To better serve students, College Board offers testing supports for English learners (EL) during the digital SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Testing supports include:
- Translated test directions.
- Use of bilingual word-to-word dictionaries.
- Time and one-half (+50%) extended testing time.
EL students who use the above supports during the digital SAT will receive scores they can send to colleges.
Students who meet the following criteria at the time of testing can use EL supports:
- They're enrolled in an elementary or secondary school in the U.S. or U.S. territories.
- They're an English learner as defined by their state or by federal policy.
- They use the same supports in class or for other assessments.
Details About Testing Supports
EL students can use as many of our testing supports as they need. You'll have to change their settings in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) before test day. Go to TIDE and AT Settings to find out how.
Translated Test Directions
Directions are available in English and 15 other languages each for the digital SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. Download the translated test directions from the resources section below and give them to students on test day. It’s not necessary to identify these students in SSD Online.
The bilingual word-to-word dictionaries students use on test day must be from the College Board approved list, available in the resources section below. Schools will provide the dictionaries to students on test day, collecting them when testing is complete. It’s not necessary to identify these students in SSD Online.
To ensure scores are processed correctly and on time, SSD coordinators must use the EL Supports tool in SSD Online to identify EL students who need extended time. Schools don’t need to submit documentation. However, the use of supports should be based on the student’s documented need.
After student names are entered and confirmed, they’ll be listed on the school’s Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR). Coordinators can use the roster feature in TIDE to create room assignments based on extended time test settings.
When EL students use extended time on test day, they're given time and one-half (+50%) on each test section.
Students using time and one-half (+50%) for EL purposes will test in the same room(s) and use the same test materials as all other students using time and one-half (+50%) for Reading.
Extended time for EL students can only be used on the test date indicated on SSD Online. Unlike accommodations for students with disabilities, EL supports are temporary.
Note: PSAT 8/9 students who need extended time don't need to be identified in SSD Online unless your state requires it. EL students taking the SAT or PSAT 10 must be identified in SSD Online about four weeks before testing.
Tests That Don't Use EL Supports
Supports aren't available for weekend SAT administrations or the PSAT/NMSQT.
Does my school need a contract with College Board to use EL supports?
No. Contract and noncontract schools can offer supports to EL students.
Which languages are covered by EL supports?
Translated directions are available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Haitian-Creole, Hindi, Navajo, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Our word-to-word dictionaries list includes over 100 languages.
How do schools submit requests for EL students who also have disabilities?
All requests can be made via SSD Online. EL supports should only be requested if they’re above and beyond what a student is already using as part of an accommodation for disabilities. For example, if a student is already approved for time and one-half (+50%) in Reading as part of an SSD accommodation, they don’t need to be identified again in SSD Online.
Do schools need parental consent?
Schools should have consent from a parent or guardian to share student information with College Board before they enter their information in SSD Online. Students over 18 can grant consent themselves.
Schools that don't have documentation of parental approval through other processes (IEP, 504 Plan, EL classification, etc.) can use the consent form provided in the EL Supports tool on SSD Online. These schools should maintain the form with the student’s records. It doesn’t need to be sent to College Board.