MPRE Common Test Accommodations
This page lists some of the most common testing accommodations available for the MPRE. This is a nonexhaustive list; other accommodations may be requested. The appropriateness of accommodations depends upon the individual's specific functional limitations in relation to the testing environment. An individualized assessment is made of every request for accommodations.
- Extended testing time
- Supervised breaks (stop-the-clock break time)
- Semi-private room (may test with others receiving comparable accommodations)
- Private room
- Large-print test book and answer sheet (18- or 24-point font)
- Non-Scantron answer sheet (view sample non-Scantron answer sheet)
- Braille test book
- Audio version of test book
- Reader provided by NCBE
- Scribe provided by NCBE
- Wheelchair-accessible table
- Auxiliary aids
Use of a Reader as an Accommodation
Readers must read verbatim and are not permitted to paraphrase, interpret, define words, or otherwise vary from the text. Readers may spell words, reread all or part of a text or question, scan for particular words or phrases, read the text in a specific order, and identify the type and location of punctuation marks, as requested by the examinee. An examinee may request to meet with the reader in advance of the test for up to two hours.
Use of a Scribe as an Accommodation
Examinees may either (1) mark answers in the test booklet for the scribe to transfer to the answer sheet after the test, or (2) dictate answers to the scribe to mark the answer sheet during the test. Examinees may request to observe while the scribe transfers the answer choices from the test booklet to the answer sheet.
Health-Related Needs and Courtesy Arrangements
If you have a health-related condition that can be addressed in a standard testing room, without deviation from the standard testing schedule, it may not be necessary to submit a formal request for accommodations. Rather, you may request courtesy arrangements. Some common courtesy arrangements include
- permission to bring food or beverage
- use of earplugs
- comfort items, such as lumbar support pillow, footstool, etc.
- seating arrangement (e.g., near restroom)
- non-Scantron answer sheet
A letter from your medical professional is required for any courtesy arrangements. Contact MPRE Test Accommodation Services for instructions on how to request a courtesy arrangement.
All courtesy requests must be in writing and be received at NCBE, along with a verifying letter from your medical professional, by no later than eight (8) calendar days prior to your MPRE date.
Medically Related Items Allowed in the Test Center
As stated in the MPRE Test Day Policies, examinees are allowed to bring certain items in a clear plastic bag, such as unwrapped cough drops or hard candy; medication; and glucose tablets or gel. It is not necessary to submit a request to bring any items that are expressly permitted by the policies.
In addition, medical aids that are necessary to ambulate (cane, crutches, walker, wheelchair, service animal, prosthetic limb, cast, brace, or sling), are necessary to communicate (hearing aid, voice amplifier), or are required for medical or health reasons (heart monitor, epinephrine auto-injector, insulin pump, glucose monitor, blood sugar testing kit, small inhaler TENS unit) are allowed without submitting a request, but such items may be inspected by test center supervisors.