ALTERNATIVE TESTING ARRANGEMENTS

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Overview

Alternative testing arrangements that are reasonable in the context of this licensing test, do not fundamentally alter the nature of the test, and are supported by documentation may be provided, upon request, to candidates who would not be able to take the test under standard conditions. Candidates who may be eligible for alternative testing arrangements are

Evaluation Systems reviews each request as it is received and determines on a case-by-case basis whether to grant requested alternative testing arrangements.

Some alternative testing arrangements (e.g., Braille tests) have specialized production requirements associated with them, and more time for production may be required. Although every effort is made to process all requests in a timely manner, the earlier you submit your request, the more time will be available for specialized production, if needed. For paper-based testing, certain production requirements may necessitate rolling over your registration to a future test session.

In some cases, the supporting documentation submitted with a request for alternative testing arrangements may not be sufficient to make a determination or may not support the requested alternative testing arrangement. In such cases, you will need to submit additional documentation. In some cases, Evaluation Systems may contact you directly to discuss suitable testing arrangements.

For questions regarding alternative testing arrangements, please call MTEL Customer Service at (866) 565-4894 or (413) 256-2892.

How to Register with Alternative Testing Arrangements

Computer-Based Testing

Registration Steps

  1. Review "Alternative Testing Arrangements and Submission Requirements" and collect any necessary documents.
  2. Register for the test. Be sure to declare your intent to request alternative testing arrangements during registration.
  3. Fax or mail your completed "Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form" (see "PDFs and Forms") and supporting documentation (see "Required Documentation") to the MTEL program. Call to confirm receipt.
  4. Check for an "MTEL CBT Resolution of Alternative Testing Arrangements Request" email with a decision regarding your request (usually between 1–3 weeks after your completed request is received).
  5. Call the phone number in your resolution email to schedule your testing appointment with any approved alternative testing arrangements. Identify yourself as a candidate who needs to schedule alternative testing arrangements.

Register and submit the Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form and required documentation as early as possible in advance of your desired test date.

Notification of Resolution

After you register for the test and submit your Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form and supporting documentation, you will receive an "MTEL CBT Resolution of Alternative Testing Arrangements Request" email containing the resolution of your request and important information about your test appointment. Please be sure to wait to receive confirmation of your resolution before scheduling your test appointment. If you schedule your test appointment before receiving this confirmation, you will be required to cancel and reschedule it in order to ensure that your alternative testing arrangements will be appropriately applied. This could result in a delay of your desired test date.

Scheduling Your Test Appointment

Schedule your test appointment with Pearson VUE by calling the phone number provided in your resolution email and inform the customer service representative that you were approved for alternative testing arrangements. If you do not indicate that you have been approved for alternative testing arrangements at the time that you call to schedule your test appointment, or if you schedule an appointment through your MTEL account online, you will be scheduled for a test appointment without your approved alternative testing arrangements. Also, be prepared to identify your preferred test date and test center.

Some alternative testing arrangements may require up to three weeks prior to the date of your test appointment to make the necessary arrangements for staff, space, and materials. Please call to schedule your test appointment as soon as possible after your request has been resolved in order to allow time for such arrangements to be made and to avoid a potential delay in your test date.

Paper-Based Testing

Registration Steps

  1. Review "Alternative Testing Arrangements and Submission Requirements" and collect any necessary documents.
  2. Register for the test. Be sure to declare your intent to request alternative testing arrangements during registration.
  3. Fax or mail your completed "Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form" (see "PDFs and Forms") and supporting documentation (see "Required Documentation") to the MTEL program. Call to confirm receipt.
  4. Check U.S. mail for your notification of resolution and your admission ticket for the administration.

Deadline for Requests

You may make a request for alternative testing arrangements when you register for the MTEL during the regular, late, or emergency registration period. To ensure that there is adequate time to process your request and provide approved alternative testing arrangements, you are strongly encouraged to register and submit all required information as early as possible, preferably by the regular registration deadline. Because of the amount of time required to review requests for alternative testing arrangements and to make necessary changes at the test center or to test materials, there can be no assurance that requests received after the regular registration deadline can be accommodated for the chosen test date or at the assigned test center.

