MPRE Test Accommodations Decisions

If you plan to appeal or request reconsideration of our accommodations decision, do not register and schedule your test appointment until after you receive a decision on your appeal or reconsideration request. If you register and schedule an appointment to test prior to submitting an appeal or a request for reconsideration, you may need to reschedule or cancel your test appointment. If you reschedule, you must pay a non-refundable and non-transferable fee. If you cancel, you will receive a partial refund of your test fee; you must then complete the registration process for another test administration and pay the full test fee for that administration.

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 

If your request is granted in whole or in part, NCBE will post an Accommodations Confirmation to your NCBE Account File Cabinet listing the approved accommodations. The Accommodations Confirmation will also provide instructions on how to schedule your test appointment at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Seating at Pearson VUE testing centers is scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you receive notice of our accommodations decision, register and schedule your test appointment with Pearson VUE as soon as you can. 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 to schedule your test 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.

Custom testing materials and/or arrangements require additional preparation time. Please refer to your Accommodations Confirmation, posted in your NCBE Account File Cabinet, for additional instructions if applicable.

Finally, please note that NCBE does not disclose information about the nature of your disability to Pearson VUE except to the extent necessary to facilitate the administration of the approved accommodations. For additional details, please refer to the MPRE Test Accommodations Privacy Policy.

If Your Request Is Not Granted

If your request for accommodations is not granted or only partially granted, a decision letter will be posted to your NCBE Account File Cabinet. If you do not agree with NCBE’s decision, you may either (1) appeal, or (2) request reconsideration. 

Appeal

An appeal does not require submission of any additional documentation.

If your request for accommodations is not granted or only partially approved, you may submit an appeal. NCBE offers you the opportunity to appeal our decision even if you do not have any additional or substantially different documentation to submit. Appeals may only be submitted once, and decisions are final. However, if your appeal is denied, you may still request reconsideration if you have additional documentation to submit that is new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material.

  • NCBE usually makes decisions on appeals within 25 business days of receipt. Please consider this when requesting accommodations for your preferred test date.
  • To submit an appeal, please complete the Applicant Appeal/Reconsideration Request Form.  
  • We strongly recommend that your appeal be submitted by secure upload via our website; alternatively, appeals may be submitted by mail, fax, or attached to an email message sent to

National Conference of Bar Examiners
MPRE Test Accommodation Services
302 South Bedford Street
Madison, WI 53703-3622
Fax: 608-316-3119
Email: mpre.ada@ncbex.org

Please do NOT submit your request multiple times or by multiple methods (for example, do not send your request via fax and also upload it). If you have questions about how to submit your request, you may contact us by email at mpre.ada@ncbex.org.

Reconsideration

Reconsideration requests require additional documentation that is new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material. 

If your request for accommodations is not granted or only partially approved, and you have additional documentation that is new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material, you may request reconsideration. Unlike an appeal, which is based on a re-review of the same documentation and may only be submitted once, you may request reconsideration multiple times as long as each request is accompanied by additional documentation. 

You may also request reconsideration following an adverse decision on an appeal if you have new documentation to submit in support of your request. The appeal process and the reconsideration process are not mutually exclusive.

Additional documentation must be new, substantially different from what you submitted previously, relevant, and material. Examples of sufficient documentation vary based on your limiting condition, but generally include: a new psychological evaluation, an existing psychological evaluation that was not previously submitted, verification of a prior accommodation that was not previously submitted, scores on assessment measures that were not previously submitted, or new diagnostic medical reports updating the status of your condition. It is not sufficient to submit a brief note written on your behalf by a qualified professional or a personal statement disagreeing with our decision without additional supporting documentation.

  • NCBE usually makes decisions on reconsiderations within 25 business days of receipt. Please consider this when requesting accommodations for your preferred test date.
  • You may seek reconsideration by submitting a completed Applicant Appeal/Reconsideration Request Form along with any additional documentation you wish to have considered.  
  • We strongly recommend that your reconsideration request and supporting documentation be submitted by secure upload via our website; alternatively, reconsideration requests may be submitted by mail, fax, or attached to an email message sent to:

National Conference of Bar Examiners
MPRE Test Accommodation Services
302 South Bedford Street
Madison, WI 53703-3622
Fax: 608-316-3119
Email: mpre.ada@ncbex.org

Please do NOT submit your request multiple times or by multiple methods (for example, do not send your request via fax and also upload it). If you have questions about how to submit your request, you may contact us by email at mpre.ada@ncbex.org.

Accommodations for the Bar Exam

State bar examinations are separate and distinct from the MPRE. NCBE is not responsible for administering state bar examinations or for making accommodations decisions for state bar examinations. 

Proof of MPRE Accommodations

You may wish to retain a copy of your Accommodations Confirmation in your records for future reference. The Accommodations Confirmation is posted to your NCBE Account File Cabinet. To access your File Cabinet, log in to your NCBE Account (https://accounts.ncbex.org/) using your email address and the password you created. The File Cabinet tab is on the far left in your account.

If the Accommodations Confirmation is no longer available in your File Cabinet, please contact MPRE Test Accommodation Services at mpre.ada@ncbex.org so it can be reposted.