ASCP Test Accommodations


ASCP Exam Accommodations: Who Qualifies?

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exams are crucial for career development, but what if a candidate is not able to take the exam under normal testing conditions or cannot expect to perform well in these conditions?

The ASCP and Pearson VUE (the organization that manages testing facilities) are committed to providing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) so that no person is unable to take an exam because of certain pre-existing conditions. These include (but are not limited to) physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral challenges, learning disabilities, and sensory difficulties or challenges. There may be other reasons to request an exam accommodation as well.

Requesting an Accommodation

Candidates who need testing accommodations should make these requests during the application process. To do so, they must submit a letter from a physician or other professional that includes a diagnosis as well as the specific modification being sought along with all of the transcripts, work verification forms, and other documentation needed to verify candidates meet education and work experience requirements for a particular certification route. This documentation must be submitted by mail.

Please keep in mind that it may take time to get accommodations set up. Therefore, candidates should contact the ASCP with sufficient time for their request to be processed. If you think you may need an accommodation, try to contact the ASCP with a much time as possible before your desired testing date.

Types of Accommodations

The accommodations that a candidate might receive depend on their specific needs and the ability of the ASCP and Pearson VUE to accommodate the request. Common accommodations include:

  • An exam reader: A exam reader is someone who will sit with a candidate during the exam and read aloud the questions. This person can also read back a candidate's answers to them if needed.
  • Extra testing time for an exam: This accommodation is available to individuals needing more than the two and a half hours allotted to complete most ASCP exams.
  • A separate testing room: This accommodation is for candidates who are concerned about sensory distractions. It may be possible to secure a testing area away from other candidates where external stimuli can be more controlled.

Additional Resources

At this point, you're probably already starting to prepare for your ASCP exam, but did you know that there are several resources available through to help you with this process? A great place to start might be the ASCP Information Guide, which can tell you more about the exam and has links to practice tests. You can also check out the study guides for the following exams. Each one has dozens of lessons, flashcards, and quizzes to help you prepare.

Continue reading: ASCP Test Retake Policy

The American Society for Clinical Pathology provides credentials for medical laboratory professionals in many fields and specialties. Read on to learn more about ASCP credentialing exams and how an ASCP credential can enrich your laboratory career.

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