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Common Testing Accommodations

This page describes some of the accommodations available for test takers with disabilities or health-related needs. If you would like to request accommodations other than those listed below, you must describe them in Part II of the Testing Accommodations Request Form (in the appropriate Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs).

General Accommodations

Extended Testing Time (all tests are timed)
  • 50% (time and one-half)
  • 100% (double time)
Extra Breaks
  • Breaks are not included in testing time (can be used for medication, snacks, trips to the restroom, etc.)
Accommodations for Computer-delivered Tests Only
  • Ergonomic keyboard
  • Keyboard with touchpad
  • Screen magnification
  • Selectable background and foreground colors
  • Trackball
  • Reader
  • Scribe
Assistance for Spoken Directions Only
  • Oral interpreter or sign language interpreter (only applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing)
Assistance for Note-taking

For applicants who are blind or have low vision:

  • Braille slate and stylus
  • Perkins brailler

Alternate Test Formats

Testing ProgramDescription
For all testing programs
  • Braille (only applicants who are blind or have low vision)
  • Large-print test book
  • Large-print answer sheet
  • Recorded audio (audiocassette for GRE® General Test and TOEFL® tests)
For GRE General Test

For applicants who are blind or have low vision:

  • Recorded audio with tactile figure supplement
  • Recorded audio with large-print figure supplement
For TOEFL iBT® Test only
  • Listening section omitted (only applicants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing)
  • Speaking section omitted (only applicants who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or who have speech disabilities)
  • Extended time for spoken responses (only applicants who have speech disabilities)

Health-Related Needs and Minor Accommodations

"Health-related needs" refers to a variety of medical conditions that impact a major life activity, such as those affecting digestion, immune function, respiration, circulation, endocrine functions, etc. Documented health needs include conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and chronic pain.

Some of these health needs require only minor accommodations. Minor accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • special lighting
  • adjustable table or chair
  • extra breaks for medication or snacks
  • cushion

If you require minor accommodations, you must submit:

  • the appropriate registration form from the Bulletin for the test that you will be taking (see "Registration Form" in the Bulletin Supplement for the test you will be taking)
  • Part I and Part II of the Testing Accommodations Request Form (see "Testing Accommodations Request Form" in the appropriate Bulletin Supplement)
  • a letter of support from a medical doctor or other qualified professional stating the nature of the condition and the reason for the minor accommodation requested (a note on a prescription pad is not acceptable)
  • the appropriate registration fee
    IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PAYMENT: If you prefer to submit your payment online, do not include credit card information on your registration form. Once your application has been received, you will be sent an email with instructions regarding payment options.

Some medical aids do not require approval for accommodations. These aids include but are not limited to:

  • those that are necessary for you to ambulate (cane, crutches, wheelchair, walker, prosthetic limb, service animal) or communicate (hearing aid, voice amplifier)
  • those that are otherwise required for health reasons (heart rate monitor)

If you require these types of medical aids, you do not need to request accommodations.

If you wear an insulin pump, you do not need to request accommodations unless your pump is especially noisy. If the pump is noisy and likely to disturb other test takers, requesting accommodations is a good idea so you can be scheduled in a separate room.

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Bulletin Supplements

Download the Information Bulletin and Bulletin Supplement for your testing program to successfully request accommodations and register.

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