Special Accommodations FAQs

Does NCEES provide special accommodations for examinees?

NCEES provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended (ADA). 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. The goal of NCEES is to provide all qualified examinees access to the testing program.

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

The  NCEES Examinees with Disabilities Guide provides detailed information on requests for special accommodations. 

What is NCEES doing to comply with the recently published updates to the 2008 ADA Amendments Act?

NCEES is currently reviewing our processes to ensure we are in compliance with the final rules/implementation guidelines related to the 2008 ADA Amendments Act, which were published by the U.S. Department of Justice on August 11, 2016.  We will make any necessary updates and changes. In the meantime, please continue to provide your existing documentation when submitting your request for special accommodations. You will be contacted if there are any questions about your requests or the provided documentation.

What is an ADA exam accommodation?

The goal of an ADA exam accommodation 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 text purports to measure).

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.  Read More

What types of ADA exam accommodations are available?

Available accommodations include but are not limited to extra exam time, a separate exam room, and a reader or recorder for individuals with mobility or vision impairments.

What is a military accommodation?

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

What is a religious accommodation?

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

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.

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 and approval process can take up to 30 days and will not begin until NCEES has received all required documentation.

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