Effective September 1, 2012, FINRA will implement a new policy for providing additional time to people with limited English proficiency on qualification exams and on Regulatory Element Continuing Education sessions. The new policy requires that people requesting additional time must submit an LEP Request Form to FINRA and receive confirmation from FINRA that the form has been processed before scheduling the exam or Continuing Education session.
This new policy replaces the current policy covering people who speak English as a second language. Test center personnel will no longer be authorized to provide additional time to people who speak English as a second language or to people with limited English proficiency.
A person is considered to have “limited English proficiency” if they “(1) do not speak English as their primary language; and (2) have limited ability to read, speak, write and understand the English language.”
Further details on the new policy may be found on FINRA’s website.
This alert applies to all FINRA-administered exams. This includes (among others) the Series 24, Series 26, Series 6, Series 7, Series 55, Series 62, Series 79, Series 82, Series 99, Series 56, Series 63, Series 65, and Series 66.