How to Apply for MPRE Test Accommodations

IMPORTANT: Beginning with the March 2020 MPRE, candidates must apply for accommodations and receive their determination prior to registering and scheduling a test appointment. Accommodations cannot be added to an existing test appointment. A detailed explanation of the application process is provided below; please read it carefully. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the desired MPRE test administration, and preferably by the Recommended Submission Date for that administration. The Recommended Submission Date for the October 2020 MPRE is July 30, 2020.

NCBE is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to candidates with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. NCBE will make reasonable modifications to testing procedures that might otherwise prevent individuals with disabilities from taking the MPRE in an accessible place or manner, provided such modifications do not result in a fundamental alteration to the examination, impose an undue burden, or jeopardize examination security.

The MPRE is administered on computers provided by Pearson VUE at its testing centers. You must request test accommodations if you have a disability that necessitates any deviation from the standard test administration (such as extended testing time). Review MPRE Test Day Policies for a description of test administration policies. You do not need to request accommodations for anything that appears on the Pearson VUE Comfort Aid List.

STEP A – Create an NCBE Account

You must create an NCBE Account before you can request test accommodations, register, or schedule a test appointment for the MPRE.

You can use the NCBE Account Lookup tool to determine whether you already have an NCBE Account. To create a new account, select NCBE Account at the top of this page and then select Create an Account. Do not create a new account if you already have one. 

STEP B – Prepare and Submit Your Request for MPRE Test Accommodations

You must request MPRE test accommodations and receive your determination before you complete the NCBE portion of the MPRE registration process or schedule your test appointment. For detailed information about how to prepare and submit your request, see How to Prepare Your Request for MPRE Test Accommodations. We advise that your request be submitted as far in advance of your desired test administration as possible, and preferably by the Recommended Submission Date for that administration. See Important Dates for MPRE Test Accommodations for more information.

The test fee does not need to be paid until you schedule your appointment to test.

STEP C – Receive Notification of Our Decision

NCBE reviews requests for accommodations in the order received and usually makes decisions within 25 business days of receipt of all required documentation. All correspondence from NCBE regarding your accommodations request will be sent exclusively by electronic posting to your NCBE Account File Cabinet. If your request is granted in whole or in part, NCBE will post an Accommodations Confirmation to your File Cabinet listing the approved accommodations. If your request is not granted, you will be notified of the reason(s) for NCBE’s decision. If you do not agree with NCBE’s decision, you may either (1) appeal or (2) request reconsideration. See MPRE Test Accommodations Decisions for detailed information about the decision process, as well as instructions for making an appeal or a request for reconsideration.

STEP D – Complete the NCBE Portion of the MPRE Registration Process in Your NCBE Account

After you receive our decision, you are ready to register for the MPRE unless you plan to appeal or seek reconsideration.

To complete the NCBE portion of the registration process, go to your NCBE Account, click on MPRE Registration, and follow the instructions provided.

NOTE: If you plan to appeal or request reconsideration of our accommodations decision, DO NOT register and schedule a test appointment. For more information on how to appeal or request reconsideration of our decision see Accommodations Decisions. If you register and schedule an appointment to test prior to receiving a decision on your appeal or request for reconsideration, you may need to cancel your test appointment and schedule a new appointment.

STEP E – Receive an Authorization to Test Email from Pearson VUE

Within 24 hours after completing the NCBE portion of your MPRE registration, you will receive an Authorization to Test email from Pearson VUE. The email will be sent from PearsonVUEconfirmation@pearson.com. Please check your Authorization to Test email to ensure that your approved accommodations are listed correctly. If 24 hours have passed and you have NOT received an email, check your spam or junk email folder.

STEP F – Schedule an Appointment to Test at a Pearson VUE Testing Center

Follow the instructions in the Authorization to Test email to select a testing center, schedule an appointment to test, and pay the test fee. (You may need to create a Pearson VUE account.) Do not schedule an appointment until you have received an Authorization to Test email with your approved accommodations listed.

Within 48 hours of scheduling your appointment and submitting your payment, you will receive a Confirmation of Your Scheduled Exam email from Pearson VUE.

We encourage you to schedule your test appointment as soon as you can after receiving your accommodations decision. While the registration deadline is several weeks prior to the test administration, some test accommodations may take longer for the Pearson VUE testing center to arrange. If you wait until the last minute to schedule your appointment, you run the risk of not being able to test on your preferred test date, at your preferred location, and/or at your preferred test time. Please see Important Dates for MPRE Test Accommodations for more information.

As stated in Step D above, if you plan to appeal or request reconsideration of our accommodations decision, do not schedule your test appointment until after you submit an Applicant Appeal/Reconsideration Request Form and receive a decision on your request. 

Period of Eligibility

Accommodations are approved with a Period of Eligibility.  For example, requests for accommodations based on unchanging conditions may be approved for a period of eligibility of up to 24 months. The expiration date will depend upon the nature of your impairment(s) and will be listed on your Accommodations Confirmation. 

Once you have been approved for accommodations, you do not need to reapply again within your eligibility period. You may proceed directly to your NCBE Account, complete registration for the next examination, and schedule an appointment with Pearson VUE. Please keep in mind that Pearson VUE may need time to arrange for your accommodations. Please refer to Important Dates for more information.