How to Successfully Request ADA Testing Accommodations
If you or your child has a disability that makes standardized testing more difficult, you'll want to look into what ADA testing accommodations you're entitled to. Getting accommodations can be complicated. Testing accommodation policies vary depending on the testing company and the type of accommodations you need. Documentation requirements can be vague, which does allow people without a history of accommodations to get them for important tests, but it also means that there are no clear-cut requirements for what documents test centers need to accept.
DoNotPay can help make the process of requesting accommodations easier, so you can focus your time and energy on preparing for your exam. Here's what test takers should know about ADA testing accommodations.
What Testing Accommodations Does the ADA Require?
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that individuals with disabilities receive necessary and appropriate testing accommodations. The ADA defines a disability as a condition that limits a major life activity, such as:
The goal of testing accommodations is to make sure that a person's test scores accurately reflect their skills in the area being measured. For example, a test that measures how well test-takers can solve equations might allow a student with a learning disability to have a calculator as an accommodation. However, the same student would not be allowed to have a calculator on a test designed to measure mental computation skills.
What Types of ADA Testing Accommodations Are Available?
ADA testing accommodations vary depending on the test taker's disability and the test center’s capability in providing the said accommodations. They can be any reasonable measures that allow a disabled test taker to have an equal chance of success. Some common accommodations are:
- Braille or large print tests, or screen reading technology for blind or low vision test takers
- Extra testing time
- Wheelchair accessible testing sites
- Physical prompts for test-takers who are deaf or have limited hearing
- Permission to bring medication into the testing room
These are just examples. If you need a different accommodation that doesn't interfere with the skills being tested, it should be provided for you. You may reach out to ADA directly for more information:
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What Documents Do I Need for Testing Accommodations?
Testing centers should limit their requirements to the most narrow and limited documentation that proves the test taker's need for accommodations. These documents can include the following.
1. Past Accommodations
The ADA assumes that a student who needed a testing accommodation in the past will continue to need a similar accommodation throughout their life. For example, if you received extra time on the SAT and then go on to apply to medical school, you should be able to receive extra time on the MCAT based on your SAT accommodations. Test takers who have received either formal or informal accommodations for testing in school can use this as documentation of their needs as well.
2. Recommendations of a Qualified Professional
A qualified professional, like a doctor, therapist, or psychologist, can make recommendations for testing accommodations, particularly when they have personally evaluated the test taker. Testing sites should follow these recommendations where reasonable.
3. IEP or Section 504 Plan
If a student had formal educational accommodations that included testing, these accommodations should be carried over to future standardized tests.
A doctor or other medical professional can provide information about the diagnosed condition that causes the disability. This can show what the problem that needs to be accommodated is, and the doctor can include recommendations as well.
Getting testing accommodations is easiest when you've already gotten them in the past. This means that requesting accommodations will be the most difficult the first time you do it.
Easily Request Testing Accommodations With DoNotPay
If you or your child has had testing accommodations before, getting them for your next important test should be fairly straightforward. However, if it's your first time requesting accommodations or your needs have changed, you might find that putting together the documents you need to secure your accommodations is difficult.
Fortunately, DoNotPay provides a fast, easy and successful solution. With DoNotPay's testing accommodations product, all you need to do is give us some information about your disability and your testing plans, and we'll do the hard work for you.
Here's how it works:
- Search for testing accommodations on DoNotPay.
- Start our Request My Testing Accommodation product by telling us which test you intend to take.
- Answer some questions about your specific disability and testing plans.
That's all! DoNotPay will write a letter to the testing company that details your case for accommodations, including both ADA requirements and the company's own policies.
DoNotPay Works With All Tests and Conditions
DoNotPay can help you request accommodations because of any conditions you're struggling with and for any test you're planning to take. These include:
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To easily request testing accommodations according to ADA requirements, contact DoNotPay today.