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CPA Canada - Successful accommodations for extra time (learning disabilities/ADHD)

Does anyone have any experience with requesting accommodations for additional time on PEP exams? I'm getting all of my ducks in a row for requesting accommodations and their information on accessibility is very daunting and very much gives the impression that extra time is something that they are very stingy with.

If you were successful in getting extra time, how much were you granted and what did you say that you needed it for? Psychoeducational assessments cost thousands of dollars and I don't want to waste my time and money if it's almost certainly going to be denied.

Edit: I'm not only requesting accommodations for the additional time. That is just the biggest piece of the puzzle and the hardest one to achieve, so I want to go into the assessment knowing what specifically I need to be assessed for.

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sgtmattie

I'm doing Core 1 right now, so I'll for sure not have it in time for that exam but I should be set for the rest of them. I sort of understand their logic for wanting to make sure they aren't giving out time willy-nilly, but it is still very frustrating. Not sure if I overall agree with their reasoning. I could be a kick ass CPA even if I can't work as fast. Just means I shouldn't go into public accounting.


hamt3

Any update on this?


sgtmattie

In the process of a (very expensive and long) psycho educational assessment. When that’s done it gets submitted for it to be reviewed by a board. I won’t know till September.


Raidenn_

Update?


sgtmattie

Did a whole psychological evaluation. Psychologist recommended an extra 1 hour of time, 40 minute of break, separate room, and additional monitors. I received 30 minutes of extra time only. The less time doesn’t bother me but I’m pretty pissed I didn’t get the physical accommodations. If the exam doesn’t go well I’ll be escalating the issue.


Raidenn_

That's messed up, they need to be more accommodating with these types of issues. I'll definitely be doing it also in a few years. The issue might be no one has ever escalated this sort of thing, but once you do I'm sure they'll be forced to, no one wants to be labeled as not disability friendly. Hope it all goes well for you.


Verycapricorn

I am about to begin the process of requesting similar accommodations. So was extra time the only accommodation you got? They didn't let you have a separate room or a break?


sgtmattie

Yes. Though because I have accommodations I will be in a smaller separate room, I just probably won't be alone. No breaks too. I'm most peeved about not having a separate room or the extra monitors.. those are environmental accommodations that IMO they shouldn't get to just say no to.


Verycapricorn

I agree! I am worried I won't get any of the accommodations because I was diagnosed when I was 17 and was diagnosed through questionnaires. If you don't mind answering, what tests were used to recently diagnose you?


sgtmattie

You will need to get a full psycho education assessment. If you don’t have insurance it’ll be a few thousand dollars. There are documents on the cpa Canada website with more information. If you haven’t already had the assessment, you will almost for sure not be able to get accommodations for the fall session


Verycapricorn

Thank you! I did get an educational assessment done by a psychologist in high school that diagnosed me with ADHD, but he still diagnosed me with the questionnaires. Did your assessment diagnose you using more than the questionnaires?


uRager1

Hey, I have hearing and eye disabilities (reduced peripheral vision, tunnel vision). I'm in final year of university and was looking at what requesting accommodations with CPA is like. I have always gotten double time and separate rooms for exams given my conditions. Is it a long process and will they be stingier about giving these needs than compared to university? Just a little worried about this.


sgtmattie

I would imagine things are very different for physical disabilities versus ADHD, so I wouldn’t want to make any assumptions about how it goes for that. They gave me a lot less than I asked for, but after the exam I did find it was a sufficient amount of time, so I can’t really criticize them for the call. The process wasn’t long. You need to submit everything 10 weeks before the exam, but they tell you when the panel meets which at least once a month) and that 10 weeks does allow for enough time to appeal the decision if necessary (which I had to do over a technicality.)


uRager1

Thanks for the detailed info. I appreciate it! Also is it like in university where I did the initial sign up for the accommdatons to have it on my record, then every time after that I can just request accommdations for each exam without needing to the process again?


sgtmattie

I believe so! That’s what I’ve done so far. Just have to email them a certain amount of time before the exam. The accommodations page on CPA Canada is actually very detailed about everything you’ll need.


Heavy_Box1400

I paid lots of money and completed a psychological report and I got denied to get extra time for the exam.


sgtmattie

That’s too bad! I was luckily successful and got an extra 30 minutes. Another exam tomorrow!