More information about administering AP Exams for students with approved accommodations will be in the SSD Guidelines, available in early 2022.
Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for accommodations on AP Exams, such as:
- Braille exam format
- Assistive technology–compatible (ATC) exam format
- Large-print exam format
- Extended time
- Extra breaks
- Large-block answer sheets
- Permission to use a computer for typing essays
- Permission to use a magnification device (electronic or non-electronic)
- A human reader to dictate questions
- A writer/scribe to record responses
- A written copy of oral instructions
To take an AP Exam with accommodations, a student must be approved for accommodations by the College Board SSD office. Providing accommodations to students without College Board approval will result in cancellation of these students' scores.
Most students work with the school's SSD coordinator to apply for accommodations before the AP Exam administration. The SSD coordinator requests and manages the accommodations online.
All requests for accommodations and, when required, complete documentation must be submitted through SSD Online by January 18, 2022 .
To learn more about requesting accommodations and administering AP Exams with accommodations, visit College Board SSD.
Submitting Accommodations Requests Through SSD Online
All requests for accommodations and, when required, complete documentation must be submitted through SSD Online by January 18, 2022. Requests for accommodations are not submitted through AP Registration and Ordering. SSD Online is a separate system.
There is a separate request process for a student who needs temporary assistance to complete an exam due to a temporary medical or physical condition (e.g., a broken hand).
Ordering Exams for Students with Accommodations
At the beginning of the school year, it's important to work with your school's SSD coordinator to identify all students with approved or expected accommodations, to understand what students' approved or expected accommodations are. When you order exams, you'll need to identify which students may require special AP Exam formats or materials.
In AP Registration and Ordering, you'll be able to indicate per student any special exam formats or materials needed. You'll also be able to view the status of accommodations requested for students, which will help to inform your exam order. It's still important to work with your school's SSD coordinator to account for students who will likely need accommodations but whose requests haven't yet been submitted or haven't yet been approved by College Board.
Some students may not have received approval from the College Board SSD office for testing accommodations by the November 15 final ordering deadline. However, you should indicate all approved or expected special exam formats or materials before submitting your exam order.
You'll be able to update an existing exam order for any students who receive accommodations approval after the November 15 final ordering deadline without incurring an additional fee. However, if you add a new exam order for a student after the November 15 final ordering deadline, an additional $40 per exam late order fee will be incurred.
After March 15, you'll be able to make a change in AP Registration and Ordering to a student's exam materials only if necessitated by a change in a student's accommodations approval that's received after March 15.
Important: Although you can indicate special materials for students with expected but not yet approved accommodations, to take an AP Exam with accommodations, a student must be approved for accommodations by the College Board SSD office. Providing accommodations to students without College Board approval will result in cancellation of these students' scores.
For more information about ordering exams with accommodations, go to Students Testing with Accommodations.
Completing a Nonstandard Administration Report (NAR)
Nonstandard Administration Reports (NARs) are accessed by the SSD coordinator through SSD Online; they’re not accessed through AP Registration and Ordering.
Before the exam administration, the school’s SSD coordinator must log in to SSD Online and generate a NAR for each student approved for testing accommodations who will be taking an AP Exam. (Extra copies should be printed or photocopied for students taking multiple AP Exams.)
A NAR must be completed and returned for each exam taken with accommodations.