Taking a test such as the SAT, ACT, or Advanced Placement exams can be really nerve-wracking - especially when you have to worry about your blood sugar fluctuating. We get it, we've been there, and we promise you can handle it.
When you're taking standardized tests, the rules can be really strict, so you need to be a bit proactive to make sure that you are able to bring all of your diabetes supplies to the test with you, and that you're able to test and treat when necessary. We've spoken with our friends at the American Diabetes Association and they have informed us of the steps you can take beforehand to make sure that you're allowed everything you need. Directly below, we've highlighted some of the most important points for you. You'll find links to the full American Diabetes Association resources at the bottom of this page.
- Don't be afraid to ask for what you need, i.e. accommodations during the testing process (see Chapter 9 of the ADA "Going to College with Diabetes" publication for templates you can use)
- Provide documentation to the testing agencies. (Hint: Your 504 Plan, or another formal written plan, can be very useful for this purpose). Again, see Chapter 9 of the ADA "Going to College with Diabetes" publication for templates you can use.
- Plan ahead....a whole semester ahead if possible.
- Know what to ask for i.e. all your testing equipment, bathroom breaks, extended breaks, snacks, etc. (The "Tools You Can Use" article listed below can help with this)