Notification of Resolution

Before the test date, you will receive information regarding your request. The resolution of your request for alternative testing arrangements will be sent to you by U.S. mail, even if you register on the Internet and receive a receipt of registration by email. You should contact Evaluation Systems at the time you receive this information if you have any questions or concerns about it. If you have submitted a request for alternative testing arrangements and you have not received written confirmation of your resolution before the late registration deadline, you should contact Evaluation Systems to confirm receipt of your request.

Alternative Testing Arrangements and Submission Requirements

Alternative Testing Arrangements Not Requiring Documentation

The following alternative testing arrangements may be requested because of a disability without supporting documentation (e.g., visual impairment, motor disability, illness, injury) and can be accommodated at all test centers:

For computer-based testing:

Please note that all test centers are wheelchair-accessible. In addition, all candidates are permitted to take breaks (e.g., for those with hypoglycemia or diabetes) to use the restroom, take medication, etc., without prior approval. Any time taken for these breaks is considered part of the candidate's available testing time.

For paper-based testing:

Please note that all test centers are wheelchair-accessible.

To request any of the alternative arrangements listed above, you must

  1. complete your registration; and
  2. submit a completed Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form, indicating the nature of and reason for the request (forms are available to download and print by selecting "PDFs and Forms" on the MTEL website).

Alternative Test Date

Computer-based testing. Computer-based testing is available Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). For this reason, individuals whose religious practices prohibit Saturday testing are able to independently schedule a test appointment that does not conflict with their religious practices without submitting a request for alternative testing arrangements.

Paper-based testing. An alternative test date may be arranged for candidates who are registering for paper-based testing and whose religious practices do not allow them to take tests on Saturdays. An alternative test date may be arranged only for religious reasons. If you plan to request an alternative test date for religious reasons, you must register to test at a test center in an area where the alternative test date administration is available. Alternative test dates are only available at test centers in the following test areas:

The specific test center location will vary from the address provided for the Saturday test session. Your admission ticket will contain the address of your assigned test center location if you are approved for the alternative test date.

The alternative test date will be the Sunday following the regular Saturday test date. To request an alternative test date, you must

  1. complete your test registration and submit the correct payment; and
  2. submit a completed Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form, which is available to download and print by selecting "PDFs and Forms" on the MTEL website.

Alternative Testing Arrangements Requiring Documentation

The Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form must be submitted each time you register. The first time that you request alternative testing arrangements, you will need to submit required documentation to support your request for alternative testing arrangements. Evaluation Systems will keep your documentation on file for one year. If you register for subsequent test dates within that year, you only need to complete a registration and submit a completed Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form, as long as your condition and the requested alternative testing arrangements have not changed.

If you wish to request arrangements other than those listed in "Alternative Testing Arrangements Not Requiring Documentation" above, (e.g., additional time), you must

  1. complete your registration;
  2. submit a completed Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form, identifying the disability and the specific arrangements requested (forms are available to download and print by selecting "PDFs and Forms"); and
  3. submit one of the following:
    1. appropriate documentation, as described in "Required Documentation"

      OR, if applicable,

    2. your college or university may submit an Institution's Verification of Documentation , printed on official institution letterhead (see "Institution's Verification of Documentation" for information)

Requesting Additional Time

The test session is designed to allow sufficient time to complete the test. Candidates may find the allotted testing time to be more than enough to complete the test, even if they have needed extra time on other tests they have taken in the past. Please keep in mind that you are automatically given four hours to take one subtest of the Communication and Literacy Skills test or the General Curriculum test if you register for only one subtest.

If, however, you have a documented disability and you feel you need extra time for testing, you may submit a request for alternative testing arrangements when you register for the test.

If you are requesting additional time, please note that time and a half is the typical time extension allowed. Include in your request the amount of additional time requested. Please note that all requests for additional time require supporting documentation, including a professional's recommendation for the specific time extension requested. Testing must be completed within one test administration day and all requests for additional time are subject to approval by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Required Documentation

You must submit appropriate documentation directly to Evaluation Systems for review in support of a request for alternative testing arrangements if you are not eligible to submit an Institutionís Verification of Documentation (see "Institution's Verification of Documentation").

All documentation must meet all of the following requirements:

Additionally, if you are requesting alternative testing arrangements because of a learning or cognitive disability, your documentation must include:

Documentation, in itself, does not automatically support the granting of alternative testing arrangements.

