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Accommodation Testing for Entrance Exams 
  Dr. Taking ExamIf you or your child is preparing to take a standardized exam such as the SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, ISEE or GMAT, you know how high the stakes are and how enormous the stress levels are. These are high stakes exams and your future or the future of your child depends on the test scores.

If you (or your child) has been diagnosed with a condition which hinders your ability to perform on tests or in the classroom, you (or your child) may be eligible for extended time on these exams. In fact, individuals with a diagnosis of a learning disability, ADHD or a cognitive disorder such as slow information processing speed, you may be given time and a half or double the normal time to take the examination.

Please understand, however, to be considered for additional time (or other accommodations) these testing agencies and licensing boards have a complex set of requirements that you must provide. These requirements are different and more difficult than getting accommodations in public grade school. They require a current, comprehensive psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation in which specific required tests are administered, normed according to proper guidelines and reported in a format they specify. (For example, the MCAT has rather rigorous guidelines, more so than the SAT) The report must include specific information about your condition, current and past, and include developmental and academic histories. The report must also include evidence of the condition's significant impact on current and early major life activities. Unless these instructions (as well as others not listed here) are carefully followed, the professional report will likely be rejected by the testing agency and you will be denied accommodations....even if you have received accommodations in the past!

Students at SchoolAs you can imagine, a letter from your physician is not adequate. Your request for accommodations must be accompanied by the type of evaluation discussed above, with test scores provided. Because of the stringent requirements of these testing agencies, it is essential you go to a professional who has considerable expertise in this area, otherwise you may risk being rejected.

At PEAS, our psychologists and neuropsychologists have years of experience performing evaluations and have evaluated thousands of persons for accommodations.
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