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.
- 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 with 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 Student Digital Test Preview 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.
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.
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.
Read More About Accommodations
Assistive Technology (AT) Resource Guide
Lists supported operating systems and required hardware and software for testing with assistive technology. Explains how to configure JAWS and NVDA navigate the digital test.
Digital PSAT 8/9 Accommodated Testing Manual
Includes information and scripts for SSD coordinators and proctors administering the digital PSAT 8/9 to students with disabilities.
Manage Student Settings Guide
Describes universal and accessibility tools in the CB Secure Browser and explains how to use TIDE to configure them to meet student needs.