High Stakes Exams Testing
High-stakes exams are used primarily to help make decisions about admissions to certain programs, such as college, graduate school or private school. They can also impact grade promotion, graduation, and employment. Examples of these tests include:
Individuals who have diagnosed disabilities that significantly limit their ability to take tests may be eligible for accommodations or modifications on the exams under the Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act (ADAAA). CNLD Testing & Therapy provides high stakes exams testing accommodations in accordance with the ADAAA. If you’re in need to special accommodations for an upcoming exam, call (734) 994-9466 to learn more.
What Kinds of Accommodations Can I Expect with High Stakes Exams Testing?
The types of accommodations you may receive will vary based on your diagnosed condition and the high stakes exam you’ll be taking. As an example of how this might work: someone with a diagnosis of ADHD (or dyslexia, dysgraphia or anxiety disorder) may be eligible for any (or all) of the following:
- Extra Time for Test Taking
- Using an Alternative Answer Form (Computer, Paper, Scribe, etc.)
- High Stakes Exams Testing in a Quiet, Distraction-Free Environment
- Extra Breaks during the Exam
- Testing over a Longer Stretch of Time, Including Multiple Days
Accommodations such as these have to have a solid basis and necessity. Therefore, obtaining a diagnosis from a qualified professional often is required as part of the application process to help determine eligibility. CNLD Testing & Therapy offers psychological testing and neuropsychological testing to aide in these diagnosis requirements.
How to Obtain High Stakes Exam Accommodations
Most organizations mandate that the evaluation diagnosis needs to be no older than three years old, so keeping current with these requirements is an important part of the process. If you have an outdated diagnosis from several years ago, you may need a new assessment before the high stakes exam. The professionals at CNLD Testing & Therapy can assist you in this process by providing the necessary testing and report documentation.
Note that having a history of receiving accommodations in the classroom, obtaining a diagnosis of a disability or disorder from our clinic and/or getting recommendations for accommodations doesn’t automatically entitle you to accommodations in the future. The diagnosis must be associated with your current functional limitations. Testing organizations also are not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally would alter what the exam is intended to test. We can guide you through your options so you can be prepared for your high stakes exam.