Why You Might Need Testing Accommodations
While physical disabilities like blindness and deafness come to mind easily as cases for testing accommodations, learning disabilities are also very common reasons for accommodations. One in 59 American children lives with at least one learning disability. The following are some of the most common learning disability:
This learning disability involves difficulty counting and doing mathematics.
One of the most popularly known learning disabilities, this disability involves reversing letters when reading and writing, making reading and writing quite difficult if not addressed.
This learning disability involves difficulties with visual perception: people with dysgraphia often have trouble writing and drawing but can perform substantially better on the computer.
There are far more than just these, but you get the idea.
The Kinds of Accommodations You Might Get
Now that we’ve seen some examples of the kinds of issues that can make you eligible for testing accommodations, let’s look at some examples of accommodations you might be offered:
Extended Test Time
You can request 25%, 50%, or 100% additional time for a standardized test.
If your disability wears you out mentally more quickly or requires you to take frequent breaks to get up, you can request additional breaks.
Accommodations for Computer-Delivered Tests
Especially good for people with visual impairments such as poor vision or color blindness, these accommodations can include greater magnification and color selection.
Usually only available at test centers, these accommodations can include the reading of instructions aloud for visually impaired test takers and sign language interpreters for deaf or hearing-impaired test takers.
Alternate Test Formats
For blind or visually impaired test takers especially, alternate test formats can be the difference between ability to take the test and exclusion. These can include Braille, large text, audible recordings, and more.