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Applying for Extended Time: SAT vs ACT

As we mentioned in our previous post, Extended Time accommodations can be a great help for eligible students taking the SAT or ACT. However, one common misconception is that approval for one test means approval for both. It is important to realize that this is not the case as the SAT and ACT are individual test providers and have different application processes. In this post we will walk you through the request process for Extended Time: SAT vs ACT.

Generally speaking, working with your school counselor or SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) coordinator is necessary to complete the application process.

Applying for Extended Time: SAT vs ACT

1. Consult with school SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) coordinator
2. Complete Parent Consent form
3. SSD coordinator requests for accommodations online
4. Any additional documentation is requested from SSD online
5. SSD coordinator submits any additional documentation
6. College Board’s SSD reviews all information and may request review by qualified external reviewers
7. Decision is made and Student and SSD coordinator are notified
(Approx. Time to receive decision: 7 weeks from time of submission)
1. Register for an official ACT
2. Indicate accommodations are needed
3. Select the correct accommodation
4. Finish Registration
5. ACT sends email with instructions
6. Fill out Consent to Release Information form
7. Send the ACT email & Consent to Release Information form to your school official
8. Check with school official to ensure your request was submitted
9. Your request is reviewed by ACT and a decision is sent to your school official
10. Receive official decision from school official within two weeks
(Approx. Time to receive decision: 2 weeks from time of submission)

Helpful Hints:

Don’t Wait! The earlier you request accommodations, the better. College Board recommends beginning the process as early as Freshman year!

Gather your documents! Have your documentation ready for your school counselor of SSD coordinator prior to starting the process.

Familiarize yourself with the process! Visit ACT.org’s checklist here or College Board’s approval process here.

Review the deadlines! College Board recommends students apply for accommodations prior to registering for an official SAT, whereas, the ACT requires students to register for the official test in order to apply for accommodations.

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