Special Accommodations for the GED - dummies

Special Accommodations for the GED

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

If you need to complete the GED on paper or have a disability that makes it impossible for you to use the computer, your needs can be accommodated. However, other specifics apply: Your choice of times and testing locations may be much more restricted, and times to complete a test may be extended.

If accommodation is required, the GED testing centers will ask for documentation of the nature of the accommodation required.

The GED testing centers make every effort to ensure that all qualified people have access to the tests. If you have a disability, you may not be able to register for the tests and take them the same week, but, with some advanced planning, you can probably take the tests when you’re ready. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Check with your local testing center or check out the GED Testing Services Accommodations Page.

  • Contact the GED Testing Service or your local GED test center and explain your disability.

  • Request any forms that you have to fill out for your special circumstances.

  • Ensure that you have a recent diagnosis by a physician or other qualified professional.

  • Complete all the proper forms and submit them with medical or professional diagnosis.

  • Start planning early so that you’re able to take the tests when you’re ready.

Note that, regardless of your disability, you still have to be able to handle the mental and emotional demands of the test.

The GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C., defines specific disabilities, such as the following, for which it may make special accommodations, provided the disability severely limits your ability to perform essential skills required to pass the GED test:

  • Medical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or blindness

  • Emotional disabilities, such as schizophrenia, major depression, attention deficit disorder, or Tourette’s syndrome

  • Specific learning disabilities, including perceptual handicaps, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia