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Many accommodations for paper testing, such as extended testing time or extra breaks, are the same for digital tests.

Some accommodations differ for digital testing because there are no paper testing materials. For example, students approved for large-print test books can take the digital test with an increased font size. All students can use the zoom function.

If a student has already been approved for an accommodation that is applicable to paper testing, they don’t have to request a new accommodation to use the digital alternative.

Important:

Student Practice

Practicing in the Student Digital Test Preview is especially important for students who use screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, and other digital accessibility features. Learn more about student practice.

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Testing on Paper

Some students have conditions that prevent them from testing digitally or are uncomfortable using the digital alternative to their approved accommodation. In these cases, their SSD coordinator can request College Board approval for an accommodation to take the test on paper. Test coordinators need to order materials online.

Universal Tools

The following digital features, which are available for all digital test takers to use without approval, may eliminate the need for other accommodations:

  • Clock: Counts down the time left for each section and gives a 5-minute warning
  • Mark for review: Allows students to flag questions for later review
  • Calculator: Available on-screen for calculator-allowed questions
  • Notepad: For digital note-taking; students also receive scratch paper
  • Highlighter: Available for marking text, questions, and answer options
  • Line reader: Uses highlighting to guide students as they read
  • Strikethrough: Allows students to eliminate answer options
  • Zoom in/zoom out: Enlarges the text and images on a test page

Tools that Require Approval

Students who need any of the following tools should work with their SSD coordinator to submit a request for accommodations:

  • Assistive technology: Including screen readers and refreshable Braille
  • Color contrast: Displays the test with different background or font color
  • Mouse pointer: Adjusts the mouse/cursor to match color and size preference
  • Streamlined mode: Linear presentation; eliminates split screen.
  • Timing: Various timing scenarios based on documented need.
  • Text-to-speech: Allows parts of the test to be read aloud.
  • Font size: Adjust text content font size, up to 8 times the original size.
  • Masking: Allows students to block off answer choices, or any part of the question or prompt.
  • Four-function calculator: Allows students to use the Desmos four-function calculator on the Math Test – No Calculator portion.

Digital Alternatives

Use the tables below to identify digital alternatives to accommodations for paper testing. Home testing is not supported.

Digital Alternatives Used in a Standard Testing Room

Accommodation for Paper Testing

Digital Alternative

Large-print test book (14 point or higher)

Zoom, magnifier tool, and/or bigger font size*

Magnifier/Magnifying Machine

Zoom, magnifier tool, and/or bigger font size*

Computer for Essay only

No need for accommodation

Colored overlay

Color contrast**

Digital Alternatives Used in a Nonstandard Testing Room

Accommodation for Paper Testing

Digital Alternative

Braille

Use of a compatible screen reader and/or refreshable braille device with paper-based braille supplements**

Braille graphs

Use of a compatible screen reader and/or refreshable braille device with paper-based braille supplements**

MP3 audio test form

Text-to-speech (TTS)/use of compatible screen reader software**

Human reader

Text-to-speech (TTS)/use of compatible screen reader software**

Assistive Technology Compatible (ATC) format

Use of a compatible screen reader and/or refreshable braille device with paper-based braille supplements**

*The zoom and magnifier tools don’t require setup, but a bigger font size must be managed in TIDE.

** Requires management of student’s Test Settings and Tools section in TIDE.

Questions

If you have questions about digital test accommodations, call us at 212-713-8333 or email [email protected].