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Religious accommodations

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


If requesting accommodations for April 2021 pencil-and-paper exams, all requests and supporting documentation must be received by 3:00 p.m. EST on March 4, 2021.

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.

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Requesting alternate test dates

During registration, you will be asked if you need special accommodations; answer yes. After registering, you will be sent an email with a link where you can indicate your religion and upload documentation. You must make the request for special accommodations each time you take an exam, even if you have been granted an alternate test date for a past exam. Applicants are encouraged to register for the exam as early as possible.

Supporting documentation

During the exam registration process, you will be able to request an alternate test date. You will then be required to submit supporting documentation from a religious official such as a priest, rabbi, or cleric. This documentation must

  • Confirm that you are a member of the denomination in question,
  • State that this denomination’s Sabbath takes place on the day of the scheduled exam,
  • Be submitted and signed on official letterhead by the religious official, and
  • Be dated within one year of the exam administration date.

You can upload the documentation after registering, when you indicate where you wish to sit, or send it directly to


You should periodically log in to your MyNCEES account to check the status of your request. The licensing board (or its agent) where your exam will be administered will notify you of any alternate test date granted.