Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities

The ADA mandates the removal of any physical boundaries that might prevent an applicant from taking the GED. Furthermore, this legislation establishes that all candidates for the GED must receive equal treatment regarding their opportunities, regardless of the limitations caused by their learning disabilities.

Physical limitations can include the inability to sit for the exam's extended period of time, to record the exam's answers with a pencil and paper, or to read or hear the instructions of the exam, to name just a few. In addition, an applicant's emotional and psychological disabilities are considered limitations for which applicants must receive accommodation in order for them to sit for the GED exam.

GED applicants must provide documentation regarding their respective disabilities prior to requesting specific accommodations for the exam. Applicants with known disabilities are encouraged first to contact their local GED Test Center for one or more of the following Testing Accommodations forms:

  1. Form: GED Candidate Checklist for Completing Testing Accommodations Request Form(s)
  2. Form 12475: Request for Testing Accommodations - Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  3. Form 6027: Request for Testing Accommodations - Emotional/Mental Health
  4. Form 8051: Request for Testing Accommodations - Learning and Other Cognitive Disabilities
  5. Form 63909: Request for Testing Accommodations - Physical/Chronic Health Disability

These forms can also be downloaded from the ACE’s GED website at:

An applicant fills out the form and sends it back to the Chief Examiner of the GED Test Center, where the request will be reviewed. Next, testing officials will determine the applicant's eligibility and determine the necessary accommodations. The test center staff is trained and ready to provide applicants with assistance in filling out the forms. All information on the form is treated with confidentiality and is used only for determining actual accommodations. Whether or not testing officials approve any accommodations, the applicant does not incur any additional costs to take the exam with accommodations.

Specific accommodations may include a private room for testing, a special audio tape or video tape for hearing or seeing the instructions, sign-language instructors, large print or Braille versions of the exam and instructions, a specific individual to record the answers, extending the time of the exam, supervising additional breaks during the exam, and the use of a calculator or other mathematical type device.

Last Updated: 05/15/2014