New guidance on testing accommodations

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued new guidance on providing accommodations for testing, including standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. Read the guidance here (HTML format) or here (PDF format). It discusses eligibility, required documentation, responding to requests, reporting test scores, and has a link to a best practices report.

Examples of covered exams include:

  • High school equivalency exams (such as the GED);
  • High school entrance exams (such as the SSAT or ISEE);
  • College entrance exams (such as the SAT or ACT);
  • Exams for admission to professional schools (such as the LSAT or MCAT);
  • Admissions exams for graduate schools (such as the GRE or GMAT); and
  • Licensing exams for trade purposes (such as cosmetology) or professional purposes (such as bar exams or medical licensing exams, including clinical assessments).

Examples of the wide range of testing accommodations that may be required include:

  • Braille or large-print exam booklets;
  • Screen reading technology;
  • Scribes to transfer answers to Scantron bubble sheets or record dictated notes and essays;
  • Extended time;
  • Wheelchair-accessible testing stations;
  • Distraction-free rooms;
  • Physical prompts (such as for individuals with hearing impairments); and
  • Permission to bring and take medications during the exam (for example, for individuals with diabetes who must monitor their blood sugar and administer insulin).

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