MPRE Test Accommodations Decisions

Important Update to the MPRE Test Accommodations Application Process

NCBE is excited to announce that on November 2, it will launch a new online MPRE test accommodations application. The online application has been designed to simplify the test accommodations process.

Due to the transition to the new online application, NCBE will be unable to accept requests for accommodations between September 18 and November 1, 2021.

On November 2, 2021, NCBE will begin accepting requests via the new online MPRE test accommodations application. The new application will be available within each candidate’s NCBE Account.

Note that, if approved, accommodations for unchanging conditions may be approved for a period of eligibility up to 24 months. The expiration date of an approved accommodation will be listed on your Accommodations Confirmation.

Starting November 2, to appeal or request reconsideration of our accommodations decision, log in to your NCBE Account and select MPRE Test Accommodations. Once there, you will see the options to view your Application Summary, start an appeal, or start a request for reconsideration. If you plan to appeal or request reconsideration, do not register and schedule your test appointment until after you receive a decision on your appeal or reconsideration request. If you register and schedule an appointment to test prior to submitting an appeal or a request for reconsideration, you may need to reschedule or cancel your test appointment. For information about scheduling, rescheduling, cancelling, and associated fees, visit MPRE Registration Information. Contact MPRE Registration at mpreregistration@ncbex.org with any questions.

NCBE reviews requests for accommodations in the order received and usually makes decisions within 25 business days of receipt of all required documentation. All correspondence from NCBE regarding your accommodations request will be sent to your NCBE Account File Cabinet. You will receive an email notification whenever new information is available, so please ensure that the primary email address listed in your NCBE Account remains current.

If Your Request Is Granted 

If your request is granted in whole or in part, NCBE will post an Accommodations Confirmation and determination letter to your NCBE Account File Cabinet listing the approved accommodations and their expiration date (Period of Eligibility). The determination letter will provide general instructions on how to schedule your test appointment at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Seating at Pearson VUE testing centers is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you receive notice of our accommodations decision, if you do not plan to appeal or request reconsideration, register and schedule your test appointment with Pearson VUE as soon as you can. While the registration deadline is several weeks prior to the test administration, some test accommodations may take longer for the Pearson VUE testing center to arrange. If you wait to schedule your test appointment, you run the risk of not being able to test on your preferred test date, at your preferred location, and/or at your preferred test time.

Custom testing materials and/or arrangements require additional preparation time. Please refer to your determination letter, posted in your NCBE Account File Cabinet, for additional instructions if applicable.

Finally, please note that NCBE does not disclose information about the nature of your disability to Pearson VUE except to the extent necessary to facilitate the administration of the approved accommodations. For additional details, please refer to the MPRE Test Accommodations Privacy Policy.

If Your Request Is Not Granted

If your request for accommodations is not granted or only partially granted, a decision letter will be posted to your NCBE Account File Cabinet. If you do not agree with NCBE’s decision, there are two ways to engage in the interactive process of review: by either (1) submitting an appeal or (2) requesting reconsideration. All appeals and requests for reconsideration should be submitted using your NCBE Account. Determinations cannot be changed over the phone. To appeal or request reconsideration, follow one of the established processed below.

Appeal

An appeal does not require submission of any additional documentation.

If your request for accommodations is not granted or only partially approved, you may submit an appeal. NCBE offers you the opportunity to appeal our decision even if you do not have any additional or substantially different documentation to submit. Appeals may only be submitted once, and decisions are final. However, if your appeal is denied, you may still request reconsideration if you have additional documentation to submit that is new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material.

  • To submit an appeal, starting November 2, log in to your NCBE Account and select MPRE Test Accommodations. Once there, you will see the option to start an appeal from the Actions menu. 
  • NCBE usually makes decisions on appeals within 25 business days of receipt. Please consider this when initially requesting accommodations for your preferred test date.

If you have questions about appealing your determination, you may contact us by email at mpre.ada@ncbex.org.

Reconsideration

Reconsideration requests require additional documentation that is new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material. 

If your request for accommodations is not granted or only partially approved, and you have additional documentation that is new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material, you may request reconsideration. Unlike an appeal, which is based on a re-review of the same documentation and may only be submitted once, you may request reconsideration multiple times as long as each request is accompanied by additional documentation. 

You may also request reconsideration following an adverse decision on an appeal if you have new documentation to submit in support of your request. The appeal process and the reconsideration process are not mutually exclusive.

Additional documentation must be new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material. Examples of sufficient documentation vary based on your limiting condition, but generally include: a new psychological evaluation, an existing psychological evaluation that was not previously submitted, verification of a prior accommodation that was not previously submitted, scores on assessment measures that were not previously submitted, or new diagnostic medical reports updating the status of your condition. It is not sufficient to submit a brief note written on your behalf by a qualified professional or a personal statement disagreeing with our decision without additional supporting documentation.

  • To submit a request for reconsideration, starting November 2, log in to your NCBE Account and select MPRE Accommodations. Once there, you will see the option to start a request for reconsideration from the Actions menu.
  • NCBE usually makes decisions on reconsiderations with in 25 business days of receipt. Please consider this when initially requesting accommodations for your preferred test date.

If you have questions about requesting reconsideration of your determination, you may contact us by email at mpre.ada@ncbex.org.

Accommodations for the Bar Exam

State bar examinations are separate and distinct from the MPRE. NCBE is not responsible for administering state bar examinations or for making accommodations decisions for state bar examinations. 

Proof of MPRE Accommodations

You may wish to retain a copy of your Accommodations Confirmation and/or determination letter in your records for future reference and use. The Accommodations Confirmation and/or determination letter will remain in your NCBE Account File Cabinet for two years from the decision date.

If the letter you need is no longer available in your File Cabinet, please contact MPRE Test Accommodation Services at mpre.ada@ncbex.org so it can be reposted.