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Exam Accommodations

ABOG offers accommodations for those in need due to disability in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or for those who are lactating and require a break during the Maintenance of Certification Year 6 exam. 


ABOG provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2013 (ADAAA) (collectively the ADA). Therefore, ABOG will provide or allow the use of necessary auxiliary aids, services, or testing conditions that do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the Board assessment program and examination is intended to test.


To request accommodations or for questions about accommodations, email moc@abog.org.


The ADA defines a person with a disability as someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, standing, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, or working.

The purpose of accommodations is to provide equal access to ABOG exams for all individuals.

Accommodations offset the identified functional limitation so that the impact of impairment is minimized by means of an auxiliary aid or an adjustment to the testing procedure. Functional limitation refers to the aspects of a disability that interfere with an individual's ability to function in some capacity on a regular and continuing basis.

ABOG will not exclude you from the Part III examination solely because of a disability if ABOG is provided with notice of the disability in time to permit ABOG to make such adjustments in the exam as are reasonably necessary to accommodate the disability.

You must provide sufficient documentation to permit ABOG to verify the existence, nature, and extent of the disability no fewer than 90 days prior to the date of the MOC Part III exam if special testing accommodations under the ADA are needed. This deadline is necessary in order to allow ABOG to request the required documentation, to review the records, and to verify the disability, if necessary.

Accommodations will only be considered with appropriate documentation. The documentation must specify the requirements or accommodations determined to be necessary to overcome or compensate for the disability.

In addition, you must supply any additional information ABOG may subsequently request in a timely manner.

The purpose of documentation is to validate that an applicant for test accommodations is a disabled individual as defined by the ADA and to provide guidance in determining effective accommodations.

Comprehensive information by a qualified professional is necessary to allow ABOG to understand the nature and extent of your disability and the resulting functional impairment that limits access to its exams. It is essential that your documentation provide a clear explanation for the functional impairment and a rationale for the requested accommodation.

You will not be offered an accommodation that would compromise the exam's ability to test accurately the skills and knowledge it purports to measure, and no auxiliary aid or service will be provided which will fundamentally alter the exam or will result in an undue burden to ABOG.

If any of the requirements cannot be reasonably provided, ABOG will notify you and will indicate those alternative accommodations which ABOG determines to be appropriate in consideration of the disability claimed and documented, and the integrity of the exam.

If you fail to notify ABOG of a disability 90 days before the exam and fail to achieve a passing grade, you may not appeal the results of the exam. You'll be entitled to sit for the next regularly scheduled written examination, but must pay a new application and examination fee.

If you claim that your exam results were adversely affected by illness, injury, or other temporary physical impairment at the time of the examination, you may not appeal the results of the exam. However, if you provide sufficient evidence of such illness, injury, or impairment, you will be entitled to sit for the next regularly scheduled written examination, but must pay a new application and examination fee.

If you are lactating, you may request a 30-minute break and extension of your examination.

  • You must notify the ABOG office no later than 90 days prior to the test and schedule at a Pearson VUE test center by the same date.
  • If requests are received less than 90 days before the exam, ABOG cannot guarantee that it will be possible to schedule an extended test.
  • Most Pearson VUE test centers have only one room that is available for breast pumping, so you're encouraged to make your reservations as soon as you receive approval for the test, as these rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.