Should the MCAT grant extra time for students with learning disabilities?

A recent California court denied extra time for aspiring medical students with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder when taking the MCAT.

The body that administers the test has to straddle a delicate line, in granting extra time to a broadening definition of the disabled student versus maintaining the overall fairness and integrity of the high stakes test.

Despite the ruling, three of the four plaintiffs have gone on to medical school, with two scoring in the 70th percentile or higher.

I suspect that this will become more of an issue in the coming years, as a greater proportion of the current generation of students have been diagnosed with ADD.

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