SDE: GED: Applicants with Disabilities

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How will test-takers request accommodations in 2014?

Test-takers seeking accommodations will register at During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request, which will include a link to the accommodations website


GED® Testing Service will make all accommodations decisions beginning in 2014. Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days. If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED® Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team. If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures. Either way, test-takers will then have the ability to call to discuss the accommodations decision. 


If test-takers indicate “yes” to the accommodations question during registration (they do want to take their GED® tests with accommodations), but they later change their mind and do not want to request accommodations, what should they do?

Test-takers can log into MyGED at and withdraw their intention to apply for accommodations.  


Can candidates schedule their GED® tests with accommodation online?

No. After test-takers are approved for accommodations, they will get an email with instructions to contact the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling Team.  


If a test-taker was approved for accommodations prior to 2014, will the accommodation be valid in 2014?  

Usually. Accommodation approvals are generally valid for one year, regardless of whether the test-taker takes the GED® tests in 2013 or 2014.  


If a test-taker was approved by the GED® jurisdiction for accommodations prior to 2014, how will the accommodation approval “transfer” so GED Testing Service knows about it?  

If a test-taker was approved for accommodations by the jurisdiction prior to 2014, the test-taker should go to the accommodations website and complete the Accommodations Transfer to 2014 form. Once GED Testing Service receives this form, we will contact the jurisdiction for confirmation of prior approval and notify the test-taker of his or her next steps. 


How do Pearson VUE test centers plan for accommodated GED® tests? 

After GED Testing Service approves an accommodation, Pearson VUE’s Accommodations Scheduling Team handles the logistics of all accommodated exams, including scheduling exams with extra time, a private room, a reader or scribe, and all other approved accommodations.


What is the role of the jurisdictional administrator with accommodations in 2014? 

Jurisdictional administrators will largely provide a supportive role for test-takers and the field. This may include steering candidates towards the website and assisting testing centers and adult educators with understanding the application process. 


Do jurisdictions need to keep and maintain accommodation approvals for candidates?

Records prior to 2014 should be maintained by the jurisdiction, but 2014 records and beyond will be maintained by GED® Testing Service.


What accommodations will be available for test-takers in 2014? 

Most of the accommodations available for the 2002 Series GED® Test will still be available with the 2014 GED® Test, including: 25%, 50%, and 100% extended time, stop-the-clock breaks, private room, calculator, scribe, reader, etc. In addition, development is underway for screen reading software to be available for blind test-takers, and zoom/magnification will be available for low-vision test-takers. These enhancements are expected to be available by mid-2014. 

All test-takers will have the ability to alter the color/contrast settings and increase the font size of their exam. These options will be available to all test-takers without the need for accommodations.  The audiocassette test will not be available in 2014.  


What allowances will be available for test-takers who need accommodations for special needs when testing?

Test-takers with approved accommodations will be able to receive those when taking the test.


Is the same color-pattern expected to hold, i.e., blue, green, yellow with white?

The standard blue color palette is shown on the Item Samplers, but test-takers have the choice of a number of different color palettes, in order to provide a visual display that is most comfortable for the test-taker. While the choice of a different color display can be an accommodation for particular test-takers, in general, the color choices are accessibility features and are available to all test-takers.


Is listening to the test in auditory mode an accommodation on the new test? 

Yes. The Screen Reader functionality will be available as an accommodation by approximately mid-2014. Prior to its availability, an individual requiring that accommodation will be provided with a human reader.


Will candidates or jurisdictions have to pay for readers or scribes?

No. Pearson VUE will arrange for these services at Pearson VUE’s expense.  


Are the zoom and background color change features available to all testers or just those with specific accommodations?

Features such as zoom and the screen color palette are accessibility features available to all test-takers, not just those with approved accommodations.


How are learning accommodations applied?

Once an individual has approved accommodations, their testing appointment will reflect those accommodations (including, for example, having a longer testing appointment if extended time is an approved accommodation). The test-taker then will receive most accommodations directly from the computer interface, generally without additional human intervention.


What kind of accommodations will be available for students with learning disabilities?

The same accommodations that are available today are available with the 2014 GED® Test.


For students that qualify for untimed tests, will that still apply in 2014?

No students qualify for untimed tests, currently or in the future. Students may receive an extended-time accommodation if that is warranted and approved, and that accommodation will be automatically administered and time adjusted appropriately by the computer-based testing system.


Will a paper test be available in 2014? 

Yes. This will be exclusively for candidates with a disability that makes the use of the computer impossible. This accommodation is not for comfort, convenience, or a lack of computer skills.


Can test-takers request other computer devices that may assist their ability to access the computer based test? 

Yes. If test-takers have a documented disability and present a need for adaptive equipment (ergonomic keyboard, track ball mouse, etc.), the equipment will be provided by Pearson VUE at no charge to candidates or the jurisdiction.


What type of process will be used for the visually impaired test taker?

Accommodations for the visually impaired are built into the computer-based testing interface. Blind students will still be able to take advantage of 2014

a version of the test in Braille.


Will the test be available in Braille?

Yes, the 2014 GED® Test in Braille format will be available in February.


How will blind students have adaptations?

Students who are blind will be able to take a Braille test, or, if they are not proficient in Braille, will have the test read to them via screen-reader technology. The screen reader accommodation will be available by approximately mid-2014.


If I still have questions, whom should I ask? 

Send an email to A GED® Testing Service representative will get back to you promptly.  

Content Last Modified on 3/17/2014 9:52:27 AM