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How to Request Testing Accommodations for the EPPP


Step by Step: How to Request Approval from the Board for Testing Accommodations

Introduction

To become licensed as a psychologist in Arizona, qualifying individuals must pass the Exam for Professional Practice in Psychology, otherwise referred to as the EPPP (pronounced Eē-Triple-Pē). To take the EPPP, an individual must be authorized to do so by a licensing jurisdiction (U.S. state or territory, or a Canadian province psychologist licensing board). In Arizona, the authorizing board is the Board of Psychologist Examiners (Board).

  • Please see the EPPP page of the Board's website for more information and resources regarding the EPPP.
  • For applications and information about applying for approval to sit for the EPPP, please visit the Psychologist Applications page of the Board's website. 

It is very important that all applicants have an equal opportunity to pass this high-stakes exam. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that individuals with disabilities are able to take exams like the EPPP in a manner accessible to them so they are able to demonstrate their true aptitude (see ADA Requirements for Testing Accommodations).  

If you have one or more documented disabilities, you may request testing accommodations to equalize your opportunity to pass the EPPP.  ASPPB calls them "Special Accommodations" (see ASPPB's EPPP Candidate Handbook on page 11).  Some disabilities may not have been diagnosed until adulthood, such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, a learning disability, etc.  If you think you may have an undiagnosed disability affecting your ability to test at your best, please consult an appropriate specialist for diagnosis.  

Please keep in mind: 

  • In Arizona, accommodations requests must be reviewed and approved by the Board.  A request for accommodations may be included with your application to take the EPPP, your reapplication, or may be requested after the Board has already approved your application to sit for the exam. Please see the section, "How to Request Approval from the Board for Testing Accommodations", below, for details. 
  • Per ASPPB's exam team, "If you wish to test with accommodations, you must say YES in Certemy in step one of the registration process when asked if you wish to test with accommodations. Your registration [in Certemy] will be pending until the Board adds the approved accommodations in Certemy. After the accommodations are added, you will receive an additional email signaling that the accommodations are in place and at that point, you can proceed with the remaining registration steps, including paying the exam fee." 
  • If you already have the Board's approval to sit for the exam, DO NOT pay the for the exam and select an exam date in Certemy until your accommodations are approved by the Board.  Please see ASPPB's EPPP Candidate Handbook on page 11 for more information.  According to ASPPB's website, exam fees are nonrefundable
  • Pearson VUE Testing Centers partner with ASPPB in providing testing accommodations. Information regarding this may be found on Pearson VUE's website. This page also includes a downloadable list of comfort aids that do not need formal approval for testing accommodations.   
 

How to Request Approval from the Board for Testing Accommodations

To request testing accommodations approval from the Arizona Board, the following are needed: 

  1. A written email or letter from you to the Board, requesting the accommodations. Most applicants send the request in the format of a letter that is attached to an email or included with the application to sit for the EPPP. Include in your narrative: 
     
    • The name of your treating provider. Your provider must be licensed in the state where you are receiving treatment.
       
    • ADA diagnosis that is related to the need for accommodations. Any other issues unrelated to the need for accommodations should not be included. 
       
    • How the condition(s) impact your ability to test.
       
    • The accommodations you are requesting to provide equal opportunity on the exam.
       
    • Your name, signature and the date of signing. 
  2. Your treating provider must also send a letter directly to the Board (the letter may be sent by email), that includes: 
     
    • The provider's letterhead with practice contact information.
       
    • The provider's specialty or practice area, license number and name of the issuing Board. 
       
    • How long the provider has been treating you. 
       
    • The related diagnosis or diagnoses.
       
    • The accommodations the provider recommends which would allow you equal opportunity on the exam. The accommodations the provider recommends should match the accommodations you request in your letter.  
       
    • Your provider MUST send the letter directly to the Board, preferably by email to the licensing specialist. Applicants CANNOT submit the provider's letter to the Board.  


If the request for accommodations is being submitted with an application or reapplication, both letters will be added to the application file to be reviewed by the Application Review Committee in the regular course of the application process. 

If the request for accommodations is being submitted separately after the Board has already approved the applicant to sit for the EPPP, both letters will be placed on the Board's agenda for substantive review. 

A letter regarding the Board's decision will be emailed to the applicant/requestor approximately three business days following the Board meeting, not including the Board meeting date.