GED Testing Service Accommodations 

GED Testing Service is committed to ensuring access to the GED® test for all individuals with disabilities and supports the intention of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA). 

Questions? Email accommodations@GEDtestingservice.com

What are accommodations?
What accommodations are right for me?
How do I request accommodations?
What if I already was approved for accommodations for paper based testing?
How do I schedule an accommodated exam?
Get the forms
Supporting Documentation
Appeal a decision
Additional resources

 

WHAT ARE ACCOMMODATIONS?

The purpose of accommodations is to provide candidates with full access to the GED® test. However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion. GED Testing Service provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations. GED® test accommodations may include things such as:

  • A separate testing room
  • Extra testing time
  • Extra breaks

Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Consequently, no single type of accommodation (e.g. extra time) would necessarily be appropriate for all individuals with disabilities. Simply demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not mean that the person is automatically entitled to accommodations.

 

WHAT ACCOMMODATIONS ARE RIGHT FOR ME?

Specific accommodations should be related to the functional limitations. For example, a functional limitation might be the limited use of one’s hands for typing. The appropriate accommodation might be to provide a scribe and/or increase the testing time allowed due to the limitation. It is essential that the documentation of the disability provide a clear explanation of the current functional limitation and a rationale for the requested accommodation. You should work with your doctor or other professionals who know you to determine which accommodations are appropriate for you. All GED® candidates who are requesting accommodations because of a disability must provide appropriate documentation of their condition and how it is expected to affect their ability to take the GED® test under standard conditions.

 

HOW DO I REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS?

Each request for accommodations is considered on a case-by-case basis. You’ll be asked to fill out a Request for Testing Accommodations form based on disability type. In order to apply for accommodations on the computer based GED® test, you must first create a registration account and then proceed with submitting your request for official review. 

Before you Request any testing accommodations, you must complete the following steps:

Create a MyGEDTM account by signing up on www.GED.com or log-in to your MyGEDTM account if you have an active account.

Answer yes on the GED Testing Service Registration form on the last question asking, “Do you need to request accommodated testing conditions for a documented disability?” 

Once the registration form is submitted, you will receive an email indicating where you will submit your accommodations request form and supporting documentation. 

Preparing the Request Form and supporting Documentation for Review:

  1. Read the Documentation Guidelines for Candidates (PDF). Make sure your supporting documentation meets our guidelines. You may want to review your documentation with an advocate, teacher or other professional.
  2. Print a copy of the Accommodations Request Form for your disability and complete section one. You may also be able to obtain the request form from an adult education program offering GED® preparation courses.
  3. Give your evaluator (i.e. doctor, psychologist) a copy of the Documentation Guidelines for Evaluators for your disability. Your evaluator should make sure that the documentation they provide you meets our guidelines. In most cases, your evaluator will be a psychologist or doctor who administered a series of psychological, educational or medical tests with you, and provided you with a copy of a diagnostic report or a detailed letter that you will submit with your request form. 
  4. When you have completed the Accommodations Request Form, submit your completed request form along with the supporting documentation via fax directly to GED Testing Service, as directed on the bottom of the accommodations form. If you plan to test in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, or Yukon Territory, please send to the corresponding address listed here.
  5. The accommodations request decision will be communicated to you from GED Testing Service to your email account provided during the registration process. In most cases, you will hear a decision within 30 days.
  6. If you are not satisfied with the accommodations decision, you may appeal this decision by completing an Appeal Form (PDF) and providing us with additional documentation to review. 

 

WHAT IF I WAS ALREADY APPROVED FOR ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PAPER BASED TESTING?

If you already have been approved for testing accommodations and have tested on paper, email accommodations@gedtestingservice.com and indicate that you would like to test on the computer. In the email, you should include:

  • Your legal name
  • Where you were approved (state or jurisdiction)
  • When the approval occurred (Year and month if known)

If you were approved for modified testing or test accommodations from GED Testing Service® in 2013 for the GED® exam you can request that your approval be transferred to the 2014 GED® exam series here.

If the accommodation approval is still current (within 12 months) we will obtain your past approval letter and email you of when you may proceed with scheduling your computer based exam. If the request is not current, updated documentation and an Accommodations Extension Request Form must be submitted for review.

HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN ACCOMMODATED EXAM?

If you are approved for accommodations, your decision letter will include a number for scheduling your GED® accommodated exam. Accommodated exams must be scheduled by calling in to Pearson VUE Accommodations and Exceptions Scheduling. You cannot schedule a GED® accommodated exam online nor can accommodations be applied to an exam already scheduled.

GET THE FORMS

Instructions for candidates

Click on the accommodations request form you need.

“Intellectual Disabilities” (ID) (PDF)
“Learning and Other Cognitive Disabilities” (LCD) (PDF)
“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” (ADHD) (PDF)
“Psychological and Psychiatric Disorders” (EPP) (PDF) 
“Physical Disorders and Chronic Health Conditions” (PCH) (PDF)
“Request for Testing Accommodations Appeal” (PDF) 
“Request for Extension” (PDF)
“Transfer from PBT to CBT Request”

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

Give the appropriate documentation guidelines below to your doctor or psychologist. 

“Evaluators: ID” (PDF)
“Evaluators: LCD” (PDF)
“Evaluators: ADHD” (PDF) 
“Evaluators: EPP” (PDF)
“Evaluators: PCH” (PDF)

It would be helpful (but is not required) for you to provide additional supporting documentation, such as:

• School records that show participation in special education services 
• Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) 
• Transcripts from middle school or high school 
• Other records that show a history of academic difficulties due to your disability
 

APPEAL A DECISION

You may appeal an accommodations decision if you’re unhappy with the outcome. Please complete the “Request for Testing Accommodations Appeal” and provide us with additional documentation to review. Disability experts review all appeal requests.
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) 
Lower-cost Testing Clinics in the United States (PDF)
Lower-cost Testing Clinics in Canada (PDF)
Personal Items and Minor Modifications (PDF)

Questions? Email accommodations@GEDtestingservice.com.

CANADIAN FORM SUBMISSIONS:

If you plan to test in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, or Yukon Territory, please send to the corresponding address listed below:

Nova Scotia
Click here for more information and to print the appropriate modified testing accommodation form that applies to you. After you and your qualified evaluator and/or diagnostician have completed the appropriate form, please submit to:
GED Testing Service
Department of Labour and Advanced Education
Adult Education Division
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
Please allow up to 30 business days for a decision.

Newfoundland and Labrador
Please submit your Accommodation Request forms and documentation to:
GED Testing
Department of Education
3rd Floor, West Block
Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. Johns, NL, A1B 4J6

Northwest Territories
Please submit your Accommodation Request forms and documentation to:
Bonnie Koslowski
GED Administrator
Department of Education
Government of the NWT
PO Box 1320
Yellowknife, NT XIA 2L9

Yukon Territory
Please submit your Accommodation Request forms and documentation to:
Yukon College
School of Assessment
500 College Drive
P.O. Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5KA

 

 

 Easy Steps to Apply for Accommodations

  1. Create a MyGEDTM account at www.GED.com
  2. Print and complete the accommodations request form for your disability
  3. Attach documentation for your disability
  4. Fax your forms and supporting documents to 202-464-4894

It will take 30 days for GED Testing Service to review your request.