How to Prepare Your Request for MPRE Test Accommodations

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.

Before preparing your MPRE accommodations request, you are encouraged to download and review the Guidelines for Medical Documentation.  

You are also encouraged to review the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List. Medical aids, medications, and devices included on this list do not require preapproval from NCBE and will be allowed into the testing room after visual inspection by testing center staff.

Starting November 2, requests for MPRE test accommodations should be submitted using the online MPRE test accommodations application in your NCBE Account.

  • To submit your request, log in to your NCBE Account, and follow the instructions provided.
  • All supporting materials should be uploaded as part of your online request. Please note that only .pdf, .jpg, .tif, and .png files may be uploaded; other file types, such as .doc and .txt, will not be accepted and must be converted before uploading. The maximum file size is 10mb each.
  • To ensure that you submit a complete request for accommodations, include the following four components.

Four Components of a Complete Request

Applicant Information

You will be asked about the history of your impairment(s) and current functional limitations that would affect your ability to take the MPRE under standard testing conditions.

You will be asked to describe all medication, devices, auxiliary aids, or strategies you ordinarily use to ameliorate the functional impact of your impairment(s) and their effectiveness.

Optional Personal Narrative. Space will be provided for you to write an optional personal narrative with any additional information you wish NCBE to consider about your impairment, history, and need for accommodations. You may also upload a document with your personal narrative, including one written for another entity when requesting accommodations in the past; if you upload your narrative, please include your name and NCBE Number on every page of the document.

Please note that you can upload only .pdf, .jpg, .tif, and .png files; other file types, such as .doc and .txt, will not be accepted and must be converted before uploading. The maximum file size is 10mb.

Medical Documentation

You will be asked to provide current and relevant medical documentation from a qualified professional establishing the nature and existence of your disability, your current functional limitations, and your need for the specific accommodation(s) requested.

NCBE provides Guidelines for Medical Documentation to assist applicants and their professionals in demonstrating the need for accommodations on the MPRE. We recommend that you provide your doctor or other qualified professional with a copy of the Guidelines applicable to your impairment.

Guidelines for Medical Documentation
ADHD
Learning Disabilities
Neurocognitve Disorders
Psychological Disabilities
Physical and Chronic Health-Related Disabilities
Visual Disabilities

Proof of Past Accommodations

You will be asked to provide proof of past accommodations from all testing agencies and educational institutions that have granted you accommodations. 

  • This may be in the form of a copy of a letter or other document (on official letterhead) that you received from the testing agency or school listing the accommodations granted and the test date or academic year.
  • Alternatively, you may have the testing agency or school complete a Certification of Accommodations History Form and return it to you to include in your online request.
For past accommodations in educational settings, separate documentation for each school or entity should be provided. For past accommodations in standardized testing settings, documentation may be combined.

Standardized Test Score Reports

If you are requesting extended testing time for the MPRE, you will be asked to provide score reports for all standardized tests (e.g., LSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE) previously taken, with or without accommodations. You may submit screenshots of online versions of score reports for this purpose. The following contact information is provided to assist you in requesting score reports:

Organization Phone Number Website Link
LSAT – The Law School Admission Council 215-968-1001 LSAT Website
SAT – The College Board 866-756-7346 SAT Website
ACT – American College Testing  319-337-1313 ACT Website
GRE/Praxis – Educational Testing Service 609-921-9000 ETS Website
GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Council 800-717-4628 GMAC Website
MCAT – Association of American Medical Colleges 202-828-0690 MCAT Website

If you have questions about how to submit your request, you may contact us by email at mpre.ada@ncbex.org.

After you submit your request, an Application Summary will be available in the MPRE Test Accommodations section of your NCBE Account. It will also be posted to your NCBE Account File Cabinet. The Application Summary will show your administration preferences, requested accommodations, and responses, and will list the names and sizes of all included files. Please retain your Application Summary for your records.

NCBE does not return documentation. You should keep a copy of everything you submit because you will not be able to view your uploaded documents after you submit your request. For this reason, we encourage you to use descriptive names that reflect the file content.

Acknowledgment of receipt of your request will be posted to your NCBE Account File Cabinet within one business day of receipt. If you do not receive acknowledgment within this time period, it is up to you to contact NCBE to confirm that your request was received. 

IMPORTANT: We encourage applicants to submit their request as far in advance of their desired MPRE test administration as possible, and no later than the Recommended Submission Date for that administration, in order to facilitate a timely notification of our decision. Accommodations must be approved BEFORE you register and schedule a test appointment at a Pearson VUE testing center; new or additional accommodations CANNOT be added to an existing test appointment.  Please refer to Important Dates for MPRE Test Accommodations for more information.