Students will be able to take a digital exam using approved assistive technology software. (See below for additional information about assistive technology.)
Assistive Technology—Compatible (ATC) Test Format Students approved for an ATC test format, if not separately approved for a particular assistive technology, can test with a standard digital exam using the app tools and functionality available through their device’s operating system.
Calculators
4-Function Calculator There will not be a Math with no calculator section. A calculator is built into the digital exam and is a universal tool for all students.
Limited Time
Limited Time Students will test using the digital exam. They will test over multiple days if the test time exceeds their approved time.
Audio
Auditory Amplification/FM System Students can use their FM system. Students will be allowed to use headphones.

Tools Available to All Students

Some tools are available to all test takers and don’t require accommodations. These include:

  • Zoom
  • Color contrast
  • Calculator (Desmos, available)
  • Math Reference sheet
  • Annotator (highlighter and notepad)
  • Mark for review
  • Answer eliminator
  • Question navigator (to quickly review and navigate to specific questions)
  • Expand passage or item

Assistive Technology

If you'll be using assistive technology, be sure to read Assistive Technology for important information.

Accommodations with No Exam System Requirements

Accommodations that don’t involve assistive technology or a change to exam timing or breaks don’t require a special format of the digital exam. Examples include permission for small-group testing, food/drink/medication, and permission to test blood sugar. These types of accommodations can be used by students with approval from the College Board SSD office.