Accommodations for GED Tests
Accommodations are adjustments to the form of a test, special resources provided during an exam or changes to the testing procedures. These types of modifications are offered to students who qualify. Understanding if you qualify, what accommodations are offered and how to apply for accommodations can play an important role in ensuring that you have the best chance of success when taking your GED tests.
Who can Qualify for Accommodations?
Individuals who have a wide range of medical issues or disabilities may be eligible for accommodations. Some examples of conditions that qualify include:
|ADHD||Traumatic Brain Injuries||Autism|
|Learning Disabilities||Psychiatric Disorders||Physical Disorders|
|Cognitive Disabilities||Chronic Health Conditions||Hearing Impairment|
Types of Accommodations Offered
GED Testing Services offers 3 major types of accommodations. They are outlined below.
The format that a test is presented in can be adjusted in a number of ways. For example, an individual with a significant vision impairment may qualify to have their test presented in audio format or braille. Others with vision impairments may wish to use a test booklet with large print.
Some applicants may qualify to use a calculator or talking calculator when taking their exam. It is also possible to qualify to have a scribe who will write answers for you.
Testing Procedure Changes
Examples of ways that the test procedures can be altered to accommodate individuals with qualifying needs include:
- Providing additional breaks
- Extending the test time
- Providing a separate testing area
For example, an individual with diabetes may need to have a break to eat or drink something during the test time to maintain their blood sugar levels.
Applying for Accommodations
You must complete and submit an application for accommodations, along with additional supporting paperwork from a professional qualified to diagnose your condition (e.g., a doctor or psychologist). If you have been in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in school, showing documentation of your IEP may help with your application. Any school documents that can substantiate that you have a legitimate reason for needing accommodations will be important supporting documents that you can provide when applying.
To apply, you must sign up for a MyGED account. Once you have completed your registration, you'll click on the ''My Accommodations'' link which will take you to the ''GED Accommodations Request System''. Here, you will make your request by answering required questions and uploading your supporting documentation mentioned earlier. After you've entered all the required information, your accommodations request can be submitted.
It can take up to 30 days to get a decision on your request.
An appeals process is offered for those who disagree with the response to their accommodation application.
Studying for GED Tests
To help you thoroughly prepare for your GED tests take advantage of online resources, such as the study guides that can be accessed through these links, to ensure you review the material you need to know before your test.