Scheduling: Order of Subtests

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Scheduling accommodations can include reversing the order in which subtests are given. For instance, the student may begin with the math subtest rather than finish with it. Or, a longer subtest may be given first and a shorter subtest given later if this process does not invalidate the test.

Generally, students who require this accommodation should take the test in a separate setting so they do not distract other students and so they will not be distracted.


  1. Review a calendar to determine the schedule for the test.
  2. The key is to meet the student's needs while not interfering significantly with the test sequencing.
  3. Set the schedule and inform the student of it.
  4. Arrange for a secure area.

Changing the order of subtests may interfere with the flow of the test. For example, some tests are designed to start with less complicated questions and end with more complicated ones, so it is important to know what is being measured in any proposed switch. In addition, if the order is reversed, it is important to know district policy. For example, find out whether there are any potential security issues (e.g., the possibility that a student who takes a test early shares information about the test with classmates who have yet to take the test).

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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