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Testing Accommodations

Test Accommodations

FSBPT is committed to providing full access to the NPTE to individuals with documented disabilities. FSBPT is also committed to ensuring that the security, integrity, and validity of the examination are not compromised. In order to ensure a fair and consistent process, Paradigm Testing, experts in the field of accessibility and disability services, has been contracted by FSBPT to review your accommodations request and supporting evidence, and to provide recommendations to FSBPT.

The following information is provided for candidates, evaluators, faculty, and others involved in the process of documenting a request for test accommodations. We strongly encourage candidates requesting test accommodations to share these guidelines with their evaluator and with therapists, physicians, and other parties of interest so the appropriate documentation can be assembled to support your request for test accommodations.

What are Test Accommodations?

FSBPT provides reasonable and appropriate test accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for test accommodations. Test accommodations are designed to help ensure that the test measures what it purports to measure, rather than the negative effects of the disabling condition. The purpose of test accommodations is to provide candidates 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. Consequently, no single type of test accommodation (e.g., extra time) would necessarily be appropriate for all individuals with disabilities. Simply demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not mean that the person is automatically entitled to test accommodations.

Depending on the nature of your test, accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Additional test time
  • Reader and/or scribe
  • Separate testing room
  • Zoom Text
  • Screen Magnifier

What Test Accommodations are Right for Me?

Specific test accommodations must be related to functional limitations. For example, a functional limitation might be impaired mobility due to loss of a hand, which prevents the test-taker from writing, typing, and recording answers. The appropriate test accommodation might be to have the assistance of a human recorder/scribe. It is essential that the documentation of the disability provides a clear explanation of the current functional limitation(s) and a rationale for each requested test accommodation. You should work with your doctor or other professionals who know you to determine which test accommodations are appropriate for you.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Documentation Guidelines , and be sure your evaluator has read them. Prepare your supporting evidence that conforms to the Guidelines.
  2. Complete the Accommodations Request Form.
  3. Send your completed Accommodations Request Form and supporting documentation to FSBPT by email at accommodations@fsbpt.org or by fax to 703-739-9421.

Decision Timeline

Accommodations are reviewed in the order received. We do not “expedite” accommodation reviews, so be sure you have planned ahead. It is in your best interest to submit your request for test accommodations as early as possible.

After we have your complete accommodations request and supporting evidence, Paradigm internal experts will review your request, and on occasion, may consult with independent experts as well. Paradigm will then send their finding to FSBPT. FSBPT has the ultimate discretion to approve or deny accommodations decisions. Accommodations decisions are usually communicated to you within ten days of Paradigm’s receipt of your complete request. Please note that if your initial request is incomplete, this will delay the start of the ten-day review. If you have questions about your accommodations decision or the process for applying for accommodations, please contact FSBPT at accommodations@fsbpt.org.

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 the original request

How to File an Appeal

  1. Be sure both you and your evaluator have read the Documentation Guidelines . Prepare your supporting evidence that conforms to these Guidelines. Be sure you include a 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.
  2. Send your completed Accommodations Appeal Form and supporting documentation to FSBPT by email at accommodations@fsbpt.org or by fax to 703-739-9421
  3. Note that the ten-day review timeline applies to all accommodations requests, including appeal requests