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Special accommodations

Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request. Examinees who have a documented disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, or a scheduling conflict due to a religious Sabbath or a military appointment may request special accommodations. You must indicate any need for accommodations during the registration process.

If requesting accommodations for pencil-and-paper exams, all requests, appeals, and supporting documentation must be received by 3:00 p.m. EDT on September 3.

If you have questions about the process, please contact us at accommodations@ncees.org.

FAQs

  • Does NCEES provide special accommodations for examinees?

    Special accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request. Examinees who have a documented disability covered under the ADA or a scheduling conflict due to a religious Sabbath or a military appointment may request special accommodations.

  • Where can I learn about the criteria and required documentation for special accommodations?

    Please visit Paradigm Testing for detailed information on requests for ADA accommodations. Learn more about Military accommodations or Religious accommodations.

    Email questions related to the accommodations process to NCEES at accommodations@ncees.org.

  • What is an ADA exam accommodation?

    Test accommodations are adaptations to the manner in which an exam is administered. They are intended to help ensure that the test measures what it is designed to measure without inappropriately reflecting the negative effects of a person’s disability. The purpose of test accommodations is to enable examinees to test in an accessible place and manner—not to guarantee improved performance, a passing score, test completion, or any other specific outcome.

    The need for test accommodations is individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of diagnosis, all examinees seeking disability-related accommodations must provide evidence that their condition rises to the level of a disability, as well as information about the resulting functional limitations they experience. Simply demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not automatically mean that the person is disabled or entitled to test accommodations.

    It is also important to understand that accommodations must be appropriate to the particular setting. Extra time or a given auxiliary aid might be appropriate for a given individual in the classroom for example, but not be on a licensure exam.

  • What is a disability as defined by the ADA?

    Under the ADA, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits an individual’s ability to perform one or more major life activities, as compared with most people in the general population.

  • What types of ADA exam accommodations are available?

    Available accommodations include but are not limited to extra breaks, large print or braille format for paper exams, special seating, additional test time, and private testing room.

  • What is a military accommodation?

    If you or your spouse is currently serving as an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you request to take an exam in a state or territory different from the one in which you are applying for licensure.

  • What is a religious accommodation?

    Examinees may request to take a pencil-and-paper NCEES exam on an alternate date due to Sabbath observance.

  • Do I need to request accommodations if I am a nursing mother?

    If you are a nursing mother and wish to make a request for accommodations, such as a private room to express milk and/or extra time for breaks, indicate your need for ADA accommodations when you register for the exam. You will then receive a separate email from NCEES with instructions on how to continue. Next, email the details of your request and supporting documentation to accommodations@ncees.org. Do not register through Paradigm’s accommodations portal.

    Supporting documentation from your doctor or your child’s doctor should include the following:

    • Confirmation that you are a breastfeeding mother
    • Specific recommendations for accommodations (i.e., private room, number of breaks)

    The deadline to submit your request and provide supporting documentation for the October 2019 pencil-and-paper exam is September 3, 2019.

  • How do I request special accommodations for an NCEES exam?

    All examinees are asked if they would like to request special accommodations during the exam registration process. After registration is completed, examinees receive an email with instructions on how to complete and submit a request for special accommodations.

  • Can I add a request for special accommodations to an existing exam registration?

    No. Requests for special accommodations cannot be added to an existing exam registration.

  • How long will it take to process my request?

    The review process can take up to 30 days.