All GED testing centers, and all GED testing operations, need to be in compliance with all requirements of the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. All GED testing need to be offered in places that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, and in a way that they can freely take the GED tests. This implies that all GED testing sites need to be ADA-accessible, and this also means that testing sites must provide accommodations to all persons with documented disabilities. If candidates want to receive accommodations, they need to timely submit a request form that includes proper documentation (from a qualified diagnostician).
If the request is valid and done within the proper time frame, the State GED Administrator will grant approval for the accommodations. A GED Examiner may not be providing accommodated GED testing to an applicant if he doesn’t have prior permission from the Kentucky GED office, as providing any accommodations without holding prior approval may lead to closure of the GED testing site. There are, though, accommodations that do not require prior approval, for example providing large print versions of the GED test at regular testing time, and in doubt, please contact a GED testing site near you to learn all about their possibilities and accommodation policy. You can find a full list of GED testing sites in Kentucky here.
GED testing centers are required to provide accommodations to all applicants that are granted approval for their accommodations by Kentucky’s GED Office. After the student has received approval for his or her testing accommodations, the candidate and the Examiner together should schedule a suitable test date. Kentucky regulations demand that that the Examiner schedules the accommodated test session within six weeks after the applicant requests the testing session, and testing sites are prohibited from charging a candidate with any sort of fee on top of the standard fee for an accommodated GED testing session.
Testing accommodations do in no way ensure that an applicant will pass the test, the accommodation is merely intended to create a ‘level playing field’ for individuals with documented disabilities. The applicants that are granted accommodations are, just like anyone else, required to meet all Kentucky eligibility requirements, such as passing the Official GED Practice Test, though they may also take this test under the approved accommodations condition.
The Role of the Adult Educator
Adult educators are the best persons to help identify a candidate’s disabilities, and they may use various instructional strategies to support students with disabilities get all set for the GED tests. Educator can inform applicants about which testing accommodations are available on GED testing and help them during the request and approval process.
Educator can also provide all sorts of documentation to support the accommodations request, and this sort of documentation could include the applicant’s history, instructional strategies and materials used for the applicant, and OPT results with and without the requested accommodation. Adult educators may well act as an applicant’s advocate who helps him with completing all sorts of forms, or contact the diagnosing professional for putting the required information on form.
If a disabled applicant does hold copies of the reports from licensed diagnosticians, an advocate, or the educator, may transcribe all requested information onto the proper forms from the original report). He can attach copy of relevant reports to the request, and submit all requested information. GED Testing Service has released several forms for requesting GED test accommodations, and all these forms are specifically addressing the applicant’s disability and are clearly stating what documentation is needed.
The request forms for GED testing accommodations are divided into the following main sections: ADHD (Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), Emotional/Mental Health, Learning & Other Cognitive Disabilities, and Physical/Chronic Health Disabilities.