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If a student who will be taking a digital exam instead of a paper and pencil exam determines they no longer want or need to test with some or all of their approved accommodations, they can request accommodations to be waived for the digital exam. For instance, a student who normally needs extended time for writing longhand might determine they don’t need extended time when working on a computer.

Waived accommodations must be indicated through AP Registration and Ordering by 7 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date.

Talk with each student with approved accommodations and the SSD coordinator to confirm that the student wants to use all approved accommodations on the digital exam. If a student wants to opt out of using any or all of their approved accommodations, take the following steps:

1 Get a letter from the student stating their intent to waive their approved accommodations. The letter should specify which accommodations the student wants to waive and for which digital exam subject(s). Keep the letter on file at your school.

  • Students under age 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the letter acknowledging this waiver.
  • Students 18 and over must sign the letter acknowledging this waiver.

2 Update the student’s accommodations for the digital exam in AP Registration and Ordering. Because digital exams will otherwise be enabled based on the student’s approved accommodations on record, indicating the waiver in AP Registration and Ordering is necessary so the appropriate exam application-based accommodations are removed from the student’s digital exam.

  • Go to the student’s Student Details page in AP Registration and Ordering.
  • Click Digital Exam: Special Format for the applicable exam subject. Note: If a student wants to waive accommodations for multiple exams, you’ll need to update the accommodations information for each exam the student is taking.
  • From the next screen, de-select the accommodations the student wants to waive and click Update at the bottom of the screen.
  • After making the necessary accommodations changes, you also need to click the Submit button on the Orders page in AP Registration and Ordering.

Shows a Special Digital Formats screen with a mouse cursor positioned to deselect an accommodation—to illustrate what needs to be done to waive an accommodation

Be aware of the following details:

  • Leave Accommodations selected even if a student is planning to test with a digital alternative: Students approved to test with braille, a human reader, a writer/scribe, or pre-recorded audio (MP3 via streaming) receive an accessible format of the exam compatible with screen readers. AP coordinators must leave these accommodations selected even if a student plans to use assistive technology for their exam instead of a human assistant or paper exam. This ensures the student receives an appropriate accessible format of the exam. If these are de-selected, the student won’t receive an accessible exam format.
  • If an AP coordinator waives accommodations for a student for an exam and the student subsequently needs a makeup digital exam, the waived accommodation(s) will carry over to the makeup exam. For instance, if an assistive technology accommodation was waived for a digital exam during Administration 2, that accommodation will continue to be waived if the student takes a makeup digital exam during Administration 3 unless the AP coordinator makes a change in AP Registration and Ordering by 7 calendar days before the scheduled digital exam date.