Accommodations for Testing

Posted On August 18, 2017
Categories 2017 News Archived

Accommodations for Graduate Level Standardized Tests

In order to apply for admission into a graduate program, an individual must complete the appropriate graduate level examination. An individual’s career and academic interest determines which test(s) he or she needs to complete prior to admission. All national testing services are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide information and accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Accommodations for these standardized tests are arranged directly by the testing agencies. The most common standardized tests that students may be required to take include GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT (see the table below for explanations of each of these tests).

To request testing accommodations, individuals with disabilities must demonstrate self-advocacy and prepare all their documentation prior to the examination in order to receive accommodations. This means these individuals must utilize their time management and organization skills to be successful in setting up their accommodations for the test. However, the staff at Disability Services can guide registered students towards resources and explain the steps that they must take to request accommodations.

All of the tests listed below request that documentation is submitted six weeks prior to the selected test date to ensure enough time for processing of requests and approval of accommodations.

GRE: Graduation Record Examination
An assessment of your writing, critical thinking, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning skills that is typically required for admission to graduate school.

  • Computer-delivered or paper-delivered
  • Timed test (Each section ranges from 35-40 minutes)
  • Three sections: Analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning
  • Additional sections may appear, but will not be scored (used for research)

GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test
Business graduate programs use this assessment to predict your success prior to admission.

  • Computer delivered exam
  • 3.5 hour exam
  • Four sections: analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative and verbal

LSAT: Law School Admission Test
This assessment plays a critical role in the law school admission process. It assesses applicants’ reading and verbal reasoning skills.

  • Paper-delivered exam
  • Five 35-minute sections (reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and two logical reasoning)
  • A 35-minute writing sample is given at the end of the test, but will be unscored and copies will be sent to all law schools that you apply

MEDCAT: Medical College Admission Test
Medical schools use this computer based test to give applicants a common score on the same test.

  • Computer delivered
  • 7 hours and 30 minutes
  • Four sections: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

The GRE and GMAT are both administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Other tests provided by ETS include the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (PRAXIS). To register for any tests provided by ETS, students must go to ETS Home to begin the process. ETS provides detailed instructions on how to apply for accommodations and where to send the required documents on the registration for ETS page. In addition, ETS also provides a list of available accommodations for their tests; this list is very extensive and helpful. Students can review the list of available accommodations to get an idea of the types of accommodations that may be requested.

The LSAT is administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). To register for the LSAT, students must go to LSAC Home and create a username underneath prospective students to get started. Similar to ETS, LSAC provides extensive information for individuals with disabilities including policies, required documentation, and how to apply for accommodations. To access information about accommodations for the LSAT, students must visit the LSAT accommodations page.

The MCAT is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Test takers must visit the MCAT registration page to register for the test. AAMC provides detailed information about preparing, submitting, and receiving accommodations on the MCAT accommodations page. Students will need to log in to their AAMC account to check the status of their accommodations application and to find out if their request has been approved.

By being aware that all testing agencies provide accommodations for test takers and by having knowledge of the steps that need to be taken, students can ensure that they can start the process for requesting accommodations in a timely manner. Receiving the testing accommodations that they need can help them demonstrate their knowledge and abilities fully on the test.