Students with Learning Disabilities:
For students with learning disabilities the college-search process may be even more intimidating. A few pointers:
1. Know your child.
2. Pursue test accommodations (appeal if necessary):
50-100% more time for the SAT or ACT is the most common accommodation. Other accommodations include 4-function calculator on the new SAT, taking the test over a span of several days, a reader, a scribe, a tape recorder, extra/ extended breaks, a distraction–free environment, a large print version, and an alternative test format. Please see:
3. To prepare for the test, here are some options to consider:
a) A prep course. Make sure your student sits up front and does all the homework.
b) One-on-one tutoring (make sure tutor is aware of any accommodations). Do all the homework.
c) Go on-line at Khan Academy or one of the many on-line SAT and ACT courses. Do all the homework.
d) Enroll in Sat-Act Circuit Training. Make sure we are aware of any accommodations.
4. Consider one of the many test-optional colleges (http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional).
Preparing to play sports at college adds another level of complexity to the college search. Take a look at this site for a succinct description of the recruitment process. Planning to Play NCAA Sports?