Accommodations from GED Testing Service

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). 

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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:

• An audio version of the test 
• A separate testing room 
• Extra testing time 
• Extra breaks 
• Presentation of the material in large print

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.



Specific accommodations should be related to the functional limitations. For example, a functional limitation might be impaired vision, which prevents you from viewing the test in the standard font size. The appropriate accommodation might be a large-print test booklet.

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.



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.

  1. Read the Documentation Guidelines for Candidates (PDF). Make sure the documentation of your disability meets our guidelines. You may want to review your documentation with the GED Chief Examiner™ at your testing center.
  2. Print a copy of the Accommodations Request Form for your disability and complete section one. You can also get a copy of this form from the chief examiner of your preferred testing center.
  3. If you haven't already done so, give your evaluator (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.
  4. Give your Accommodations Request Form to your evaluator and have him/her complete the relevant sections.
  5. When both you and your evaluator have completed the Accommodations Request Form, bring the completed form along with your supporting documentation to your preferred GED® testing center. The chief examiner will review your materials with you.
  6. When you and the chief examiner have put together a complete packet of documentation, the chief examiner will send the materials to the jurisdiction's GED Administrator™. The administrator may forward your file to GED Testing Service for expert review.
  7. The accommodations decision will be communicated to you from the chief examiner at your testing center. In most cases, you will hear a decision within 30 days.
  8. 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. All appeal requests are reviewed by disability experts.

Forms will not be accepted for review until signed by the chief examiner at the testing center. You’ll be notified of the accommodations decision by either the chief examiner or by email.



Find 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)

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

"Evaluators: ID" (PDF)
“Candidates” (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



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.



Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) 
Lower-cost Testing Clinics (PDF) 
Personal Items and Minor Modifications (PDF)
2002 Series Accommodations for Disabilities Brochure (PDF)

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