National Versus Special Testing:

Which Type of Accommodations or English Learner Supports to Select

National Testing

Select national if you can test at a test center and need an additional accommodation or English learner support.

Examples include:

  • One and one-half time extension
  • Wheelchair accessiblity
  • Large Print (18 pt font) test booklet
  • Writer/scribe to assist with recording responses in the test bookletPreferential seating to be able to lip-read spoken instructions
  • Sign language interpreter to sign spoken instructions (not test items)
  • Use of word to word approved bilingual dictionary/glossary

Special Testing

Select special if you have documented disabilities requiring accommodations that cannot be provided at a test center. Examples include:

  • More than 50% time extension or testing over multiple days
  • Alternate test formats (braille, audio, or a reader)
  • Use of a scribe or computer for the writing test or extended time on the writing test only

For more information on the accommodations and EL support process, see Accommodations.

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