MPRE Test Accommodations

IMPORTANT: The process for requesting MPRE test accommodations will change for 2020: candidates will be required to apply for accommodations prior to registering for the MPRE. NCBE will begin accepting requests for accommodations for the March 2020 MPRE on October 21, 2019. These pages will be updated on October 1, 2019, with more information about the new process.  

NCBE is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to examinees with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). NCBE will make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures that might otherwise prevent individuals with disabilities from taking the MPRE in an accessible place or manner, provided such modifications do not result in a fundamental alteration to the examination, impose an undue burden, or jeopardize examination security. 

You must request test accommodations if you have a disability that necessitates any deviation from the standard test administration policies or schedule. Review the MPRE Test Day Policies for a list of what to bring and what not to bring to the test center and a description of other test administration policies. You do not need to request accommodations to bring allowed items, provided that your use of such items will not require any deviation from the standard test schedule or other policies.

In August 2019, NCBE, in partnership with Pearson VUE, will begin to transition the MPRE from a paper-based to a computer-based delivery platform. There will be no changes to the question format, content, or scoring of the MPRE.

For the August 2019 and November 2019 administrations, a limited number of examinees will be selected at random during the registration process to take the computer-based exam at a Pearson VUE testing center; all other examinees will take the paper-based exam at a testing center administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

Test administration policies for computer-based testing at Pearson VUE testing centers, including the list of items that you are allowed to bring, may differ from the policies shown on the MPRE Test Day Policies page. If you are selected to take the computer-based MPRE at a Pearson VUE testing center, review the policies that are provided to you in your NCBE Account. If, after reviewing the policies, you determine that you need to request accommodations, follow the procedures below to make your request.


NCBE must RECEIVE your request for accommodations, including all supporting documentation, by the late registration deadline for your MPRE test date. The late registration deadline also applies to any request for reconsideration of NCBE’s decision. This is a ‘received by’ deadline and NOT a postmark deadline; delivery to the post office or to a courier service by the deadline does not constitute receipt by NCBE. Likewise, unsuccessful electronic transmission does not constitute receipt. There are NO exceptions to the deadline.

We encourage applicants to register and request accommodations early in the registration period to facilitate a timely notification of our decision. Applicants whose requests are received fewer than 15 business days before the deadline run the risk of not having time to request reconsideration of NCBE’s decision. NCBE will not review any requests, forms, or documentation, including those for reconsideration, received after the deadline.

Repeat Applicants

If you requested accommodations for the MPRE within the preceding two years, regardless of whether your request was approved or denied, review the Repeat Applicants page for special instructions.

How to Apply

Review the 5 components of a complete request for test accommodations.

Accommodations Decisions

NCBE reviews requests for accommodations in the order received and usually makes decisions within 15 business days of receipt. All correspondence from NCBE regarding your accommodations request will be sent exclusively by electronic posting to your NCBE Account File Cabinet unless you specify paper correspondence in your Applicant Request Form. Review Accommodations Decisions for detailed information about the decision process.