Accommodations Process for College Board Testing

Understand the FCPS process to request accommodations for College Board tests

Students with disabilities who will be participating in the October 13, 2021, PSAT/NMSQT or SAT School Day may be eligible for College Board testing accommodations.

The content on this page provides information about the Fairfax County Public Schools process for requesting College Board accommodations on these tests. This information is included as enclosure 1 in the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT School Day testing notifications shared with parents and guardians in June-July 2021.

Printable College Board accommodation forms are available with FCPS translations

Enclosure 1 - Accommodations Process for College Board Testing

To Parents and/or Guardians of Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities who have testing accommodations documented in an IEP or 504 Plan may be eligible for accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT School Day assessment. However, not all testing accommodations in an IEP or 504 Plan are permitted by the College Board, and not all students with Standards of Learning (SOL) testing accommodations will require these accommodations on the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT School Day. Information about eligibility for testing accommodations for these assessments is available on the College Board website (https://accommodations.collegeboard.org/eligibility).  

If the student already has College Board accommodations approved from a previous PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, or AP test, then no further action is needed. For a student to receive new or amended accommodations, the College Board must approve a formal request for the student. Each high school has a designated staff member who serves as the SSD (Services for Students with Disabilities) coordinator and works with the College Board to make these requests. All accommodations requests are due from the school to the College Board in August. The school may not make a request without consent from you and your student. Parents/guardians must give their input and consent to the school by August 10, 2021, using the forms enclosed here. 

Below you will find information on possible College Board testing accommodations. As you and your student consider which accommodation(s) may be appropriate for the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT School Day, please keep in mind the following:

If you would like the school to request College Board accommodation(s) for your student, follow these three steps.

  1. Complete the Accommodations Input Form (Enclosure 2):
    • Circle the accommodation(s) in the list that you would like the school request from your student’s IEP or 504 Plan;
    • Initial and date at the bottom of the form to confirm your input;
  2. Complete the Accommodations Request Consent Form (Enclosure 3):
    • Write in your student’s name, school, and date of birth;
    • With your student, sign and date to verify your consent for release of records to the College Board; 
  3. Return copies of both forms to the high school by August 10, 2021.

After receiving your forms, school staff will review your student’s IEP or 504 Plan and academic records to verify the testing accommodation(s) and collect documentation the College Board requires for each request. School staff will contact you if there are any questions about your selected accommodation(s). 

Please contact your student’s high school at ____________________________ if you have questions about testing accommodations for the PSAT/NMSQT or SAT School Day or wish to discuss the request process. 

When returning accommodation input and consent forms (Enclosures 2 and 3), send or deliver to:

       ATTN: ______________________________

       _________________________ High School

       ___________________________________

       ____________________, VA  ___________