Michigan Language Assessment is committed to ensuring that you can demonstrate your language ability under circumstances that are fair and that do not alter the construct being measured. To this end, applicants with disabilities can request special accommodations. It is the test taker’s responsibility to request special test accommodations. Such requests should be addressed to the local test center as far in advance of the test administration as possible and should be supported by appropriate medical documentation. At least three months notice is needed to prepare Braille materials, while administrative modifications (large font, extended time, reader, scribe) may be requested at the time of registration.
Disabilities Usually Granted Accommodations:
- Visual impairment or blindness
- Hearing impairment or deafness
- Motor impairment
- Psychological and learning disabilities
The following arrangements are usually available. Please make your special accommodations request through your local center:
- Wheelchair access
- Extended testing time
- Additional rest breaks
- Recorder to mark answers
- Alternate test formats (e.g., Braille, large print)
- Alternate response formats (e.g., computer for writing section)
How to Apply
Apply for special accommodations as far in advance as possible, preferably at time of registration for the exam.
All requests for special arrangements must be supported by documented medical evidence. Documentation from a licensed or certified medical professional who is qualified to evaluate the test taker’s disability should be submitted to the test center who will then communicate with Michigan Language Assessment. Not only must the disability be documented, but recommendations should be included from the qualified professional. Examples of qualified professionals are physicians, school psychologists, optometrists, and psychiatrists. All medical documentation in a language other than English must be translated into English before submitting the documentation to Michigan Language Assessment.
- For special materials (Braille, large font), apply three months in advance
- For administrative modifications (extended time, reader, scribe), apply one month in advance
- Apply to your local test center (the test center representative will inform you well in advance of the exam about what accommodations have been granted)
It is important to note that modification of tests or testing circumstances may alter the construct of the test taken, or it may affect the predictive value of scores received.