ADA Blog


ADA Blog #25

Oh my...another test!

I still have nightmares remembering all those tests I took years ago in order to receive my professional license. Under somewhat optimal testing conditions, the slightest thing distracted my concentration. The limited amount of time given to finish the never-ending multi-part sections increased the stress and error rate beyond belief.

For people with disabilities, the stress level is magnified when agencies request endless documentation of disability and ignore requests for “reasonable accommodation.” Demands for unnecessary or redundant documentation, burdensome and expensive repeated professional evaluations, or irrelevant evaluative testing unrelated to the ability to demonstrate one’s knowledge or skills on an examination prevents individuals with appropriately documented disabilities from pursuing their chosen professions.

A Yale Medical School student, because of his dyslexia (a reading disability), will now have the opportunity to take the take the USMLE under an agreement with the Justice Department. He will be given the reasonable testing accommodations of double the standard testing time and a separate testing area to take the USMLE in order to demonstrate his knowledge and ability.
Companies that require testing, including job applicants seeking employment in their company, should review their policies and procedures to make sure they only request documentation about the existence of disability and how it limits the applicant’s ability to take the test under standard conditions. Then it’s recommended that you talk with the applicant about possible test accommodations that can be provided in order to demonstrate his or her ability and achievement level without compromising the integrity of the test.


This information should not be construed as "legal advice" for a particular set of facts or circumstances.  It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject.  Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.