Guidelines for Accommodations for NCLEX Testing

Guidelines for Accommodations for NCLEX Testing

1. NCLEX candidates may request special accommodations
for taking the NCLEX examination. A letter from the applicant requesting
specific special accommodations and the accompanying documentation
for the need of the accommodations must be submitted to the Kansas
Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing meets quarterly – March,
June, September, and December. Requests may be submitted anytime
but at least 30 days before the scheduled Board meeting.

2. Documentation must include a written report of
an evaluation (educational, psychological, or physical) within the
preceding five (5) years from a qualified professional which states
a diagnosis of the disability, describes the disability, and recommends
specific accommodations. If testing was completed more than two
years prior to this request, a physician or psychologist must provide
a summary stating why current testing is not needed (e.g., the disability
does not change over time and new testing would not reveal new information).

Documentation must include the following:

  • A professionally recognized diagnosis must
    be included in the documentation which the board receives from
    the candidate.
  • A history of the disability and any past accommodation
    granted the candidate and a description of its impact on the individual’s
  • Identification of the specific standardized and professionally
    recognized test/assessment given (e.g., Woodcock-Johnson, Weschler
    Adult Intelligence Scale).
  • The scores resulting from testing, interpretation of the
    scores and evaluations.
  • Recommendations for testing accommodations with a stated
    rationale as to why the requested accommodation is necessary and
    appropriate for the diagnosed disability (NCSBN 2007).

3. A written statement from the candidate’s
Program Director (or designee) which describes any testing accommodations
made while the student was enrolled in the program.

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