- Alternative Testing Arrangements
Alternative testing arrangements that are reasonable in the context of the certification test and supported by documentation may be provided for the following examinees who would not be able to take the test or assessment under standard conditions:
- Examinees with disabilities
- Examinees whose religious practices do not allow them to take tests on Saturdays (applies only to paper-based administrations)
All timely and complete alternative testing arrangements requests and accompanying documentation are reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon receipt. In some cases, the submitted documentation may not be sufficient to make a determination regarding the requested alternative testing arrangement(s) or may not support the requested alternative testing arrangement(s). Additional information or diagnostic test results may be needed.
Please be aware that the Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form and supporting documentation that you submit may be shared with the CTC in order to process your request. The documentation will be kept confidential to the extent required by law.
Some alternative testing arrangements may be accommodated at selected test centers only. If you wish to request a specific test center for paper-based testing due to your documented disability, include this request on your Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form. If after receiving your admission ticket, you find that the test center to which you are assigned is not feasible due to your documented disability, please contact the Director of Alternative Testing Arrangements.
Some alternative testing arrangements (e.g., Braille tests) have specialized production requirements associated with them, and more time for production may be required. Although every effort is made to process all requests in a timely manner, the earlier you submit your request, the more time will be available for specialized production, if needed. For paper-based testing, certain production requirements may necessitate rolling over your registration to a future test administration.
In some cases, you may be contacted directly to discuss suitable testing arrangements.
- Requesting Additional Time
The test session is designed to allow sufficient time to complete the test. Examinees may find the allotted testing time to be more than enough to complete the test, even if they have needed extra time on other tests they have taken in the past.
If, however, you have a documented disability and you feel you need extra time for testing, you may submit a request for alternative testing arrangements when you register for the test.
If you are requesting additional time for computer-based testing, please note that time and a half is the typical time extension allowed. Include in your request the amount of additional time requested. Please note that all requests for additional time require supporting documentation, including a professional's recommendation for the specific time extension requested. Testing must be completed within one test administration day and all requests for additional time are subject to approval by the CTC.
If you are requesting additional time for paper-based testing, you may wish to register for fewer subtests per test date, which will allow you to use the entire test session for additional time to complete the subtests, providing your request for additional time is approved. Registering for multiple subtests on the same test date limits the additional testing time you can be allowed because testing must be completed within one test administration day.
CBEST: To meet the CBEST testing requirement, you do not have to take or pass all three sections at a single administration. You may decide how much time you want to set aside for each section of the test.
When you register for the computer-based CBEST, you may register to take one, two, or all three sections.
When you register for the paper-based CBEST, you will be registered for all three sections (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing). However, you may take one, two, or all three sections at a given test administration.
- Documentation Currency Policy
Documentation must be considered current in order for it to be reviewed in support of a request for alternative testing arrangements. In order to be current, your documentation must:
- Be dated within the past five years
- Document a permanent physical condition
- (For documentation associated with learning or cognitive disabilities) Include test or evaluation results from an instrument designed to be administered to adults, that is normed for adults AND conducted no earlier than at the high school level
See Request Alternative Testing Arrangements for information on the procedures and documentation needed to make a request for alternative testing arrangements.
If you have any outstanding balance owed by you to Evaluation Systems after a test administration for which you were registered, all of your test results for that test date may be permanently voided and therefore not reported to you, to the CTC, or to any institutions.
The following policies apply to you when you have an outstanding balance with Evaluation Systems:
- You will be assessed an additional fee to cover the processing required to clear your account.
- You will not be allowed to register for future test dates until your balance, which includes the additional fee, is paid in full.
- Any credits or refunds for which you may be eligible will be applied first to your outstanding debt, with any excess to be returned to you.
If a credit card charge for an Evaluation Systems service for you is disputed:
- You may not be allowed to make any future payments by credit card.
- You must make your payment to clear your account by cashier's check or money order only.
- If you attempt to pay for any further services by cashier's check or money order before clearing your account, any payments received will be applied first to your outstanding debt, with any excess applied to the requested services.
If you are due a refund of test registration fees, your refund will be issued by Evaluation Systems as a credit to your credit card account within five weeks of your request. If you applied a voucher toward registration fees, the amount of the voucher will not be refunded.
If you are absent from the test, you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. (See the absentee policy .)
If after registering for a test you would like to withdraw the registration you may do so as indicated below.
- If you have not yet scheduled your test appointment: Submit a withdrawal request through your account.
- If you have already scheduled your test appointment:
- First, cancel your test appointment at least 24 hours before your scheduled testing time. To cancel your test appointment, log in to your account, select Reschedule, and follow the instructions provided.
- After canceling your test appointment, submit a withdrawal request through your account.
- CBEST, CSET, & CTEL: If you registered to take multiple subtests/sections and would like to withdraw registration for some, but not all, subtests/sections, you must withdraw the entire registration and submit a new registration with the new subtest/section selection.
If after registering for a test you would like to withdraw the registration, log in to your account, select "Confirm or Modify a Registration," and follow the directions provided.
- If you withdraw by the late registration deadline, you will receive a full refund of the test fee.
- If you registered during the late registration period, the late registration fee will not be refunded.
- You may not withdraw your registration or receive a refund if you register during the emergency registration period.
