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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.

As a part of the registration process, you will have the opportunity to indicate your need for ADA exam accommodations. Select ADA from the drop-down list. You will be prompted to provide additional information.

Deadline

If requesting accommodations for pencil-and-paper exams, all requests and supporting documentation must be received by 3:00 p.m. EST on February 15, 2018.

While there isn’t a stated deadline for computer-based testing (CBT) exams, examinees taking CBT exams should account for up to an additional 30-day processing time when planning to take the exam. Examinees will not be authorized to schedule an appointment for testing until this process has been completed.

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.

Requesting test accommodations

Review the NCEES Examinee Guide carefully; it is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams. You must attest to having read the Guide before starting the exam registration process. Also, carefully review the NCEES Examinees with Disabilities Guide; it provides additional guidance on the requirements and the process for NCEES exam accommodations. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have the current versions of both guides.

Indicate your need for accommodations online when registering for an NCEES exam. You will receive a separate email with instructions on completing and submitting your request. Submission of an accommodation request does not guarantee that testing accommodations will be provided. NCEES will review your request and professional documentation to determine whether an accommodation may be granted.

Provide supporting documentation. Submit detailed and comprehensive documentation from a qualified medical or psychological professional. This documentation should describe the disability and the resulting functional limitations and explain the need for the requested accommodations. It must also include specific recommendations for accommodations deemed appropriate. Compare your documentation with the information included in this guide to ensure that your request is complete. Incomplete documentation may delay processing of your request. Handwritten documentation will not be accepted.

Supporting documentation

During the exam registration process, you will be able to indicate your need for ADA exam accommodation. Afterwards, you will receive a separate email with instructions on completing and submitting your request. You will then be required to submit medical and/or psychological documentation from a qualified professional in support of your request for ADA exam accommodations. Additionally, if you have received any other accommodations in the past, you should submit supporting documentation certifying prior accommodations.

NCEES recommends uploading your supporting documentation when making your request or submitting it promptly after completing your request, as additional information may be required. Supporting documentation can be submitted via fax, email, or regular mail to the attention of the NCEES Special Accommodations Coordinator at accommodations@ncees.org.

General guidelines for supporting documentation

Approval process

You should account for processing time when planning to take the exam. The review/approval process can take up to 30 days and will not begin until all required documentation has been received by NCEES. You will not be authorized to schedule an appointment for testing until this process has been completed. Requests for expedited reviews will not be processed.

Additional documentation may be required. If additional documentation is requested, you will be provided a written letter detailing what is insufficient. You may submit additional documentation; however, it may take up to an additional 30 days of processing time.

Once a decision has been reached regarding your request for accommodations, notification will be posted on your MyNCEES account.

If approved and are taking a CBT exam, you will need to contact Pearson VUE to schedule your exam. If taking a pencil-and-paper exam, you will receive information from your board or your board’s testing agent regarding the arrangements for your approved accommodations.

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