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Test Accommodations

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors.  The health, safety, and welfare of the public is of paramount importance.  To that end, NCEES is committed to ensuring that the security, integrity, and validity of its examinations are not compromised.

Likewise, NCEES is committed to providing access to its programs and services to individuals with documented disabilities. A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, as compared with most people in the general population.

The following information is provided for examinees, evaluators, employers, and others involved in the process of documenting a request for test accommodations. We strongly advise examinees requesting test accommodations share this information with their evaluators, therapists, physicians, and other parties of interest so the appropriate documentation can be assembled to support requests for test accommodations.

What Are Test Accommodations?

Test accommodations are adaptations to the exam that can help ensure that the test measures what it is designed to measure, rather than the negative effects of a person’s disability. The purpose of test accommodations is to provide examinees with full access to the test – not to guarantee improved performance, a passing score, test completion, or any other specific outcome.

Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of diagnosis, all examinees seeking disability-related accommodations must provide evidence that their condition rises to the level of a disability and provide information about functional limitations in areas central to daily life.  Simply demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not automatically mean that the person is disabled or entitled to test accommodations.

It is also important for examinees to understand that accommodations must be appropriate to the particular task and setting involved.  While extra time might be appropriate for some people with disabilities in a classroom setting, extra time might not be appropriate on a licensure exam.

Typical accommodations on the exam may include:

  • Additional test time
  • Separate testing room

How to Apply

Read the Documentation Guidelines and be sure your evaluator has read them. Prepare your supporting evidence that conforms to the Guidelines.

Just because you have documentation of a diagnosed condition does not automatically mean that your documentation will meet our Guidelines. BE SURE to carefully read the Documentation Guidelines before submitting an accommodations request.

  1. All accommodation requests MUST include supporting evidence that you are disabled and require accommodations in order to access the exam.
  2. Please note that accommodation requests are reviewed by an independent, external expert, in order to ensure a fair, unbiased review of your situation.
  3. After you submit your request, wait for your request to be reviewed. Typically you will hear from us within 10 business days, unless your request is unusually complex (in which case we will keep you posted about the status of your request). Accommodation requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received.  In order to be fair to all examinees, we do not “expedite” requests.
  4. If your request is incomplete, meaning that it does not provide us with enough information so that we can make a decision, we will notify you of the specific types of documentation that are missing.
  5. After we have made a decision, if you are not satisfied you may appeal (see more below).
  6. During the NCEES exam registration process, you will be able to indicate your need for accommodations. After you have completed your registration, you will receive a separate email directing you to the secure Accommodations Request Portal if you are making a new request. First-time users must register.
  7. Submit your completed Accommodations Request Form and supporting documentation:

FIRST TIME USERS:  New User Registration    

RETURNING USERS:    Returning User Request Form   

Appealing an Accommodations Decision

You may appeal an accommodations decision if any of your requested accommodations were not approved.  Appeal requests are generally more effective if they include:

  • A specific reason for appeal
  • Additional documentation beyond what was included with your original request

How to Appeal

  1. Be sure both you and professionals working with you have read the Documentation Guidelines. Prepare your supporting evidence that conforms to these Guidelines.
  2. Include a personal statement explaining the rationale for your appeal and provide additional supporting documentation that addresses any documentation deficiencies or concerns we noted in our initial decision letter to you.
  3. Please note that appeal requests are reviewed by an independent, external expert, in order to ensure a fair, unbiased review of your situation.
  4. Submit your completed Accommodations Appeal Form and supporting documentation: Log back into the Accommodations Request Portal, HERE.
  5. Wait for your request to be reviewed.  Typically you will hear from us within 10 business days, unless your request is unusually complex (in which case we will keep you posted about the status of your request).

Additional Information

Documentation Guidelines

Decision-Making Principles

Privacy Policy for Accommodations Requests & Supporting Documentation

Information for Individuals Who Have Previously Been Approved for Accommodations