4 Ways to Receive Extended Testing Time If You Have ADHD

Would you like to learn how to receive extended testing time for your college exams? Exams you are taking may determine your ability graduate, be accepted to graduate school or receive a professional licensed.

Extended testing time was put in place to help students who struggle with standardized exams. If you have been diagnosed with ADHD, or suspect you have ADHD, you may qualify for extended testing time and should take a moment to learn how the process works for getting extended testing time.

1. Communicate with your professor

Identifying that ADHD has become a roadblock for yourself is the first step. Schedule a time to have a conversation with your professor. This should be done during office hours, and not as a side conversation after class.

Provide your professor with clinical documentation stating you have ADHD. We will discuss how you can receive a proof of diagnosis later in the article if you have not yet undergone an assessment. Some processors will be happy to offer you the help you need, while others will direct you to the academic committee to begin a more formal process.

Either way, your professor will appreciate being part of the conversation.

2. Documentation

If applying for extended testing time for ADHD, you will need to provide a proof of diagnosis signed by a physician or psychologist. Some colleges will accept a simple letter, while others will require a copy of the actual assessment results.

While most family doctors and pediatricians treat ADHD, most will require you to see a psychologist to be diagnosed. To make matters slightly more complicated, some colleges will require the diagnoses to be current within the last 3 years.

If you need to get a certified assessment from a doctorate-level psychologist, our ADHD online assessment might be your answer.

3. Approach your academic board

Start by checking your college website as there may be a form to apply for extended testing time. If you are unable to find the policy or application, you will need to contact the board directly. This step can naturally provoke some anxiety.

When people think of the academic board, they often think of disciplinary action. In truth, the academic board has the authority to help you before you find yourself on academic probation. Your academic advisor can help you begin the discussion and be your advocate throughout the process.

4. Stating your individual case

Your college board may require you to write a short synopsis on how ADHD has affected your testing abilities on previous exams. Be sure to include your experiences and struggles in early childhood and high school. Take the time to explain how you are affected by distractions and what it is like for you when taking an exam. In addition to extended testing time, you may be given the opportunity to test in a quiet environment.

Receiving extra help is never embarrassing and is more common than you would believe. This is your career, so use all of the help you can get!

Final steps

Once you have been approved to receive testing accommodations, you will need to find out if you need to apply every year or if the approval will be honored until you graduate. The college academic board will be able to explain how to receive extended time for each of your classes.

Your college will not be able to approve extended testing time for professional exams or entrance exams, such as the LSAT, GRE, or MCAT, so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to apply for accommodations with each testing organization.

Need help getting an assessment?

As mentioned earlier, we offer the first and only certified ADHD assessments completely online that can help get you the proof of diagnosis you might need for getting extended testing time. Our online ADHD assessment platform allows patients to be evaluated by one of our doctorate-level psychologists from the comfort of your home with instant access and no referrals.


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