@Newbie3kids You’re welcome. She was allowed to take as many breaks between sections as needed, although I’m not sure what in her testing accounted for this accommodation. It helped her anxiety, although it made for a really long day.
Another accommodation she received was use of a keyboard for the essay. Writing with a pen or pencil hinders her from rapidly retrieving information and formulating answers. Using a computer makes it easier for her to write and simultaneously compose her thoughts. This was a known LD.
She was in a quiet room by herself, although this may have been because she was the only one using a computer.
She has a verbal retrieval learning disability–she can’t pull up words easily when speaking, and the AP Spanish exam required her to respond rapidly to a computer voice. We didn’t realize this ahead of time, or she might have asked for more response time. But she did well on the exam overall, thankfully, and we let it go.
There are other accommodations but they come out of the testing. If there are no LD’s, it can be tougher to get accommodations. I believe with ADHD processing speed is sometimes affected, which usually allows for extra time.
She has good processing speed but is a very slow reader and suffers from clinical anxiety, so her testing showed she performs better with unlimited time rather than timed tests, and she ended up with time and a half on all the tests. Her friend has dyslexia, and tests over two days with double time.
It’s best to have an educational psychologist who is experienced with the age group, and knows how the college board likes the data presented in the report, do the testing. We found one through the disabilities resource counselor at her high school.
My neice wth ADHD said the biggest difference between her Junior SAT score and her Senior SAT score, is that her medication had been optimized right before Senior year and she could focus better. That really helped her CR score, although it did nothing for her math score. She uses long-acting Ritalin.