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Applying for Accommodations
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The folks in charge of the PSAT, SAT, and ACT are aware that some students are faced with challenges and difficulties in the classroom that make test-taking more difficult. They can grant specific accommodations to students with documented need.

That’s a documented learning or physical disability. While you may think that trying to schedule Tough Mudder training around your weekly Parks and Rec marathon is challenging, that's not the kind of thing that will qualify you for accommodations during a standardized test.

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What documented needs are we talking about here?
If you have ever had a 504 or Individual Education Plan because of a learning challenge, you might be eligible. If you think a 504 is a cleaning spray, then you need to move along. Examples of learning needs include ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Processing Speed Issues, Math or Writing Disorders, etc.

What kind of accommodations will I receive? 
Accommodations vary based on need, but might include 50 or 100% extra time, large-print exams, small-group settings, and additional or extended breaks. Sorry, free apple fritters are not a potential accommodation.

How do I apply for accommodations?
To apply for accommodations, get to know your high school guidance counselor, who won’t help you pretend you’re blind or break your kneecaps to give you a physical disability, but who will be able to help you with accommodations you actually need. If you can’t access help at school, have a look at the following websites to access instructions for application: PSAT and SAT, and ACT.

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