Getting your GED® can be a major milestone in your life. It can open many doors, including different career and educational opportunities. However, many individuals have disabilities and may need certain accommodations in order to perform according to their ability on the test.
These accommodations include things like extra time, additional breaks, or an isolated testing area.
Who Is Eligible for Accommodations During the GED® Test?
Conditions that make one eligible for GED® accommodations include physical disabilities, such as impaired sight or hearing, chronic health problems, or any other physical impairment that may make it harder to complete the test. Individuals with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are also eligible for accommodations, as are those with psychological and psychiatric conditions, learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia), cognitive disorders, or any other intellectual disabilities. While this list covers most of the conditions that individuals need accommodation for, it is not a complete list and any disability that makes it more difficult to take tests is eligible for accommodations.
How Do You Get Accommodations?
Requesting accommodations is relatively simple and can all be completed online. It will require that users have an account with MyGED®, so anyone not registered will have to register before requesting accommodations. It should be noted that supporting documentation regarding the disability must be provided.
How Long Does the Process Take?
MyGED provides detailed instructions with screenshots to walk users through the process of requesting accommodations. A review of the accommodation request can take up to 30 days—meaning that you will have to pre-plan more if you need accommodations. You may check the status of your request anytime after submitting it, as it may be reviewed before the 30-day mark. If you disagree with the outcome of your accommodation request, you may also request an appeal with additional documentation or support.
What Other Assistance Is Available?
In addition to these resources, MyGED® also provides instructions for changing computer settings (such as screen color and text size) to assist users, and test-takers are allowed to bring some of the assistive resources that may be necessary during testing (such as earplugs, service animals, or magnifying glasses).
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