Testing Accommodations for High Stakes Exams


High-stakes exams are tests used primarily to help make decisions about admissions to certain programs. Some examples of these tests include the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT. In cases where an individual is found to have a disability that is associated with significant functional limitations that interferes with his/her ability to take tests, eligibility may be available for accommodations under the Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act (ADAAA). For example, individuals with an attention disorder, learning disability or anxiety disorder may be found eligible for the following: extended time on standardized tests, a testing environment with reduced distractions or multiple breaks within the testing period. In many cases, a recent and comprehensive evaluation is required as part of the application process to help determine a person’s eligibility for these accommodations.

Our staff can assist you in this process by providing the necessary information from your assessment. However, it is important to keep in mind that neither a diagnosis of a disability, a previous history of classroom accommodations, nor recommendations for testing accommodations automatically lead to accommodations on standardized tests.