Court: Extra Time for Med School Applicants With Dyslexia
An Alameda County Superior Court Judge on Thursday ordered the American Association of Medical Colleges to provide additional testing time to California applicants with reading disabilities such as dyslexia, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. AAMC administers the Medical College Admission Test nationwide.
Along with providing additional time, the court order also listed other accommodations, such as a separate room or special equipment.
Judge Ronald Sabraw said that it is up to the discretion of each testing official to decide how severe the student's disability must be to receive assistance. The order gives California applicants more flexibility than the federal disability criteria for the rest of the nation.
Between 50 and 100 medical school applicants each year will be affected by the new guidelines, according to plaintiff's attorney Joshua Konecky (Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/3).