Get answers to your questions about who should apply for accommodations, documentation requirements, and when and how to apply.
I have been approved for accommodations on the MCAT exam. Can I use my approval for the AAMC SJT exam?
Approved MCAT accommodations may be applicable to the AAMC SJT exam. We will need you to submit the Application for AAMC SJT Accommodations to email@example.com. We will complete the review of your application with 30 days. Please refer to Review Cycles & Important Dates to determine the date by which you submit your application.
When should I apply for accommodations?
Most Initial and Extension applications for accommodations will be reviewed within 60 days of submission of a complete application. If you already have an approval for MCAT accommodations and are not requesting accommodations that differ from your MCAT accommodations approval, the review will be completed within 15 days. Reconsiderations, and Appeals will generally be reviewed within 30 days of submission of a complete application. Please refer to Review Cycles & Important Dates to determine the date by which you submit your application.
How do I know if I need accommodated testing?
We encourage you first to read about the Exam Testing Conditions and the list of Items Not Requiring Prior Approval. If you have a request for accommodations not covered by the information provided on those pages, then you should submit an Application for AAMC SJT Accommodations. Additionally, you should review the exam security requirements, which will explain what items are prohibited during the exam. If your disability or medical condition requires the use of an item that is otherwise prohibited, you must submit an Application for AAMC SJT Accommodations. When in doubt, it is better to submit an application as early as possible so that we can consider your request before the deadline. If you have any questions, contact us immediately by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What types of conditions or impairments might need to be accommodated?
Examples of conditions that may qualify for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) include, but are not limited to:
- Learning disabilities
- Psychiatric (e.g., depression, anxiety, etc.)
- Sensory impairments (i.e., vision or hearing impairment)
- Physical impairments (e.g., Crohn’s disease, pain due to a physical condition or injury, etc.)
Please note that not all disorders or conditions require testing accommodations. A determination regarding the need for accommodations on the AAMC SJT exam is based on a comprehensive review of all available documentation, including evidence of diagnosis, current impairment and associated functional limitations, particularly as they relate to the demands of the current AAMC SJT exam.
What kinds of accommodations are available?
Some examinees with disabilities may qualify for accommodations such as extended testing time. Individuals with physical conditions may need to stretch or engage in activities otherwise unpermitted during the exam. Individuals with visual impairments may need text enlargement.
Please note that these examples are not exhaustive and do not represent all the accommodations that may be available for the exam. You should submit a request for the accommodation(s) that you and your qualified professional believe are necessary for you to take the exam in an accessible manner.
It is important to remember that each request for accommodations is considered on an individual basis; examinees who are found to be eligible for accommodations are given the accommodations that are most appropriate for their individual needs.
Who can perform the evaluations that are required for documenting a disability?
The AAMC requires that evaluations be performed by a qualified professional in the area of disability or impairment for which you are seeking accommodations. The professional should have comprehensive training and experience in the assessment and diagnosis of the disability or impairment in question. Simply having a particular degree or license does not necessarily mean that the professional has the training and experience in the appropriate area that is required for your assessment. Qualified professionals/evaluators should act in accordance with relevant state board regulations and laws that may be applicable to them in their practice. Please note that qualified professionals/evaluators should be independent (i.e., not relatives or employers of the applicant, even if otherwise qualified) and should have personally evaluated you.
Please keep in mind that the most appropriate professional to evaluate your current functional limitations may not be in the area of your diagnosis. For example, if your visual disability results in an impairment affecting your ability to read (e.g., you read slowly), your documentation should include an objective assessment of your reading abilities performed by a professional with training and expertise in that area rather than an optometrist or ophthalmologist. As another example, you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury that results in an impairment in your physical functioning (e.g., increased fatigue or headaches when working for prolonged periods) as well as an impairment in your cognitive functioning (e.g., slowed cognitive processing). In this case, a qualified medical professional would evaluate your physical functioning while a professional with training and expertise in the assessment of cognitive functioning (e.g., neuropsychologist) should evaluate the impact of your injury on your cognitive functioning.
In the case of learning disabilities, ADHD, and psychiatric disorders, an individual is deemed qualified if he/she has had extensive graduate level training in the area of assessment in question (e.g., LD, ADHD, psychiatric/psychological disorders, etc.). This includes training and experience not only in the administration of psychological and psychoeducational tests but also the interpretation of those tests and the identification of the disability and impairment in question. Very often this person will be a doctoral level psychologist or neuropsychologist, although a doctoral degree is not necessarily required to be considered a qualified professional. If the individual completing the evaluation is not an independent, licensed clinician/professional (e.g., graduate student clinician), a copy of the supervising clinician’s/professional’s vita should be submitted for review with the evaluation. Some examinees with disabilities may qualify for accommodations such as extended time or stop-the-clock breaks. Individuals with physical or mobility impairments may need accommodations such as an adjustable-height workstation or a different kind of mouse. Individuals with visual impairments may need text enlargement. It is important to remember that each request for accommodations is reviewed on an individual basis, and examinees who are found to be eligible for accommodations are given the accommodations that are most appropriate for their individual needs. If you have a disability or medical condition that you believe requires an adjustment to standard testing conditions, we encourage you to apply for accommodations.
If I have a non-expired MCAT approval, can I apply for different accommodations on the SJT exam?
Requests for additional accommodations beyond those currently approved for the MCAT exam will require a review period of 60 days and submission of supporting documentation with your application.