How to Request MCAT Accommodations In 3 Steps
Are you a student with a health condition or disability that limits your ability to complete standardized tests? MCAT accommodations can assist you in leveling the playing field. An MCAT exam is a fundamental part of the medical school application process since it greatly influences medical school acceptance rates.
Students with pre-existing health conditions may find the hard test-taking conditions—such as MCAT's time length—an additional challenge. As such, some third parties offer different MCAT accommodations to provide all students with an equal platform to perform well in the exam.
The process of applying for MCAT disability accommodation involves plenty of steps.
Unfortunately, this lengthy and complicated process can be confusing and time-consuming, especially if you are on a rushed medical school application time. Fortunately, with advanced planning—with the help of DoNotPay—the application becomes less of a burden. Here is how DoNotPay can help you with MCAT accommodations.
Testing Accommodations for MCAT
Preparing for medical school requires plenty of effort, from getting strong, attractive academic stats to having sufficient clinical experience and studying for the highly intimidating MCAT exam. If you have a condition that may hinder you from fully performing on standardized tests, it may be hard to prove your potential to medical schools via the MCAT exams.
The Americans with Disability Act mandates the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to offer MCAT accommodations to provide equal opportunities for students with disabilities, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and fit for medical school. When providing MCAT accommodation, AAMC's mission is to 'provide valid exams while maintaining level playing fields for all test takers.'
What Types of Conditions Qualify for MCAT Accommodations?
Examples of conditions that mostly qualify test takers for accommodation include:
- Physical impairment
- Sensory impairment
- Psychiatric condition
- Learning disability
- Temporary medical conditions necessitate adjustments to testing conditions such as a nursing mother or a broken limb.
The AAMC provides a list of items that doesn't need prior approval for the MCAT exam. These include;
- Insulin pumps
However, even if these resources don't address your condition, you may still qualify for the MCAT accommodation. You are still welcome to request MCAT accommodation even if your condition isn't on the list. The AAMC reviews all applications to ensure equal access to all test takers.
The most commonly requested and provided MCAT accommodations include:
- Pregnancy or nursing-related accommodations
- Allowing drinks and food into the testing room
- A separate testing environment
- Extended or additional breaks
- Extended test time.
How to Apply for MCAT Accommodations
To submit a complete MCAT accommodations application, you must acquire evaluations, statements, medical records, and transcripts. Once you submit the necessary evidence to support your needs for MCAT accommodations, your application receives holistic and comprehensive reviews.
Below is a step-by-step application process that you should follow to increase your chances of your application being considered.
- Know your deadlines. Understanding the review timeline and beginning the application process reasonably early helps you to maintain your preferred MCAT test date. It helps you avoid rescheduling.
- Open your MCAT accommodations online account. Using your AAMC ID, create your account on the MCAT Accommodations online system. Here, you may be asked to answer the following:
- Describe your history of getting accommodation for all the tests you've undertaken since elementary school.
- Describe all additional strategies, medications, or devices you use to manage your condition.
- Describe how these strategies are insufficient to help you manage your condition when sitting for the MCAT exams.
- Describe when, how, and by whom the condition has been documented previously.
- Write a personal statement explaining your need for the MCAT accommodations in-depth.
- Submit an updated evaluation of your diagnosis/ disability.
- Present supporting medical or academic documentation for your condition/
- Wait for the final decision on your application.
What Happens After the Application?
The AAMC takes up to 60 days to fully review your request for MCAT accommodations. Upon approval, you will receive a letter with instructions on scheduling your exam with the requested accommodations in place. Upon rejection, you may file an appeal. However, appeal and reconsideration applications take an extra 30 days to be reviewed.
Therefore, ensure you start the application process at least 120 days before your preferred test date. This is to allow sufficient time for the first application, its review, any possible appeal application, and its review, as well as time to prepare for the MCAT test.
Request MCAT Accommodations With DoNotPay
Unfortunately, doing this by yourself is hectic, time-consuming, and confusing. Fortunately, DoNotPay helps you apply for the MCAT disability accommodations in short easy steps listed below:
- 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.
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