Do you or a loved one need accommodations for extended time on a standardized test?
Before a student is accepted into a university or graduate school of their choice, they must sit for the LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, GRE, or SAT and ACT, among others.
Standardized exams like these make a significant contributory factor to the admission process. If you have a learning disability, demonstrating all you know can be difficult, especially if you work slowly or have ADHD. This is why the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows for extra time on these tests. Extended time testing can vary from time and one half to double time.
We specialize in providing the complete testing for extended time on the SAT, GRE, GMAT etc. and the neuropsychological report that one can send into the board to receive the appropriate accommodations. If you have a diagnosis of Anxiety, ASD, ADD or ADHD, etc. and demonstrate significant difficulties in your life due to this disability, the various boards should provide you with accommodations.
We have been very successful in helping our clients demonstrate the need for extended time on the tests. We have a thorough understanding of both the College Boards requirements and the ADA laws which requires the College Board to provide accommodations.
We are unique in that we have Sunday hours and can often turn the report around in a week which will expedite the process for you of getting the necessary accommodations.
Here are links to the college board website on this subject.
Testing for Extended Time
What can you do prior to our evaluation in order to document a need for extended time?
Maintain excellent school records: report cards, IEPs, psychoeducational evaluations, and reports from teachers who have observed you or your child’s use and need for more time in the classroom. These will be essential to include in your evaluation. In addition to school reports, medical reports or letters from previous doctors or psychiatrists, indicating a diagnosis of ADHD or learning disability will be essential. If you received extended time on previous standardized tests, this documentation will also be very important to prove that your problems working quickly, are long standing, chronic and have not gone away.
As a student, you should understand and be able to explain in your own words how your disability leads to your need for more time. Be an advocate for yourself. Understand both your strengths and your needs. Have a learning specialist, educational specialist, school psychologist, or clinical psychologist review your diagnostic test scores with you so you know what they mean, and what kind of learner you are.
Contact us at 646-847-9722
Accommodations for School and Standardized Testing
Students with disabilities (usually determined through testing by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or physician) are often eligible for accommodations at school and/or during standardized testing.
Accommodations at school may include, but are not limited to:
- Decreased amounts of homework
- Additional time for completion of homework
- Changes in seating or school/testing environment
- Grouping by ability
- Organizational changes in the classroom and home
- Time management assistance in the classroom and home
- A “shadow” or one-on-one companion
- Ongoing feedback
- Permission for the child to provide oral responses, rather than written responses where appropriate to demonstrate comprehension
- Assistive technology, when available
For standardized testing, such as the PSAT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, or MCAT, the Special Accommodations may include, but are not limited to:
- Extended time during testing
- Use of a computer
- Accommodations for students with hearing impairments
- Extra or extended breaks
- Adjustments to the presentation of the test
- Modifications of allowable responses to the test
- Alterations in the timing and scheduling of the test
- Changes to the testing environment