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Administering digital tests with accommodations is very similar to administering the tests without them, but there are a few key differences.

Preparing to Give Tests with Accommodations

SSD coordinators need to check these tasks off their list before test day:

  • Request accommodations for students who need them. As with paper testing, College Board approval is required for students taking the SAT and PSAT 10. Students taking the PSAT 8/9 don't need College Board approval, but they can request it.
  • Complete the required training.
  • Work with the test coordinator to confirm that there will be enough testing rooms available for each testing group.
  • Order paper testing materials if you’re testing students who use accommodations that require them. PSAT 8/9 materials can be ordered on the test ordering website. For other tests, follow the instructions provided in your school's training materials or by your department of education.

Encourage Student Practice

Students can practice in the secure browser, where they can adjust the settings and use assistive technology to simulate their test day experience. They can do this on their own, but we recommend scheduling a practice session or using your preadministration session.

Practice is especially important for students who use screen readers. Several third-party screen readers, including recent versions of JAWS, have been tested to confirm compatibility. However, students use a variety of third-party software, so we recommend testing any approved assistive technology before test day.

Learn how to help students practice testing with accommodations.

Setting Accommodations in TIDE

The test coordinator or SSD coordinator needs to select the appropriate approved accommodations for each student in TIDE's Test Settings and Tools section. Universal tools, available to all students, aren't accommodations and don't need to be set in TIDE. Learn how to configure settings and enable assistive technology on TIDE and AT Settings.

Test Day Scripts

There are scripts in the testing manuals that vary slightly, depending on timing accommodations, and the proctor must make sure they're reading the script that corresponds to the timing group they're testing.