Testing Exceptions

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There are two types of testing exceptions: (1) non-Saturday testing for religious reasons and (2) services for students with disabilities (SSD). 

1. Non-Saturday testing

If your religious convictions prohibit you from testing on a Saturday, you can test on Sunday with written documentation from a clergy member.

To request Sunday testing, you must complete a paper enrollment form, which you can request by emailing 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu.

Detailed instructions

  1. Decide on either the ACT or SAT.
  2. Choose the test date, and fill in the corresponding oval on the paper enrollment form: 8f for non-Saturday ACT or 8e for non-Saturday SAT.
  3. Enter the non-Saturday test center code: 8b for ACT (six-digit code) or 8a for SAT (five-digit code). Contact Duke TIP at (919) 668-9100 or 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu for a list of non-Saturday test center choices.
  4. Obtain a letter from your clergy or religious school on official letterhead requesting non-Saturday testing.
  5. Mail the paper enrollment form, clergy letter, and your payment to TIP at the address located on the enrollment form.

2. Services for students with disabilities (SSD)

SSD accommodations are intended for students who receive accommodations for testing in school. Eligibility is based on current, documented, professionally diagnosed disabilities, or formal school plans that document functional limitations accommodated on school testing.

ACT and SAT handle all requests for SSD accommodations, not Duke TIP.

You can find the necessary forms for requesting accommodations on the ACT and SAT SSD Instructions and Forms page.

Students with diabetes

Testing accommodations for students with diabetes may not be documented at the student’s school but may be easily documented with doctor’s notes for the diagnosis, devices used, or other medications. See the standard time with accommodations section below for specific accommodations.

SSD requests deadlines

Accommodation request deadlines are much earlier than regular enrollment deadlines. School counselors need two to three weeks to submit the accommodation request for ACT or SAT approval.

Test Date
Deadline for agency to receive request
ACT 10/27/2018 10/14/2018
SAT 11/3/2018 9/14/2018
SAT 12/1/2018 10/12/2018
ACT 12/8/2018 11/19/2018
ACT 2/9/2019 1/18/2019
SAT 3/9/2019 1/18/2019
ACT 4/13/2019 3/25/2019
SAT 5/4/2019 3/15/2019
SAT 6/1/2019 4/12/2019
ACT 6/8/2019 5/20/2019


The test dates in bold are recommended to ensure students can take advantage of their benefits with no delays. See Getting Started for more details.

Commonly requested accommodations

Standard time with accommodations

This option is meant for students who can test at a regularly scheduled national test center with standard time limits, but who require other accommodations, potentially including:

  • a wheelchair-accessible room
  • a large-type test booklet (18-pt.)
  • having an assistant mark responses in the test booklet
  • permission for diabetics to eat snacks in the test room, bring diabetic supplies, wear an insulin pump, or take stop-the-clock-breaks
  • seating near the front of the room for a student to lip-read spoken instructions
  • a sign-language interpreter (not a relative) to sign spoken instructions (not test items)
  • a printed copy of spoken instructions with visual notification of start, time remaining, and stop times

Extended time (50 percent time extension)

This accommodation is for students who can test at a regularly scheduled national test center with either a regular type (10-pt.) or large type (18-pt.) test booklet, but who require time-and-a-half on each section of the multiple-choice tests. For some disabilities, breaks are accommodated as needed.

In-school testing (100 percent or more time)

For special testing situations that cannot be accommodated at national testing centers, ACT and SAT allow students to be tested at school with a school staff member administering the test. This option is for students who require more than a 50 percent time extension, testing over more than one day, or other test formats, such as braille, audio cassette or MP3, DVDs, or a reader.

Detailed instructions

  1. Decide on either the ACT or SAT.
  2. Enroll online or by paper enrollment form (which you can request by emailing 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu)
    • If enrolling online, check the box that indicates students will be requesting SSD accommodations. Complete the online enrollment by submitting a credit card payment.
    • If enrolling by paper enrollment form, choose the test date, and fill in the corresponding ovals: 8b and 8d for ACT or 8a and 8c for SAT. Mail the enrollment form with appropriate fee to TIP.
  3. We will email you a link to the SSD materials. Print them and submit them to your school as soon as possible.
  4. The school counselor will submit the SSD materials to either ACT or SAT.
  5. Follow up with ACT or SAT as needed.