Get Accommodations on Standardized Tests - even if you've been denied!
The guide will help you avoid common pitfalls in your accommodations application to a standardized testing board, such as the ACT, LSAT, MCAT, Bar Exam, etc. I'll share my extensive experience successfully getting accommodations, such as extended time, for high-achievers.
"Eleventh Hour" DisabilitiesTesting boards get hundreds of applications for extended time for every test sitting and they often don't have time to carefully review each application. Naturally, they tend to skim for what they consider red flags that can disqualify an applicant. One such red flag is a late diagnosis. Testing companies derisively term those late diagnoses as "eleventh hour" disabilities, ones that seem to have developed conveniently around college application time.
But the truth is that although some high-achievers have been disabled throughout their educational careers, nonetheless they have been able to coast through school because the work was not very challenging. Notwithstanding the timing, sometimes a legitimate anxiety or emotional disorder will develop in high school, college or later..
The best way to combat a denial in this situation is to provide the testing service with documentation (i.e., school records, evaluations, physician letters) proving that your child had symptoms for years, even if the symptoms were only recently diagnosed.
No Accommodation Plan in SchoolWhile it's certainly advantageous in this process to have a formal accommodation plan in school, there's no legal requirement to have one in order to qualify for accommodations on a standardized test. Some students get informal accommodations in school and if you document it, that should be sufficient to qualify test accommodations. So, if your child doesn't have a plan, don't think you're out of options.
ADHD Is Difficult to DocumentBecause there's no simple test for ADHD, and its symptoms can often be confused with other disorders, testing companies often look askance at applicants for accommodations whose only disability is ADHD. Anxiety, depression and certain types of learning disabilities can also be difficult to document, especially with high-achievers.
The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates that to be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a disability that "substantially limits" a major life activity, such as learning, reading or concentrating, as compared with the general population." Most applicants need a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation that demonstrates the extent to which a disability limits the student academically. Generally, that means that you need to show with numbers that the student's disability affects performance in certain areas, placing the student's performance at or below the 16th percentile.
How I Can HelpAfter helping you to assemble the records needed to prove that you're entitled under the law to accommodations, I'll present those records in a clear and concise way in* the context of the law.*The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates that to be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a disability that "substantially limits" a major life activity, such as learning, reading or concentrating, as compared with the general population." Fortunately, there's been lots of recent case law that supports accommodations for high achievers.* I also have connections at the testing boards who know and trust me and can help get your application reviewed quickly.
Contact me at [email protected] or at*Tel: (305) 663-9233