Do you want to take a high-stakes entrance exam, but something is holding you back from doing your best?  I can help.  I’ve successfully gotten accommodations, such as extended time, for dozens of high school, college and graduate students Nationwide and can help you avoid common pitfalls.  Standardized testing boards, such as the ACT, SAT, LSAT, and MCAT, respond positively to my highly personalized legal advocacy.  My approach is to create a very thorough historical profile for my clients and is based on my first hand experience as a high-achiever with learning disabilities who was diagnosed late in my academic career.   We do not accept every case.

Why Hire Me?

Students hire me from coast-to-coast because of my singular background and approach.  I have a deep understanding of how a range of disabilities substantially limit performance in life and on standardized tests stemming from my unique personal background as well as my experience as a former special education teacher and a lawyer.  I spend valuable time speaking in-depth with my clients and the professionals treating them to gain a detailed understanding of their deficits.  Then I  place all that information in a legal context to draft a persuasive and effective letter to the testing boards.  For years I’ve worked with the individuals who make accommodations decisions at the boards and they know and trust my work.

Common Pitfalls Applicants Make

Let’s face it, it’s tricky applying for accommodations especially if you’re a high-achiever.  Less than 15 years ago, before the Americans with Disabilities Act was amended, the common wisdom was that if you could achieve well academically, you couldn’t possibly be disabled.  We all know that’s not true, but testing boards are still weary of those seeking accommodations.  Here are some common pitfalls which I can help you overcome.

“Eleventh Hour” Disabilities

Testing companies get hundreds of applications for extended time for every test sitting, and they often don’t have time to carefully review each application. They tend to skim for red flags, like a late diagnosis, to try an easily dismiss an application for accommodations.

Testing companies derisively term those late diagnoses as “eleventh hour” disabilities. The best way to combat a denial in this situation is to provide records proving that the student had symptoms for years, even if the symptoms were only recently diagnosed.

No Accommodation Plan in School

While it’s certainly advantageous to have a formal accommodation plan in school, there’s no legal requirement to have one in order to qualify for accommodations on a standardized test.

ADHD Is Sometimes Difficult to Document But . . .

Because there’s no simple test for ADHD, and its symptoms can often be confused with other disorders, testing companies often look askance at applicants for accommodations whose only disability is ADHD. Anxiety, depression and certain types of learning disabilities can also be difficult to document, especially with high-achievers.  Most applicants need a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation that demonstrates the extent to which their ADHD or other disability limits the student academically.

How Making School Work Can Help

After helping you to assemble the records needed to prove that you’re entitled under the law to accommodations, I’ll present those records in a clear and concise way in  the context of the law. The Americans with Disabilities Act stipulates that to be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a disability that “substantially limits” a major life activity, such as learning, reading or concentrating, as compared with the general population.” Fortunately, there’s been lots of recent case law that supports accommodations for high achievers.  I also have connections at the testing boards who know and trust me and can help get your application reviewed quickly.  Getting these accommodations could allow you to show your true ability level and change the course of your life.  Contact Ms. Hertog today at Allison@MakingSchoolWork.com or at Tel: (305) 663-9233