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ADA exam accommodations

The NCEES examination program provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADA). Under 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.

The ADA accommodations request process is currently being updated. Examinees will be able to submit requests for accommodations on June 19, 2018. If you have questions about the process, please contact us at accommodations@ncees.org.

Types of accommodations provided

Available accommodations include but are not limited to the following:

  • Extra exam time
  • A separate exam room
  • A reader or recorder for individuals with mobility or vision impairments and who cannot read or write on their own

The goal of such accommodations is to ensure that the exam results of an individual with documented disabilities accurately reflect the individual’s aptitude or achievement level (or whatever other factor the exam purports to measure) rather than the individual’s impaired sensory, manual, or speaking skills (except where those skills are the factors that the test purports to measure).

The goal of NCEES is to provide all qualified examinees access to the testing program. This includes disabled examinees who demonstrate functional limitations that affect their ability to take the exam.

Comfort aids for CBT examinees

The test center will provide items included on the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List, such as earplugs, noise-canceling headphones, and tissues. These items do not require preapproval. Other comfort aids, such as braces (neck, back, ankle, etc.), hearing aids, eye drops, and mobility devices, will be allowed in the testing room upon visual inspection by test center staff. Test center staff will conduct the visual inspection by examining the item but will not physically touch you or the item and will not ask you to remove the item.

Any items that are not listed in the NCEES Examinee Guide must be requested as a testing accommodation and approved prior to scheduling your exam.