𝗟𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗛𝗜𝗚𝗛-𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗞𝗘𝗦 𝗧𝗘𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗡𝗚:
High-stakes examinations, (i.e., GED, SSAT, ISEE, ACT SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT) are gateways to educational and employment opportunities. These tests often stand in between you and your desired educational and professional goals. Whether you’re seeking admission to a particular school or program or working towards obtaining a professional license or certification for a trade, a high-stakes examination is often required to get you to next step of your pursuit.
These exams can be rather complex and lengthy. For those with disabilities, they can be particularly different and may be a roadblock on the academic/professional journey. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that individuals with disabilities are able to fairly compete for and pursue their academic/professional goals by requiring testing entities to offer exams in an accessible manner to persons with disabilities. With appropriate accommodations approved, test-takers are given the opportunity to demonstrate their true abilities.
Under the ADA, an individual with a disability is “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (such as seeing, hearing, learning, reading, concentrating, or thinking) or a major bodily function (such as the neurological, endocrine, or digestive system).” In short, mental health conditions are also qualified as disabilities that qualify for testing accommodations.
To be approved for testing accommodations, test takers are required to provide documentation from a qualified professional who can speak to the test taker’s disability. This often includes a comprehensive face-to-face evaluation with the professional and a detailed report of such. Our office provides these services, and we are familiar with the requirements needed for each type of high-stakes evaluation.
If you feel you or your child are unable to perform to you/their full potential due to a mental health condition and are in need of accommodations to help even the playing field in these high stakes testing environments, then an evaluation may be right for you/your child.