*See "Documentation Currency Policy" for exceptions.

Documentation Currency Policy

Documentation must be considered current in order for it to be reviewed in support of a request for alternative testing arrangements. In order to be current, your documentation must:

Institution's Verification of Documentation

Candidates who are requesting any of the following alternative testing arrangements may use the Institution's Verification of Documentation as an alternative to providing documentation directly to Evaluation Systems for review.

For all other alternative testing arrangements requests, supporting documentation must be submitted directly to Evaluation Systems for review.

Verification requirements. In order to be accepted for review:

Making Determinations

Evaluation Systems reviews requests for alternative testing arrangements individually upon receipt to determine if the request and supporting documentation are complete and that any required tests and diagnostic documentation are current (see "Documentation Currency Policy"). Evaluation Systems also reviews documentation to determine that it supports the requested alternative testing arrangement(s) and that the requested alternative testing arrangement(s) are reasonable in the context of the selected MTEL test and do not fundamentally alter the nature of the test. Please be aware that your request form and supporting documentation may be shared with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in order to process your request. The documentation will be kept confidential to the extent required by law. Evaluation Systems may grant or deny all or some of the requested alternative testing arrangements. Evaluation Systems will notify you in writing as to whether your requested alternative testing arrangement(s) can be provided for the requested test date and test center.

In certain cases, your requested alternative testing arrangements may be granted, but they may not be able to be accommodated at the test center or on the test date you requested. In such a case, an Evaluation Systems representative may contact you to discuss suitable testing arrangements. You will be given the choice of taking the test with alternative testing arrangement(s) at an alternative test center, taking the test without alternative testing arrangement(s) at the requested test center, applying your registration and test fees to a future test date, or receiving a refund.

If you have any questions or wish to check on the status of your request, you may call (413) 256-2892 or (866) 565-4894.

Denied requests. Evaluation Systems may deny your request for alternative testing arrangements if (1) the documentation does not support the request for alternative testing arrangements or (2) the requested alternative testing arrangement(s) fundamentally alter the nature of the test or (3) the requested alternative testing arrangement(s) are not reasonable. If your request is denied, you will be notified in writing and provided with the reason for the denial.

If your request is returned to you unprocessed or denied, Evaluation Systems will contact you and will offer you the opportunity to take the test on the date requested without all or some of the requested alternative testing arrangements. Or you may provide additional supporting documentation and/or information to Evaluation Systems in support of your request, and you may request that your registration and test fees be applied to a future test date.

Unable to accommodate requests. Because of the amount of time required to adequately review requests for alternative testing arrangements for paper-based testing, and because of test center and staffing constraints, there can be no assurance that requests for alternative testing arrangements received after the regular registration deadline can be accommodated for the chosen test date or at the requested test center. If your request cannot be accommodated for these reasons, Evaluation Systems will contact you and offer you the opportunity to take the test on the date requested without all or some of the requested alternative testing arrangements, or to test at an alternative test center. Or you may request to apply your registration and test fees to the next available test date or receive a refund.

Process for submitting a request for a review of decision. You may request a review of the denial of some or all of your requests for alternative testing arrangements. Before you submit your request, it is suggested that you review "Alternative Testing Arrangements and Submission Requirements." This section describes the documentation requirements for different types of alternative testing arrangements requests. If after reviewing the information in this section you still wish to proceed with a request for a review of the decision, you may do so by submitting your request, in writing, to:

Alternative Testing Arrangements Coordinator
MTEL Program
Evaluation Systems
Pearson
P.O. Box 660
Amherst, MA 01004-9013

Telephone: (866) 565-4894 or (413) 256-2892
Fax: (413) 256-7075

The request for review should include the following information:

Your request for review should be submitted as soon as possible. Please be advised that a review may take up to 30 calendar days to resolve. For paper-based testing, a request for review that is received less than 30 calendar days before the test date for which a candidate is registered may not be processed by that date. For computer-based testing, if you schedule your test appointment before the review is resolved and the reviewed alternative testing arrangement is later granted, you will be scheduled for a test appointment without your approved alternative testing arrangements.

After your request for review is processed, you will be notified as to whether your request has been granted or denied. All requests for review determinations are subject to the approval of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and all determinations are final.