A good friend's future hangs in the balance. She attempted to take the NCEES's Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, but failed due to a language barrier and the NCEES's unwillingness to allow her additional time on the exam is unfair and unjust. She has worked incredibly hard to come to this country and has even managed to pass her citizenship exams and take the pledge. She has devoted the last 4 years of her life to her studies in Mechanical Engineering while raising a family and is one of the most intelligent people I've ever met. She's normally the one other students go to for help! Despite all that she has worked so hard to achieve, the NCEES has denied the request for additional time for ESL (English as a Second Language) students, which puts them at an unfair disadvantage when attempting to take this 6-hour long test.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers may be able to apply pressure to the NCEES to change their accommodations policy. I'm not proposing that ESL be offered the same additional 2-3 hours of additional time that some disabled people are able to get. I'm simply asking for them to be allowed an extra hour to allow them to have a little more time to process the questions since the test is not offered in any other language. That's only an additional 32 seconds per problem. The fact that the NCEES believes that this is too much to ask for is, frankly, appalling.
I have no doubt that she, along with many other aspiring engineers, would pass this exam with flying colors if they were allowed a little extra time to accommodate their language barriers. Many of these students have already overcome so much and have worked so hard to achieve their goals. It is absurd to have a single licensing body show so much prejudice against so many people who are just trying to be contributing members of our society. The NCEES should allow for special accommodations for ESL students, and with your signature, we might finally be able to make this a reality.