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Accommodations for Candidate Disability

The following information applies across all subspecialties.

 

 

Notification Requirements - Email generalcert@abog.org with notifications and/or requests for accommodations or with any questions.


  • For the Qualifying Exam, you need to notify ABOG 90 days prior to the exam date and provide sufficient documentation with your request to permit us to verify the existence, nature, and extent of the disability.

 

  • For the Certifying Exam, notification of the need for special testing circumstances must be submitted in writing to ABOG 180 days prior to the exam date. 

 

  • These deadlines are necessary in order to allow ABOG to request the required documentation, to review the records, and to verify the disability, if necessary.


 

Candidate Disability


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) and, therefore, 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. You must indicate through the exam application if special testing accommodations under the ADA are needed.


Definition and Purpose


  • 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 examinations 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 your ability to function in some capacity on a regular and continuing basis.
  • ABOG shall not exclude any candidate from the Qualifying or Certifying Examination solely because of a disability if the ABOG is provided with notice of the disability in time to permit the ABOG to make such adjustments in the examination as are reasonably necessary to accommodate the disability.


Documentation Requirements


  • Accommodations for the Qualifying and Certifying Exams will only be considered with appropriate documentation.
  • For the Qualifying Exam, 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 exam date.
  • 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 that 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 the ABOG to understand the nature and extent of your disability and the resulting functional impairment that limits access to its examinations. It is essential that your documentation provides a clear explanation of the functional impairment and a rationale for the requested accommodation.

 

  • For the Certifying Exam, notification of the need for special testing circumstances must be submitted in writing to ABOG at least 180 days prior to the exam date. 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.


Limitations


  • If any of the requirements cannot reasonably be 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 examination.
  • No one will be offered an accommodation that would compromise the ABOG examination’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 examination or will result in an undue burden to ABOG.


Re-Examination


  • If you fail to notify ABOG of a disability 90 days before the Qualifying Exam date or 180 days prior to the Certifying Exam date, and fail to achieve a passing grade, you cannot appeal the results of the exams. You'll be entitled to sit for the next regularly scheduled exam 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 can't 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 exam but must pay a new application and examination fee.