Can Students with Disabilities Take the GED?

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Students with disabilities who want to pursue the GED exam have several options available to them. This article explains how students with vision, hearing, or learning disabilities can still take the GED.
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A disability is no reason to miss out on higher employment or education opportunities. The GED (General Education Development) test is available to students with all types of disabilities or disadvantages.

Before students can apply for special accommodations, they will need to present documentation of disabilities to the test administrator. The GED Testing Service ( suggests submitting accommodations requests at least 60 days prior to your desired test date. Requests for accommodations can be submitted on the GED registration page,

The GED Testing Service (GEDTS) provides the following list of potential accommodations:

  • Audiocassette
  • Braille edition
  • Large-print or screen-magnification
  • Calculator
  • Scribe
  • Extended time
  • Stop-the-clock breaks
  • Separate or distraction-reduced room

As not everyone's needs are the same, the GEDTS website offers a variety of accommodation request forms, including:

  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning and Other Cognitive Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Psychological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Physical Disorders and Chronic Health Conditions

Finally, individuals requesting accommodations can find the necessary verification forms on the GEDTS site as well.

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