Assessment for SAT / ACT accomodations

Shiro Perera Torquato, Ph.D. , Licensed Clinical Psychologist, License # PSY14840

Phone: (805) 527-4146


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Many high school students who are intelligent still struggle academically for various reasons. Others may be very good students and earn good grades, because they spend an excessive amount of time studying and doing homework every night, more so than their friends. Then in their Junior year of high school they begin to think about the college entrance exams, such as the SAT or the ACT. If your student has taken one of these long, standardized tests and earned a low score, because they did not have enough time or became anxious or distracted, they may qualify for accommodations to re-take the test. Many students have improved their scores significantly with these accommodations. This may also allow them accommodations in their college classes.

Dr. Torquato follows the guidelines specified by various two-year community colleges and public and private four-year universities, including Moorpark College, the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. She assesses students and provides documentation for learning disabilities, attentional disorders, psychiatric conditions or processing problems. Some students, who were previously diagnosed with a Specific Learning Disability, ADD/ADHD or other learning/processing issue and have received services or accommodations through their schools, may also qualify for accommodations to take the SAT or ACT. However, the companies that administer the tests (ACT and College Board) require that testing be administered within the past 5 years. Some accommodations may include extended time for testing, additional breaks for students who become restless or experience test anxiety, fewer test items on a page or large print type, and taking the test on a computer.

So, if your student would benefit from and may qualify for accommodations to take the ACT or SAT, it could significantly improve their score on these college entrance exams. As a result it could greatly increase their chances of being accepted to the college of their choice. For further information about these services, please contact Dr. Torquato at (805) 527-4146 or


See Dr. Torquato's main page for psychological and educational assessment services, including

  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Educational Evaluations
  • Assessments for SAT accommodations
  • Diagnostic Testing of Children, Adolescents and Adults for:
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
    • Autism / Asperger's Syndrome
    • Developmental Delays
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Depression/Anxiety/Emotional Problems
    • Aggression/Behavior Problems

You can also read more about Dr. Torquato on her website