College Prep - Tools for Success
When thinking about your next steps after high school, the sky is the limit! Here you'll find helpful hints on researching schools, test prep, information on accommodations, and your rights as a student with disabilities moving forward.
SAT, ACT, & AP Accommodations
After all the hard work you’ve put into school, it’s time to show your skills to prospective colleges and universities. These institutions look at standardized test scores as part of the admissions process, along with grades, extracurricular activities, and other factors. Did you know that you can request accommodations such as extra time, special seating arrangements, and tests in audio or braille formats?
START EARLY – In order to take these tests with accommodations, you must first have approval from the testing agency. This process can take up to two months, so it’s best to start as early as possible. Talk to your school’s guidance counselor or SSD Coordinator for more information.
REGISTER – Once you’ve been approved, register for a test date that fits your schedule and needs. Be sure to include your accommodation requests and approval in the paperwork.
PRACTICE – CollegeBoard, the company which produces the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, offers practice tests on their website in both accessible document and MP3 audio formats: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests
TEST – Call ahead to make sure your accommodations have been noted, and double-check your registration materials. On the day of, eat a nutritious breakfast, get a good night’s sleep, and remember to relax! Don’t get too stressed about the test – remember that nearly every high school student in America is taking the same exam, and feeling the same anxiety. You’ve got this.
Need more information on standardized testing? Check out these resources:
Disability Resources for Students at College
Whether you’ve always rooted for the football team, the biology program is awesome, or the location and price are just right, one consideration you should keep in mind when choosing a college is the level of accommodation your prospective school can offer. Speak with admissions counselors and the institution’s Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office for more information. Here are some DRS pages you might find helpful:
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON - http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY - https://accesscenter.wsu.edu/
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY - http://www.wwu.edu/drs/index.shtml
EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY - https://sites.ewu.edu/dss/
CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY - https://www.cwu.edu/disability-support/
EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE - http://www.evergreen.edu/equalopportunity/accommodating-disabilities
NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE – http://www.nwic.edu/life-on-campus/advising/disability-services/
Don’t see your school? Speak to your guidance counselor, SSD Coordinator, and/or the university or college admissions office. WTBBL’s Youth Services Librarian is also always ready to help you research! Contact Erin at email@example.com or 206-615-1253.
Your Rights as a Student with Disabilities
Remember, federal and state laws prevent schools from discriminating against students based on disability, so don’t be discouraged from applying!
The U.S. Department of education has tons of information on your rights and responsibilities, opportunities for scholarships, and resources for student loans and grants. Read more about the transition from secondary to higher education here:
FOR STUDENTS – https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
FOR EDUCATORS – https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html
Still Have Questions?
Check out these resources for more information:
WA STATE DSB BRIDGE PROGRAM – https://dsb.wa.gov/services/bridge.shtml
GOING TO COLLEGE WITH A DISABILITY – http://www.going-to-college.org/campuslife/index.html
DRC COLLEGE CHECKLIST - http://www.disabilityresource.org/49-checklist-for-college-students-with-disabilities
AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND PREP FOR COLLEGE – http://www.afb.org/info/education/k-12/college-prep/235
TAKING THE GRE– https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/disabilities/?WT.ac=grehome_gredisabilities_180410