How do I approve accommodations?
Review the step-by-step SSAT accommodations approval process for designated approvers.
My student has been approved for human reader accommodation for the SSAT. Does the reader need to complete any paperwork prior to testing?
Yes. Readers are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for all SSAT test modes. This NDA must be completed and returned for the test to be scored.
If I chose to wait to upload supporting documentation for my student's application for accommodations, how do I provide documentation after submission?
Please login to your online SSAT parent account and return to the pending application for accommodations to upload supporting documentation electronically.
Can my student use the laptop to complete all sections of the SSAT on test day?
The permitted/required use of a computer to complete testing varies depending on test mode. Please review all rules and regulations for the laptop at SSAT.org.
For testing accommodations, what is a 4-function calculator?
A four-function calculator should contain only basic functions including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
What are the responsibilities and requirements of the approver when approving an application for accommodations on the SSAT?
For more info on the approval process and the responsibilities of the approver, please visit: https://www.ssat.org/testing/accommodations/guide-for-students
How do I change the approver listed on my student's application for accommodations?
Please return to the application for accommodations within your online account to enter contact information for the desired approver.
What should I do if I registered my student prior to their application for accommodations being approved?
In some cases, you will have the ability to make a test change within your online SSAT account by returning to the paid registration.
What types of testing accommodations are provided for the SSAT?
EMA provides all necessary and reasonable accommodations to best ensure students with disabilities are able to demonstrate their true academic abilities.
What can I do as a parent to make SSAT testing with accommodations less stressful for my student?
After accommodation approval, it is recommended that you have a conversation with your student about what to expect on test day and their accommodations.
Does my student need to be approved for accommodations on the Character Skills Snapshot?
No. Students are permitted to take the Snapshot at their own pace and may receive assistance in taking it, as needed.
Will the schools know that my student tested with accommodations when I list them as a score recipient?
No. SSAT score reports do not provide any indication that a student testing with accommodation nor will this protected information be shared for any reason.
Who may serve as my student's reader/scribe/sign language interpreter on test day?
For more information regarding the rules and regulations surrounding the reader, scribe, and sign language interpreter accommodations, please visit SSAT.org.
Does my student have to use their approved accommodations on test day?
No. The approval of accommodations is to ensure access to accommodations on test day, but students may choose which, if any, accommodations they wish to use.
Can my student bring and use their Inhaler or Epi-pen on test day in case of emergency?
Students requiring access to epi-pens or inhalers for emergency purposes ONLY are not required to request access to these items as an accommodation.
Why is there a listing of "Other" on the application for accommodations? What does this mean?
The "Other" entry fields allow families to request accommodations or list disabling conditions beyond those listed on the application.
Where can I find more information about testing accommodations and the SSAT?
To find out more regarding accommodated testing for the SSAT, please visit: https://www.ssat.org/testing/accommodations/guide-for-students
What are the differences for accommodations when completing a computer-based versus paper-based SSAT?
Each mode of testing has different nuances when it comes to the rules and regulations for accommodations. Please review rule differences at SSAT.org.
Are students allowed to use gel overlays when taking the SSAT?
Any student requiring access to gel overlays when completing the SSAT must apply and be approved for such as an accommodation prior to registering for testing.
What are EMA's rules and regulations for the sign language interpreter accommodation on the SSAT?
Any student in need of a sign language interpreter for testing is required to apply and be approved for such as an accommodation ahead of test registration.
What are EMA's rules and regulations for the scribe accommodation on the SSAT?
Any student requiring an assistive scribe on test day are required to apply and be approved for such accommodation prior to registering for testing.
My student has been recommended to test in a smaller test setting. Are students able to test in a reduced group size with fewer students on test day for the SSAT?
Students requiring a small group setting on test day must apply and be approved for such accommodation prior to registering for any SSAT offering.
Are students allowed to bring a seat cushion or pillow to place on their test seat when completing the SSAT?
Any student requiring access to a pillow/seat cushion on test day is required to apply and be approved for such accommodation prior to registering for testing.
Are students allowed to use a ruler when taking the SSAT?
Any student requiring access to a ruler for testing must apply and be approved for such an accommodation prior to registering for any SSAT offering.
What are EMA's rules and regulations for the reader accommodation on the SSAT?
Any student requiring an assistive reader on test day are required to apply and be approved for such accommodation prior to registering for testing.
My student usually takes their prescribed medication during scheduled SSAT testing hours. Will they be permitted to bring their medication with them to the test center and take it during the test?
Students needing access to prescribed medication(s) when testing must be approved as part of an application for accommodations prior to registering for testing.
What are EMA's rules and regulations for the use of a laptop when completing the writing sample portion of the SSAT?
Rules for the use of laptop vary based on the mode of testing being completed by the student.
Does EMA provide enlarged font versions of the SSAT?
Any student requiring an enlarged format for testing are required to apply and be approved for such as an accommodation prior to registering for testing.
Are students permitted to use a highlighter when completing the SSAT?
