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Test Accommodations

The American Board of Pediatrics provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) for individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodation. The ABP also offers courtesy accommodations for breastfeeding mothers who may request additional break time to accommodate needs.  Accommodations are offered for those who need a Personal Item Exception to bring a medical device, medication or any comfort aid into an examination room.

An applicant who wishes to request accommodations is urged to notify the ABP in writing as early as possible during the application period, even if accommodations were received on a prior exam. Please be aware of the deadlines for requests for test accommodations, breastfeeding mothers and personal item exceptions.  Contact the ABP with any questions.   

How to Request Test Accommodations

Breastfeeding Mothers

Download the ABP Breastfeeding Mother Form.

The ABP will provide an additional 30 minutes of scheduled break time during the exam.   Breast pumps may be stored in a personal locker, or stored at the testing center administrative desk. Requests must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the testing day.

Personal Item Exception

Download the ABP Personal Item Exception Form.

Most personal items are prohibited in the testing room. If an applicant needs to bring a medical device, medication or any comfort aid into the testing room, the ABP requires the completion of the ABP Personal Item Exception Form.  A list of pre-approved items can be found on the Prometric Pre-Approved Personal Items list.  

Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA)

New Requests to ABP

  1. Read the Policy and Procedures for Applicants with Disabilities. Share them with the professional who will be preparing your documentation.
     
  2. Complete the Request Form for Test Accommodations - New Request for the appropriate exam. Be sure to sign the Request Form where indicated.
     
  3. If appropriate, attach documentation describing previous test accommodations.
     
  4. Attach documentation of the disability and your need for accommodation. Compare your documentation with the information listed in the Guidelines to ensure a complete submission. If there is a need for further verification of the disability or the need for accommodation, it is possible that the decision on granting the accommodation will be delayed until the next scheduled test administration.
     
  5. Submit the completed Request Form with supporting documentation to the ABP by the final registration deadline for initial certification exams. For Maintenance of Certification exams, requests must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the test date. The deadline to receive the request form and supporting documentation for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Sleep Medicine and Sports Medicine exams is the same as the registration deadline. Any questions should be directed to the ABP office.
     
  6. Approved applicants do not schedule exam appointments online, but follow instructions provided in the approval email from the ABP. All Prometric Testing Centers in the U.S. are in compliance with the ADAAA. The Prometric Special Conditions group works with the applicant and the ABP to determine needs and the best methods for accommodations.

Repeat Requests to ABP

If you received test accommodations for a previous ABP exam and would like to request the same accommodations as previously provided, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Request Form for Test Accommodations - Repeat Request for the appropriate exam.
     
  2. Submit the completed Request Form to the ABP by the final registration deadline for initial certification exams. For Maintenance of Certification exams, requests must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the test date. The deadline to receive the request form and supporting documentation for Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Sleep Medicine and Sports Medicine exams is the same as the registration deadline. Any questions should be directed to the ABP office.