The most important exam for getting into medical school is the MCAT, as every medical program in the United States requires an MCAT score during the admissions process. Getting testing accommodations such as extended time for the MCAT is not easy. It is important that people who have a learning disability get extra time and accommodations on this exam; your MCAT score can determine your future. In fact, any combined score of 30 or above should make it easier for you to get into a medical program. Don’t you want to do the best you can, and finish the exam within the allotted time? Don’t you want to prove you have adequate knowledge in each subject area? Don’t you want to know if you are eligible for accommodations, such as extended time?
If you find yourself running out of time when taking practice MCAT exams, you may be eligible for extended time or other accommodations.
The requirements for applying for extended time and other accommodations on the MCAT are extensive, and expensive. But isn’t your future worth it? If you think you may be eligible for extended time or other accommodations, you must know the requirements and gather the proper materials within the given time period. Testing is The Brain Clinic’s primary role in the process and is central to obtaining extended time, but it is not enough. Historical documentation is also very important; it is your responsibility to get this to Dr. Thomas in a timely manner so that these documents can help with your case of getting extra time on the MCAT. Be advised that there is no guarantee the testing will result in a diagnosis of a learning disability or obtaining extended time or other accommodations.
In order to make the best case for extended time due to a learning disability, Dr. Thomas must be provided with:
• School records: It is best if these are sent directly to Dr. Thomas (it is OK if this is not possible). You may have to give the school(s) a written release to do this. Start this procedure as early as possible; the records should span the length of your academic career, from grade school through college.
• Test reports and letters which document learning problems in your past: This documentation should include letters from doctors, teachers, school officials, even relatives and parents, attesting to your learning problems (signed and dated).
• A personal written statement detailing the learning problems you have had throughout your past. This statement can be emailed to me prior to the first testing session. If you have not had accommodations in the past, you need to explain why. How is it you were not identified as being learning disabled as a child? What struggles did you go through? Did you get informal accommodations from teachers (like extra time on tests), or did someone help you a lot with homework (parent, tutor, grandma)? Include your medical and developmental (childhood) history, which is also required in the application process for extended time or other accommodations.
The Brain Clinic’s report is more likely to be successful if there is a well-documented history of your learning disability. We need to show that you are not just trying to get an extra advantage by requesting extra time.
It is important to understand that it is inconvenient for testing services to grant you extra time; it costs them extra money and time (to hire people to review your submissions, monitor you on site, rent extra space, etc.). Because of this, it is essential to make a very strong case. Dr. Thomas is the best person to do so, with more than 30 years of experience in this field. In this office, we have done thousands kinds of extended time evaluations for extra time accommodations.
Please note that these reports take time to write, as they often end up being lengthy. The report will be finished after submitting the final materials; a report without complications will take about 10 business days to write. A deposit of $500 is necessary to schedule the first appointment and full payment is due by the last testing session. The fee is payable to Dr. Thomas, and is refundable if appointments are cancelled with more than 48 hours notice. Reports are released when the bill is paid in full.