Identification Proof for TOEFL Test Takers with Disabilities
Educational testing Service (ETS) is the deciding authority that administers the eligibility criteria for TOEFL test takers and carefully scrutinizes the proceedings of the test and delivering the final result to the test takers. ETS provides equal opportunities to all test takers who fulfill the necessary norms of the test. It also encourages the disabled candidates who desire to take up TOEFL. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the organization which provides provisions for test takers who are disabled. “Disability” according to ADA is, “A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits your ability to perform one or more major life activities, as compared with most people in the general population.”
The ETS provides test accommodation (an accommodation is any alteration to the standard internet based TOEFL) for all the candidates who have a valid learning disability approved by ADA.
The documents provided should fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for ETS to offer the required test accommodations:
1. Evaluation Should Be Done By A Professional
License or Certification in profession
State in which the practice is made
Along with these the evaluator should also have an additional training program on assessing the disabilities among adults and adolescents also. All reports should be in official letterhead and should have information typed in English language along with the date and signature of the evaluator.
2. Only Latest Documents Are Accepted
ETS accepts the learning disability which is for lifelong in test taker and which is also recognized by ADA. It provides the accommodations which are reasonable depending on the impact of the disability on test taker’s performance in academics and particularly in testing circumstances. Therefore candidate should provide the recent documents which state the disability and the testing should be done at least within 5 years.
3. Providing Certification Of Eligibility (COE) As Documentation
There is a valid evidence for long term disability in the test taker.
Proper measures were used to diagnose the disability and limitations in the candidate.
4. Documentation For Extended Testing Accommodations
Scribe or keyboard entry aid
5. Updating Documents
Evidence regarding the continuity of the disability and the past records which has complete data about the initial diagnosis of the disability.
Update on the weakness which is continued for longer run which was also identified prior to the assessment.
Detailed information regarding the length and severity of the disability which has had an impact on the academics of the test taker and also the test taking in particular.
Report on the observations of the evaluation such as the fluency, affect, attention fatigue and concentration.
Details on the history of accommodations if any, and an explanation on why the accommodation is required for the particular disability.
6. Documents submitted to prove learning disability should be Comprehensive
To be identified by ADA for eligibility criteria reserved for disabled test takers, it is necessary to update the need of accommodations requested according to the present level of disability in the candidate. It may include the list of tests made, diagnosis and reports of the disability and also expert opinions on the diagnosis made.
The additional information on functional limitations of the candidate got from different sources are also accepted, provided it is evaluated by the concerned authority and the details should be added as a separate attachment or the details should be mentioned in the present documentation that states the level of disability.
8. ETS safeguards the confidentiality of the documents
ETS never leaks any information about the documents, medical reports or disability details submitted by test takers, unless there is a written consent by the candidate and the pressures in legal process. ETS goes a step further to safeguard the confidentiality of the documents and even withhold the additional documents which are not directly relevant to ADA’s requirements and still has grounds on which the accommodations can be requested.
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