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Test Accommodations

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) provides reasonable and appropriate test accommodations for those who demonstrate a need and make a timely request.

To request an accommodation, apply for your exam and your accommodation as early as possible during the application period, even if accommodations were received on a prior exam. Request accommodations no later than:

  • The application deadline date for initial certification exams and Subspecialty In-Training Examinations (SITE), or
  • Sixty (60) days before your earliest preferred exam date for MOC exams.

You will not be able to schedule your exam until your request is either approved or withdrawn.

ABP gives test accommodations to:

  • Breastfeeding mothers who request 30 minutes of additional break time during the exam. (Breast pumps may be stored in a personal locker, or stored at the testing center administrative desk.)
  • Those who demonstrate a need to bring a personal item into an examination room, such as a medical device, medication or comfort aid that is not listed as permitted on Prometric’s Pre-Approved Personal Items list.
  • Individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). See more information below. 

 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA)

New ADAAA 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. comply 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 ADAA 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.