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ASSISTANCE WITH PRAXIS TEST

Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is committed to providing reasonable testing accommodations for candidates with documented disabilities or health-related needs, as recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA).

Documentation Criteria

Documentation on file for the applicant must:

  • Be typed or printed on official letterhead and be signed by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis (include information about license or certification and area of specialization).
  • Clearly state the diagnosed disability or disabilities.
  • Describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability or disabilities.
  • Be current — i.e., completed within the:
    a. last five years for learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID)
    b. last 12 months for psychiatric disabilities
  • Note: This requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature.)
  • Include complete educational, developmental and medical history relevant to the disability for which testing accommodations are being requested.
  • Include a list of all test instruments used in the evaluation report and relevant subtest scores used to document the stated disability; all test instruments must have adult norms. (This requirement does not apply to physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature.)
  • Describe the specific accommodations requested.
  • Adequately support each of the requested testing accommodation(s).
POLICY STATEMENTS FOR SPECIFIC DISABILITIES

Policy Statements for Specific Disabilities

1. Learning Disabilities
2. Physical Disabilities and Health-Related Conditions
3. ADHD
4. Autism Spectrum Disorder
5. Psychiatric Disabilities
6. Traumatic Brain Injury
7. Blind, Legally Blind or Low Vision
8. Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Insufficient Documentation

Requests for accommodations may not be approved if documentation does not conform to ETS’s documentation criteria.

Reasons Why Documentation Is Deemed Insufficient by ETS

The following is a list of some common reasons why disability documentation is deemed insufficient by ETS.
1. The current functional limitations are missing from the report. Specifically, the documentation fails to show the impact of the disability on a major life activity.
2. The report is limited in scope and content:

  • Documentation may be primarily based on an IEP or 504 Plan from high school. Scores may be missing from the report.
  • The diagnosis is based on a screening test, or the report presents a single subtest score from the WAIS-IV or the Woodcock-Johnson III that is discordantly low compared with the other subtests in the battery.

3. The documentation does not establish that there is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It contains no clear statement of a diagnosis consistent with DSM-IV-TR or ICD-10.
4. There is an insufficient description of history of a disability (e.g., childhood through college) and how it relates to current problems with academic performance or employment.

5. The rationale for requested accommodations is lacking, even though a diagnosed disability exists.
6. Accommodations recommended by the evaluator appear to be too sweeping and either over-accommodate the test taker or are based on preferences rather than disability-driven reasons.
7. There is no accommodation history for a particular accommodation being requested and no compelling rationale as to why it is needed now.
8. Documentation does not conform to ETS recency criteria for LD, ADHD or physical and psychiatric disabilities.
9. The impact of the disorder appears to be more a relative weakness than a disability that is substantially limiting.
10. It appears that the disability does not affect the client in multiple settings.

Registration Procedures

  • All test takers requesting any accommodations must register through ETS Disability Services and have their accommodations approved before their test can be scheduled.
  • Test takers requesting accommodations cannot register using the online registration system.
  • Your request should be mailed or emailed as early as possible, especially if you are requesting an alternate test format.
  • Documentation review takes approximately six weeks once your request and complete paperwork have been received. If additional documentation must be submitted, it can be another six weeks from the time the new documentation is received until the review is complete.

How to Register

  • Review Information Bulletin
  • Complete the Test Authorization Voucher Request
  • Review the bulletin Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities
  • Submit all forms, documentation and test fees to ETS Disability Services as early as possible, especially if you are requesting an alternate test format. If you prefer to pay online, do not send your payment. You can pay online after your accommodation has been approved.
  • Documentation review takes approximately six weeks once your request and complete paperwork have been received. If additional documentation must be submitted, it can be another six weeks from the time the new documentation is received until the review is complete.
  • Wait for your authorization letter, which will include important scheduling information.
  • Once you receive your authorization letter, schedule your test. Be prepared to provide the authorization/voucher number and the information contained in the letter.

Submitting Requests by Mail or Courier Services

To submit a request for accommodations by mail or courier service, send all completed forms and documentation to:

Mail:
ETS Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054 USA

Courier Service:
ETS Disability Services
225 Phillips Boulevard
Ewing, NJ 08628-1426 USA

Instructions for Submitting Requests via Email

Important Note: If you email your documents, do not include credit card information on your registration form. Once your application has been received, you will be sent an email with instructions regarding payment.

To submit your request via email, follow these steps.

  • Download and print the appropriate registration form for your program
  • Download the Bulletin Supplement and print the Testing Accommodations Request Form (pages 14–21) Bulletin Supplement
  • Complete all documents
  • Scan the registration form, the testing accommodations request form, and disability documentation (if required)
  • Attach all documents to your email message.
  • Send email to disability.reg.@ets.org

ETS Disability Services Contact Information

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET
Phone: 1-609-771-7780
Fax: 1-609-771-7165

ETS Common Testing Accommodations

1. Extended Testing Time

  • 50 percent (time and one-half)
  • 100 percent (double time)

2. Extra Breaks

  • Breaks are not included in testing time (can be used for medication, snacks, trips to the restroom, etc.)

3. Accommodations for Computer delivered Tests only

  • Ergonomic keyboard
  • Keyboard with touchpad
  • Screen magnification
  • Selectable background and foreground colors
  • Trackball

4.Assistance

5. Assistance for Spoken Directions Only

  • Oral interpreter or sign language interpreter (only applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing)
  • Printed copy of spoken directions (for paper-delivered tests only)

6.Assistance for Note Taking

  • For applicants who are blind or have low vision:
    a. Braille slate and stylus
    b. Perkins brailler

ETS Alternate Test Formats

1. For all testing programs

  • Braille (only applicants who are blind or have low vision)
  • Large-print test book
  • Large-print answer sheet
  • Recorded audio (audiocassette for GRE revised General Test )

2. For GRE revised General Test

  • For applicants who are blind or have low vision:
    a. Recorded audio with tactile figure supplement
    b. Recorded audio with large-print figure supplement

3. For GRE revised General Test in United States only

  • For applicants who are blind or have low vision:
    a. Computer-voiced with tactile figure supplement
    b. Computer-voiced with large-print figure supplement

4. For TOEFL iBT® Test only

  • Listening section omitted (only applicants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
  • Speaking section omitted (only applicants who are deaf or hard- of-hearing or who have speech disabilities)
  • Extended time for spoken responses (only applicants who have speech disabilities)