Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) Accommodations


Accommodations for RICA Test-Takers

Individuals who have qualifying disabilities or who are nursing can apply for accommodations when taking the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam. Accommodations are designed to ensure that testing procedures comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.

Accommodations for the Written Exam

Almost all individuals who take the RICA test take it in the written format. This means that the majority of individuals applying for accommodations will be applying for accommodations to the written exam.

The specific accommodations that an individual may receive can vary based on his or her diagnosis and needs. For example, a nursing mother may simply need permission to bring specialized equipment into the testing area. An individual who has motor skill issues may need to use a trackball mouse. Other medical conditions may warrant giving an individual extra time to complete her test, providing an adjustable table or allowing access to medical equipment that is not pre-approved.

Accommodations for the Video Exam

The video exam is considerably different from the written exam, so individuals taking this form of the test may not qualify for all of the same accommodations. The main consideration for granting accommodation requests for the video exam is whether an individual has a qualifying reason that the typical testing conditions would not be feasible for him or her to comply with.

Applying for Accommodations

Individuals must complete a request form and provide the required documentation after they have registered to take their RICA exam. They should not schedule their exams until they have learned whether or not their accommodations have been approved.

Information that individuals are required to provide may vary, depending on the reason for their requests. Applicants may need to provide diagnostic test results and documentation from professionals who are qualified to diagnose and treat their condition. An individual's educational history, including evidence of applying for and receiving accommodations in the past, may also be required.

Pre-Approved Accommodations

There are a number of accommodations that individuals do not need to apply for.

General Medical Aids

Medications and medical resources, such as the ones listed here, can be taken into a test center without applying for accommodations:

EpiPens Braces Eyeglasses Inhalers
Medical Alert Bracelets Nasal Drops Oxygen Tanks Surgical Face Masks

A complete list of medical resources that are pre-approved is provided by Pearson VUE (

Devices for Mobility

Individuals do not need to apply to bring a cane, walker or wheelchair into a test site. Motorized scooters and crutches are also pre-approved.

Resources Provided by Test Sites

Individuals may not bring their own tissues, noise reducing headphones or earplugs to a test site; however, these materials are available at test sites. Individuals who need any of these items can ask test site staff for them. All examinees also have access to test features that can present content in enlarged font or with color contrast.

RICA Test Resources

This RICA Exam: Test Prep & Practice course is an excellent resource for individuals who need help preparing for their RICA test. It contains over 120 lessons that individuals can work through at their own pace.

California offers educators and prospective educators two RICA assessment options. Read on for study and preparation tips to help you pass whichever RICA assessment you plan to take.

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