Pearson, the company that administers the PCAT exam, offers accommodations for those with disabilities under the ADA. There are no additional costs associated with these accommodations, but there is additional paperwork.
Applying for Accommodations
What you will need to provide
When registering for your PCAT, you will need to indicate that you require an accommodation. You will then need to submit the required documentation for review. These documents can be sent via mail, email, or fax.
You will need:
- A signed HIPPA Consent Form
- A current letter from an appropriately licensed professional. This letter must be on professional letterhead with the title, address, and phone number of the professional. It will need to indicate how your limitation affects your ability to take the PCAT in its format and what accommodations you will require.
- (Optional) Additional documentation that identifies the disability and necessary accommodations
Where to send the documents
If you’re sending documents by:
fax: 1-800-727-0811 or 1-800-999-5941
mail: NCS Pearson, Inc
PCAT Customer Relations
19500 Bulverde Road
San Antonio, TX 78259
When to send the documents
It can take up to 60 days for the accommodations request to process, so it is highly suggested that you get all of your documentation in by the “Register and Schedule By” deadline for your testing window. They should be received no later than the “Late Register and Schedule By” deadline.
If your request is denied for some reason, you can appeal the decision. You will need to request an appeal by emailing Scoring.Services@Pearson.com within 7 business day of receiving notification of the decision. You will receive a new decision within about two weeks.
You can take a look at the “Accommodations for Candidates With Disabilities” document here. For more detailed information on the required documents and a printable copy of the HIPPA Consent Form, click here.
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