For older students....AP, PSAT, SAT, the really big exams

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
For older students....AP, PSAT, SAT, the really big exams
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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 3:38pm

The 504 and IEP that your child has is NOT enough to get him/her modifications on the college entrance exams. My daughter has a 504 for fine and gross motor issues. She has had it since she was 6. Now she is 15, and taking AP courses. Imagine my shock when she was turned down for modifications by the College Boards. We had her retested and sent the new information into the CB. Fortunately they were willing to give her use of a word processor, but not her extended time. Sheesh.

INVESTIGATE THE STATUS EARLY

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2004
I will have to check on this. I know my bestfriends sister had an IEP in school, through HS and her IEP has helped her a great deal in getting enrolled in college. She starts her first semester this month. I'm not sure how she did it all but her 2nd semester of college is 100% paid for b/c of her SPED. She was taking college level courses during her last 2 years of HS.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2004
Thanks for the heads up! Not sure what my son who has those modifications will want to do when he is that age, but it is good to know ahead of time!
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2007

How do those accommodations get made? If a child is receiving extra time and a word processor for standardized tests, what steps have to be taken (and who takes them) to ensure they have them for these college entrance tests. My son is in 8th grade and I really appreciate your giving us a heads up on this.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997

Start a year before the students have to take the tests (ask the guidance office for that information). Make sure ALL of your son's psychological and other SPED tests are up to date. Have the CSE or guidance counselor send all the necessary information to the College Boards. THEN, they determine. You can appeal. Most likely your child will not get all of the modifications.

Also check out your local community colleges. The ones near me in NYS do not ask at all for these tests....and with an associates degree, you can go to a 4 year college without taking them! There are ways around all systems!!!!!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-25-2007

Thanks for the great info. Here is a link for others in the same situation that may want more info:

http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ssd?affiliateId=rdr&bannerId=ssd

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Registered: 10-23-2001

Thank you for this information, my daughter is only in the 7th grade but my eyes are always on the BIG PICTURE, entrance exams for college and so forth, Lol.

 

 

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997

VESID has a new name in NYS, I can't remember what it is. I spoke with the rep, because I make a good living and didn't think we qualified for anything. I was wrong. They can help her get help in college where her 504 will no longer count. Unfortunately, I need more DR reports, just at a time when I am transitioning her to a new DR.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
If VESID was income based we wouldn't qualify either. I thought it had something to do with vocational training that starts at the high school but I could be wrong too!

 

 

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997

Most aid from VESID has nothing to do with income, even the technical school, but some college stuff is.