If you have registered for the RICA Video Performance Assessment, have not yet submitted your materials for scoring, and would like to withdraw the registration and receive a partial refund, submit a Withdrawal Refund Request Form, available to download and print from the Forms page.
If your request to withdraw a RICA Video Performance Assessment registration is received by the final submission deadline of the program year, you will receive a partial refund of $65.
A test or subtest may be taken as many times as necessary to achieve a passing score.
A passing score must be achieved at a single test administration. Performance on parts of a test or subtest cannot be combined across administrations. If you wish to retake a test or subtest, you must re-register for the entire test or subtest.
You must wait 45 calendar days from the date you took the test to retake a test or subtest on computer. If you have registered to take more than one subtest comprising a single test in a single testing session, you must wait 45 calendar days from the date of your test appointment to retake any of the subtests for which you registered, even if you did not attempt or complete all subtests for which you were registered.
CBEST: If you obtain a passing score (41 or higher) on any section of the CBEST, you do not need to repeat that section. It may be to your advantage, however, to repeat a section already passed. An increase might help you reach the total score of 123 required to pass the CBEST. The highest score that you obtain on each section, no matter when earned, will be used to compute your total CBEST score.
If you took the CBEST on computer, you must wait 45 calendar days from the test date before retaking the same section(s) on computer, even if you did not attempt or complete all sections for which you were registered, though you may retake the CBEST at an earlier paper-based administration.
- Changing Registration
If after registering or after scheduling a test appointment you wish to modify your registration, you may request a modification. If you need to correct or update personal information (e.g., your mailing address), you may do so through your account. To update your name or Social Security number, you must submit written documentation about the change along with copies of the official, original verification of the change (e.g., marriage certificate, court order). See the Contact Us page for the mailing address or fax number for submitting these materials.
Changing your test date, test center, or testing time. If you have already scheduled your test appointment and wish to change the date, time, or location of your test appointment, you may reschedule your test appointment through your account. The deadline for rescheduling your test appointment is 24 hours before your scheduled testing time. There is no fee for rescheduling a test appointment.
- CSET: Music Subtest II: If you request to change your test date, test center, or testing time after the scheduling deadline for Music Subtest II, you will not be able to reschedule your test appointment within the same testing window. You will need to reschedule your test appointment for the next available testing window.
It is not possible to change a registration for computer-based testing to a registration for paper-based testing. You may, however, withdraw from your computer-based test registration and then register for a paper-based test.
Changing a test selection. If you wish to change the computer-based test or subtest(s) for which you registered, you must withdraw your registration for the original test/subtest and submit a new registration for the new test/subtest.
Candidates will receive a refund when they withdraw according to the conditions specified in the Withdrawal/Refund Policy. Candidates will then have to submit a new payment when they re-register for the new test/subtest selection of their choice.
Candidates who cancel a test appointment lose their original seat; test appointment scheduling for any subsequent registrations is subject to available space at the time of the scheduling. There can be no guarantee that test appointments for new registrations can be rescheduled for the same date or time.
Adding a subtest. You may submit a new registration for additional subtests or sections at any time. You will receive a separate Authorization to Test and will need to schedule a separate test appointment for each registration submitted.
If you have been approved for alternative testing arrangements and need to change the date, time, or location of your test appointment, you must call Pearson VUE at the phone number provided in your Authorization to Test email to reschedule your test appointment by telephone at least one business day (24 hours) before your scheduled testing time. Business days are Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The Pearson VUE Accommodations Department can be reached between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
It is not possible to change a CBEST registration for paper-based testing to a registration for computer-based testing. You may, however, withdraw from your paper-based test registration and then register for a computer-based test. All changes must be submitted through your account by 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on the late registration deadline.
Changing your test area. You may change the test area for which you are registered; however, such requests are granted based on available space. Requests to change from one testing center to another in the same test area cannot be honored.
Changing your test selection. When you register for the paper-based CBEST, you will automatically be registered to take all three sections. However, you may take one, two, or all three sections at a given paper-based test administration. Therefore, no changes to test selection are necessary for paper-based testing.
Video AssessmentRegistration for the RICA Video Performance Assessment is good for any submission deadline during the program year. If you register for the RICA Video Performance Assessment during the 2016–2017 program year but do not submit your video packets to be scored by the final submission deadline of the program year (June 16, 2017), you will no longer be registered for the Video Performance Assessment and you will receive no refund or credit of any kind.
Because the specific requirements for preparing video packets vary by program year, video packets prepared during one program year will not satisfy the requirements for the next program year. When you register for the RICA Video Performance Assessment, you are required to prepare video packets according to the instructions in the RICA Video Performance Assessment Procedures Manual for that program year.
Because of laws protecting confidentiality and privacy, only you can register yourself for the test or make inquiries regarding your registration or test results.
The CTC uses the background information you provide as part of your registration (including ethnicity, gender, and date of birth) to satisfy legal requirements, to conduct research that benefits improvement of educator preparation programs, and to help ensure the fairness and quality of the examination for which you are registering. This information will be analyzed as group data only. Examinee-level demographic data will not be provided to score recipient institutions. They may be used for statistical and research purposes and will not be used, in whole or in part, to make a determination about any individual.