How to Request AAMC Testing Accommodations
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming healthcare through groundbreaking research, top-notch patient care, and innovative medical education.
AAMC is also responsible for evaluating all student residents during their learning, research, and assessment. AAMC offers equal opportunities to all students and testing accommodations to students with physical disabilities.
Each student request for testing accommodation is reviewed and cross-examined by the AAMC body before granting the accommodations. DoNotPay helps you request AAMC testing accommodation in a faster and simpler way and get a response within a short waiting period.
What Are AAMC Accommodations?
AAMC gives all students equal chances to exhibit their best capacity on the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) regardless of their physical differences.
AAMC offers students with disability alterations of the assessment conditions according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to be on level ground with students with any physical mutations. Students with physical or mental impairments that limit them from primary bodily functions or performing essential life activities are classified as disabled according to the Americans with Disability Act(ADA).
To offer disabled students a chance for fair competition, AAMC reviews the physical limitations the student is facing and the demand of the task at hand to decide if the student deserves the testing accommodation. AAMC will only grant you testing accommodation when sufficient evidence supports your case.
Types of Testing Accommodations Offered by AAMC
There are five types of accommodations you can apply to AAMC. The type of application you submit depends on where you are on the application cycle. Here is a breakdown of the five types of AAMC testing accommodation applications:
An initial accommodation application is your first-ever request for test accommodation. You must go through this step to apply for the subsequent applications.
If your last application was more than 5 years ago, you might be asked to start with the initial application again and provide updated documents. AAMC takes up to 60 days to review your application before they can make the decision to grant or reject it.
If your initial application did not go through, you could initiate a reconsideration application for your initial application to be reviewed. Upload more supporting documents while re-submitting your initial application. The 60-day processing period will restart automatically.
Additionally, if you were granted accommodation on your initial application but left some essential parts out, a reconsideration application is the best way to request a new accommodation feature.
An appeal request is where you ask AAMC to review your initial application without adding more supportive or substantially different documents. You can only appeal your accommodation application once, and the results are final; it is advisable to apply for reconsideration because there is room for options.
An extension application seeks to extend your previous approved accommodation. Extension application reviews take up to 30 days before approval. If you need additional accommodation, in addition to your initial application, a reconsideration application is the better option.
5. Incomplete Application
If AAMC feels like the information and documents you provide are not enough, your application will be labeled incomplete. An incomplete application is not denial, but you cannot appeal or apply for a reconsideration.
To get your application reviewed after an incomplete label, you need to initiate another initial application and add more information and supporting documents.
Documentation to Prepare for Testing Accommodation Requests
To make the accommodation application review easier, you should attach sufficient documents supporting your claims. Below are documents you should submit alongside your application:
- A Personal Statement describing your condition and the limitations you face
- History of accommodation
- A current comprehensive report and evaluation requirements for conditions such as:
- Brain injury
- Psychiatric disabilities
- Sensory disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Medical and academic supporting documents, including;
- Verification of previous accommodation
- Standardized test score reports
- Academic transcripts
- Supporting academic records
- Previous evaluations
Once you have the documents at hand, it’s time to reach out to AAMC.
How Do I Request AAMC Testing Accommodations?
The table below displays contact information you may need.
|Organization||Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)|
|Phone number||(202) 828-0600|
|Hours of operation||Monday through Friday, 9 am to 7 pm EST|
You should send all accommodation applications and supporting documents directly into the MCAT Accommodations online application system through the following process:
- Create an AAMC student ID.
- Log in to the accommodation application account and click on "Create Application”.
- Fill in the Personal Profile, Condition, and History sections.
- Upload all the supporting documents you have.
- Go over your application before submitting it.
If you have any inquiries, reach out to MCAT support through email. Once your application is reviewed successfully, you will receive an email. You can also track the evaluation process by signing in to your account.
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