It would make standardized tests such as the SAT or ACT much easier if they could be brought home for us to use at our own pace. These exams can be anxiety-provoking due to their time limitations. It is often difficult to see how the time allotted for each section compares to the complexity and number of questions that must be answered. You must manage your time!

Some students have been diagnosed with disabilities, which allows them to work more efficiently. These accommodations are valid for the SAT/ACT administrations if there is documentation. This accommodation is available to most test takers. Extended time will be given to the majority of applicants. Doubletime and Special testing are reserved for those with more severe needs. These extended time regulations were in effect as of August 2019.


Extended Time is most commonly approved accommodation for test-takers. ACT accommodations allow for up to 50% extended time. Students typically take Extended Time SATs/ACTs in small groups. Each section must be completed in one session.

Extended Time Students eligible for National Extended Time are given a total of five hours for each section, and one hour for the optional writing test. ACT Extended Time test-takers used to be able to use their time in multiple-choice sections the way they wanted, but this practice has ended. Today, test takers who use what ACT calls Timing Code 6 have to follow this structure:

English 70 minutes
Math– 90 Minutes
< 15 minute break >
55 minutes
Science 55 Minutes
< 5 minute break >
– 60 min

Extended Time
Time and a Half students on the SAT are granted 50% more time than usual for each section. Students will have to complete the essay in 5 hours. Students are given 5-minute breaks at certain intervals.

98 Minutes (49 + 5 break > +49 minutes)
< 5 minute break >
Language53 Minutes
< 5 minute break >
Math No Calculator – 38 Minutes
< 5 minute break >
Math Calculator – 84 minute (42 + 5 break > + 42minutes)

Students must stay in one section. They can't move to another section until the time has been called. Extended Time test-takers may be allowed to take the extra section 5, which will last 42 minutes, plus a short break. This section cannot be administered to students who have extended time or need extra breaks.

Two times the speed

Some students may be eligible for extra time of up to 100%. This accommodation allows exams to be administered at the student's school, rather than at a designated testing center. This accommodation is more common than 50% Extended.

ACT Special Test
Students who have completed Special Testing receive twice the time for each section. Although test sections may be spaced over multiple days, students are not allowed to stop in the middle of sections. Each student's accommodation will determine the length of breaks.

English 90 minutes
Math120 Minutes
Reading70 Minutes
Science70 Minutes
Essay 80 minutes

SAT Dual Time
Students who receive Double Time will get 100% more time for each section if they are qualified. Each student will have to take the test sections over two days. Breaks are determined by their accommodations.

Reading130 Minutes
English 70 minutes
HTML-No Calculator 50 minute
Math Calculator – 110 Minutes
Essay 100 minutes


Students who are able to manage their time well will find that more questions can be beneficial. This accommodation can be as dangerous as it is helpful. Standard timing will make it take at least four hours to complete an SAT/ACT test. Think about how difficult a five- or six-hour endurance test would be

Practice can help you make the most from this accommodation. To improve their focus endurance and time management, students should take practice timed tests. ACT Extended Time student must also learn how to properly allocate the time for breaks and test sections. Most proctored practice exams are not administered with accommodations, so extended-time students will need to practice on their own.

Extended Time is free of any stigma. Students' score reports do not include information about the accommodations that were made for a particular ACT or SAT administration. These accommodations are provided to help students with documented and professionally diagnosed disabilities. Therefore, it is a rational decision for test takers to make use of all accommodations available.


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