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Who is eligible to receive test accommodations?

You may be eligible to receive test accommodations if you have a physical or learning disability. To determine your eligibility, see the guidelines for:

How do I request test accommodations?

You must submit a Test Accommodation Request by the application deadline. (The NBCE must receive your request by the deadline.) You will also be required to submit a disability report and an NBCE Evaluator Review the first time you apply for test accommodations.

Do I have to request accommodations every time I take an exam, even though I was approved in the past?

Yes, you will need to fill out portions of the Test Accommodation Request every time you take an NBCE exam. The first time you apply for test accommodations, you must also submit a disability report and an NBCE Evaluator Review. If you are requesting new or additional accommodations, you must submit a disability report and an NBCE Evaluator Review with your Test Accommodation Request.

What is a disability report?

A disability report is a comprehensive assessment of your condition provided by a qualified examiner. The NBCE requires certain components to be present, depending on the diagnosis. For example, the NBCE could require normed achievement testing or academic skills testing be included with the report. Please see the Guidelines for Acceptable Documentation inside the brochure for:

When should I apply for test accommodations?

We suggest submitting your request as soon as possible, especially the first time you apply for accommodations. If you would like to receive test accommodations for a certain administration, the NBCE must receive your request by the application deadline for that administration. NBCE review processes take several days; by submitting your request early, you may have time to request reconsideration if your request is denied.

I was denied test accommodations, what can I do?

The NBCE reviews all test accommodation requests on an individual basis and grants appropriate accommodations, if approved. If the NBCE denies your request, you will be notified by e-mail as soon as possible. To determine your eligibility, see the guidelines for more information.

I have a temporary injury that may affect my ability to take an exam. Can I receive test accommodations?

If you have a temporary physical limitation (such as for a broken limb) you do not qualify for test accommodations, but we may be able to provide a courtesy that will address your concerns. Please see the guidelines for more information.