Accommodations for disabled students

90310882For examinees who are deaf or hard of hearing, signed, captioned instructions videos are available, as well as printed test instructions.

Candidates can request these instructions in writing and timely at the Chief Examiner, as well as interpreted instructions. Candidates who are hard of hearing or deaf, and to who English not their first language, may request for extended time.

These candidates may compose their essays on videotape and later translate this to Standard Written English.

Examinees who are visually impaired or blind, there are GED Test versions in large print, on audiocasette, and in Braille.

They may also use various aid devices such as closed-circuit TV, talking calculators, or visually adaptive devices, and for students who cannot complete standard answer sheets, there are scribes and Braille-writing devices.

Students with Dyslexia are allowed extended time and they can use audiocassette, students with Dysgraphia have extended time and can use a scribe, students with Dyscalculia can use a calculator and have extended time, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) students are allowed extended time, frequent breaks, and can tests in private rooms.

Licensed diagnosticians are required to certify the disability of a candidate, so let’s see who qualify to certify a so-called ‘Disability Type’: there are many School Psychologists, Psychiatrists, professional Learning Disability Psychologists, Educational specialists who are ADHD Disorder Psychologists, Physical Disabilities Physicians, Licensed Professional Counselors, and several specialists in a specific field such as Audiologists Mental Disabilities Psychologists and Psychiatrists.

The fact that for a student English is the second language is not considered a reason for accommodations because of the absence of any disability.

Chief Examiners may allow for the use of several devices and adaptations without prior written consent or approval from a GED Administrator, GEDTS-certified staff, or GED Testing Service. It is part of the Chief Examiner’s duties to check these devices and materials and make sure that they’re not containing any unauthorized or illegal testing aids. Chief Examiners can allow:

  • Colored transparent overlays. These are devices that are resembling tinted overhead transparencies, and are commonly used by visually impaired individuals and students who have difficulty to decode symbols and written words.
  • Highlighter and clear transparent overlays. The combination of a highlighter and untinted, clear overlays may be used by candidates who are using a highlighter when they’re reading. Highlighting occurs on the clear overlays and is protecting the testing booklet from getting marked. Every overlay that;s used must be collected after each test session.
  • Temporary adhesive, such as Post-It Notes, that indicate spatial directions. Temporary ‘sticky’ notes may be placed to their answer sheets by students with spatial disorientation. A student may, for example, flag the answer sheets for bottom, top, left, and right.
  • Earplugs, Students may be allowed to use earplugs as a concentration aid. There are quite a few bigger and busy GED test centers where earplugs are routinely distributed among all candidates.
  • Large Print Testing. Students may request to the Examiner to be allowed to use large print editions of the GED test yet under regular time limit. All GED test Centers are recommended to order at least one (but preferably more) large print versions for this purpose every year.
  • Magnifying Glass. During testing, examinees may use their preferred type of magnifying device. At regular testing sessions, when a candidate is using a magnifying glass, the Examiner must place those candidates in such a way that other candidates cannot see their test materials.
  • One Test A Day. Students can take one test a day if the Chief Examiner allows them to do so. Today, this option is no longer needed as the 2014-Series of the GED exam is modular. Students may take one of the four sub-tests (modules) whenever they feel ready to do so, but within a 2-year time frame.
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