Test Accommodations for the CAE Exam

  1. CAE Testing Accommodations Request Form (PDF)
  2. Test Accommodations for the CAE Exam
  3. How to request Test Accommodations
  4. Required Documentation
  5. Common Testing Accommodation Requests



Test Accommodations for the CAE Exam

The CAE Commission is committed to ensuring equal opportunity access to the CAE exam for candidates with disabilities and supports the intention of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).

The CAE Commission makes reasonable efforts to accommodate eligible candidates who provide documented evidence of their disability or need for testing accommodations, provided the accommodations do not present an undue burden to the CAE Program and do not fundamentally alter the measurement of the knowledge the assessment is intended to test.

The purpose of test accommodations is to provide candidates sitting for the CAE exam with full access to the exam. Candidates will need to provide evidence that the impairment is substantially limiting, not just the symptoms of a disorder or condition. Demonstrating that a candidate individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular medical condition or disorder does not mean that person is automatically entitled to testing accommodations. Testing accommodations will presumably enable a candidate with disabilities to better demonstrate their knowledge mastery. Testing accommodations do not guarantee exam completion, improved performance, or a passing score.



How to Request Test Accommodations  

Candidates must submit a CAE Testing Accommodations Request Form (PDF) along with the required documentation when applying for the CAE exam. All documentation must be completed and submitted by the application deadline of the exam in which you wish to sit. If you are taking the exam for a second time on the same approved application, you will not have to re-submit a testing accommodation request.

Requests for testing accommodation(s) are considered on a case-by-case basis and individualized. No single type of accommodation will necessarily be appropriate for all individuals with disabilities. 

Please Mail your completed form to:

1575 I St. NW
Suite 1200
Washington DC 20005

For inquiries:



Required Documentation

  • A completed CAE Testing Accommodations Request Form (PDF)
  • A copy of a current evaluation report from the appropriate healthcare professional must be submitted along with the Testing Accommodations Request Form. The evaluation document must be on official letterhead and should include the diagnosing professional’s credentials, address, telephone number, and signature.

The report should include the following items: 

  • A clear and specific diagnosis with evidence that all diagnostic criteria for the disorder have been met. 
    (Please note that meeting the diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not necessarily mean that the candidate will be found to be disabled as defined by the ADAAA. In order to be found to be disabled, an individual must be substantially limited in a major life activity as compared with most people in the general population.)
  • Date of most recent evaluation.
  • History of the candidate’s impairment, including the age that the symptoms of the disability/condition first appeared, the age of the first diagnosis, and a history of the impact of the disability/condition.
  • The current impact of the disability/condition of the candidate’s employment, academic, and/or other daily living activities.  
  • The current functional limitations that are likely to affect the candidate if they were to take the CAE exam under standard conditions. 
  • Specific recommendation(s) for testing accommodations, with a specific rationale, for each requested accommodation. 


Currency requirements for evaluation

  • No more than one year prior to the anticipated CAE exam date for physical disabilities, chronic health conditions, psychological and psychiatric disorders. 
  • No more than five years prior to the anticipated CAE exam date for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning, and other cognitive disorders.



Common Testing Accommodation Requests

  • Extended Time: Standard Time + 50% (Total: 6 hours) 
  • Extended Time: Standard Time + 100% (Total: 8 hours) 
  • Reader 
  • Private room 

Requests are not required for the following: 

  • Soft foam earplugs
  • Non-tinted eyeglasses
  • Hearing aids
  • Canes
  • Crutches
  • Walkers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Access to a heart monitor/pacemaker
  • Medication
  • Insulin pump (if attached to your body)
  • Glucometer


All requests for testing accommodations are strictly confidential and securely maintained. Access to your documentation is limited to those individuals responsible for reviewing and processing your request. Documentation submitted will be used by ASAE only to evaluate the need for accommodations and to determine if an accommodation is warranted and appropriate.