Any student needing access to a highlighter during testing must apply and be approved for this as an accommodation prior to registering for testing.
My student has a hearing impairment. Will they be able to wear their hearing aids, cochlear implants, or FM system when testing to ensure they are able to hear any directions presented aloud when taking the SSAT?
Students in need of access to assistive hearing devices must be approved as part of an application for accommodations prior to registering for an SSAT offering.
What are EMA's rules and regulations for using a hand held magnifier on the SSAT?
Students that have applied and been approved for access to a hand held magnifier as an accommodations are permitted access to a magnifier on all test sections.
Are students able to bring and use scratch or graph paper to help them problem solve when taking the SSAT?
Scrap paper or a place to figure is always allowed.
What are EMA's rules and regulations for using a calculator on the SSAT?
Any student needing access to a calculator for testing, must be approved for this as an accommodation prior to registering for testing.
Does EMA provide the SSAT in Braille for students who are legally blind or visually impaired?
Yes. Braille materials will be made available for any student in need following application and approval for this particular accommodation.
What does Answer Directly in Test Book mean as an accommodation? How does it work on the SSAT?
Approved students are permitted to record all answers directly in the test book rather than transferring answers to a corresponding answer sheet.
What are the rules and regulations for 50% additional time when completing the SSAT?
Any student approved for access to 50% additional time will receive this increased amount of time so long as they have been registered for accommodated testing.
My student has diabetes. Are they able to bring their medical devices, medication, and snacks/drinks with them on test day when taking the SSAT?
Students needing access to such items on test day will need to apply and be approved for such accommodations before registering for any SSAT offering.
If my student is using a laptop to complete their writing sample on test day at a paper-based test center, how is the writing sample saved and how is it reported to schools?
Please provide your student with either a USB flash drive or a rewritable CD on which to store their written work upon completion on test day.
Is my child's teacher or support staff permitted to assist them as their reader and/or scribe on test day?
Yes. Anyone may serve in the role of reader and/or scribe for your child on test day so long as they have not also provided direct SSAT test preparation.
Are students able to take the SSAT with unlimited time if that is what they are provided at school or on state testing?
An untimed testing administration is not possible as this places an undue burden on our organization and the test site administering the test.
Are students with limited English proficiency (LEP) or those considered to be learning English as a Second Language (ESL) eligible to receive accommodations on the SSAT?
No. Any student who is limited English proficient or an English Language Learner, is not eligible to receive testing accommodations on the SSAT.
Are students with temporary impairments such as broken bones, concussions, or the like eligible to receive accommodations when taking the SSAT?
How can I add additional accommodation for my student?
If you would like to have additional accommodations considered/approved, please submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible for assistance.
How do I register for Sunday testing in Israel for a Standard test?
If your student is in need of Sunday testing approval for any Standard SSAT offered in Israel, please contact EMA at email@example.com for assistance.
What is Direct Access for accommodations?
Direct Access indicates when a student's application has met all criteria to allow the application to be approved without submission of supporting documentation
If my student has approved accommodations and chooses to take the SSAT twice in the same admissions cycle, do I need to re-apply for testing accommodations for each test date?
No. Accommodations approved during a given testing season will be available for testing through the end of that testing season (August 1st - July 31st).
My student has already been approved for certain accommodations on the SSAT, but I would like to have additional accommodations considered for approval. What should I do?
You may choose to submit a new application for the new testing accommodations or you may contact EMA at TA@enrollment.org to see if they may be added without.
How long is my student's approval for testing accommodations valid for the SSAT?
Testing accommodations are valid for only the current testing season, which ends on July 31st.
Can students receive accommodations when completing the SSAT?
Yes. Any student with an identified or suspected disabling condition or impairment may apply for accommodation(s) on the SSAT.
How do I apply for SSAT accommodations?
Students in need of testing with accommodations are required to apply AND receive approval for any accommodations they may need when taking the SSAT.
Will equipment, materials, and/or personnel be provided by the test site for my student's testing accommodations on test day?
No. It is the responsibility of a student's family to provide all equipment, materials, and personnel to support approved accommodations for all test modes.
Where can I find more information regarding specifics for each of the common accommodations listed within the application?
Please visit https://www.ssat.org/testing/accommodations/guide-for-students#appendix for more detailed information on specific accommodations.
How long will it take for my student's testing accommodations to be approved?
In general, allow two weeks from the date of submission for the review and processing of your student's application for testing accommodations.
What is an accommodations approver?
An approver is a qualified individual familiar with a student's disability and has supporting documentation on file with their organization.
How do I register for testing with accommodations?
Students MUST be approved for their respective testing accommodations BEFORE they will be permitted to register for the SSAT with accommodations.
How do I determine what accommodation(s) my student needs when taking the SSAT?
It is best to consult with teacher(s), therapy provider(s), and/or medical professionals familiar with your student's condition and educational testing needs.
What types of documentation can be submitted to substantiate my student's application for accommodations?
Any documentation which highlights your student's educational testing needs resulting from an identified disability or impairment may be considered.