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  • ADS is not responsible for establishing eligibility for testing accommodations for students wishing to complete Graduate School Admissions Exams (GRE, LSTAT, MCAT etc.) or for Career Licensure Exams (PRAXIS etc.).
  • The testing company determines if students are eligible to receive testing accommodations.
  • The accommodation request process can take six (6) weeks or more for final approval.
  • You will need to plan early.

Getting Started

  1. Schedule a consultation meeting with the ADS Office to discuss which entrance exams you are required to complete. ADS will also review your disability documentation on file in ADS.
  2. Visit the Educational Testing Service website, to learn more about the Educational Testing Service (ETS) policies and procedures. This website is for students completing the GRE, PRAXIS, TOEFL or School Leadership Series Assessment.

Reviewing Your Documentation

  1. Confirm that your documentation meets ETS standards and criteria for eligibility.
    Review the documentation criteria relative to your specific disability on the ETS website:
     
  2. Reasons Why Documentation is Deemed Insufficient by ETS
  3. Update Your Documentation
  4. If your documentation does not meet ETS criteria, you must obtain updated testing in order to receive accommodations on one of their exams.

Please be aware, it may take four (4) to six (6) weeks to obtain an appointment with your evaluator and complete the necessary updates.

Role of ADS in Request for Testing Accommodations

What We Can Do

Complete the Certification of Eligibility (COE): Accommodations History, Purpose and Process

  1. ADS staff can only complete this form for certain types of disabilities (LD, ADHD) requesting time and one half (50%) extended time and/or additional breaks
  2. ADS can only sign COE form if: Documentation on file meets all of ETS documentation criteria for LD/ADHD
  3. Student is currently using the accommodation(s) in college courses
  4. If ADS is unable to sign the COE or the student is asking for additional accommodations, the student must submit updated documentation to ETS instead of the COE.
  5. ADS may provide counsel to students during their application process. Some students find it helpful to review their testing accommodations application with ADS staff to ensure that they have provided all necessary information according to the ETS policies and procedures.


What We Cannot Do

  1. ADS is not involved in the accommodations approval process.
    • Accommodations granted by ETS may or may not be the same as UMD DSS accommodations.
  2. ADS cannot submit or request accommodations on behalf of a student.
    • Students wishing to receive accommodations must complete all application materials independently from ADS.

Applying For Testing Accommodations

  1. Review the ETS Information and Registration Bulletin
  2. Determine Testing Format
    • Computer based versus paper based
  3. Complete the Registration Form
  4. Complete the Testing Accommodations Request Form (included in Bulletin links above)
    • Applicant Information
    • Accommodations Requested
    • Certification of Eligibility: Accommodations History (COE)
  5. Obtain Disability Documentation
    • Review ETS policies and criteria on documentation related to type of disability, age of diagnosis/documentation and types of accommodations being requested.
  6. Submit Your Request Forms to ETS
    • Incomplete applications will delay the processing of your request.
    • Request can take six (6) weeks or more to determine eligibility
    • Exams cannot be scheduled until ETS reviews your application
  7. Submitting Request Materials to ETS
    • Forms to include
      • Registration Form
      • Testing Accommodation Request Form
      • Disability Documentation (if applicable)
      • Certification of Eligibility (if applicable)
      • Appropriate Testing Fee
    • Mailing Address:
      ETS Disability Services
      PO Box 6054
      Princeton, NJ 08541-6054
    • Courier Service:
      ETS Disability Services
      225 Phillips Boulevard
      Ewing, NJ 08628-1426

How to Schedule Your Exam Once Accommodations Have Been Approved

ETS will contact you directly confirming your accommodations and providing directions for registering for your test. You cannot register for a test date without this information.

Frequently Asked Questions – ETS Policies and Procedures

ETS Disability Services Contact Information

Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. ET

Phone
1-866-387-8602: Toll free in the United States, U.S. Territories and Canada
1-609-771-7780: All other locations

Fax
1-609-771-7165

Email
stassd@ets.org

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

Note: Examinees who are blind or legally blind can contact ETS by phone for their test scores.

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is administered by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), a non-profit corporation that provides a number of services to facilitate the admissions process for law school applicants. They are committed to ensuring equal access to the LSAT by providing testing accommodations to test takers with documented disabilities. Visit the Accommodated Testing website for specific directions on registering for the LSAT and applying for accommodations.

Based on your circumstances, you might be required to submit “Evidence of Disability.” If so, please be aware that ADS counselors are not considered “qualified professionals” as defined by the LSAC and therefore may not be eligible to complete this form for you. The LSAC defines a qualified professional as “a person who is licensed or otherwise properly credentialed and possesses expertise in the disability for which modifications or accommodations are sought.”

If you need assistance completing your application, require a letter confirming your use of accommodation in college or just wish to consult with a ADS staff prior to submission, please contact the ADS at (301) 314-7682 or adsfrontdesk@umd.edu to schedule an appointment with a ADS counselor.

The MCAT is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). AAMC is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. It is committed to ensuring that all test takers have an equal opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on the MCAT. If you have a disability that requires an adjustment to standardized testing conditions, you are encouraged to apply for accommodated testing on the MCAT.

The AAMC provides all the information that test takers with disabilities need to apply for test accommodations. Visit the MCAT Exam with Accommodations website to see the step-by-step process for preparing your application for accommodations.

If you need assistance completing your application, require a letter confirming your use of accommodation in college or just wish to consult with a ADS staff prior to submission, please contact the ADS at 301-314-7682 or adsfrontdesk@umd.edu to schedule an appointment with a ADS counselor.

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