Special Testing Accommodations
In adherence with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990, updated, 2010), NBCOT provides reasonable and appropriate Special Testing Accommodations (STA) for exam candidates with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to take the OTR® or COTA® certification examination in the United States.
An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (e.g., caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, seeing, breathing, learning, and walking); a person who has a history or record of such an impairment; or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.
In order to request STA for the OTR® and COTA® examinations, exam candidates MUST have a documented disability as defined by the ADA.
Exam candidates with a transitory or temporary condition (i.e., sprains, fractures, or medical emergencies) who would like to request STA should contact NBCOT as soon as possible before the exam is scheduled to take place.
Incomplete STA requests will not be reviewed.
STA requests submitted without an exam application will not be reviewed.
STA requests are reviewed based on the exam candidate's specific request, the nature of the disability, and supporting documentation.
English as a second language, computer anxiety, and test anxiety are not covered disabilities under the ADA. Pregnancy is also not a disability covered under the ADA; however, if the applicant is experiencing a resulting medical complication, STA may be considered.
Reasonable STA do not alter the fundamental purpose or nature of the examination. Examples of typical STA requests include: extended testing time, separate room, provision of a reader, and use of adaptive equipment.
To request special testing accommodations, follow the steps outlined in this brief guide:
Download the STA Handbook (PDF)