By Michael Ormsby
The GED® diploma gives adults who didn’t graduate high school the opportunity they need to qualify for college and for more and better jobs. Taking and passing the GED test, though, can be difficult for people with disabilities. If you have a disability, it shouldn’t stop you from taking the GED test and showing what you know. The GED testing Service® provides special test-taking accommodations for GED students with many types of disabilities.
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Most people think of physical disabilities, when they think of test-taking accommodations. GED test locations provide accommodations for people with many types of disabilities, though, including physical disabilities, emotional and mental health disabilities, learning disabilities, and ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). GED test locations can provide extended time, an audiocassette version, a braille test version, a calculator for the second math test, a talking calculator for the entire math test, a private room, supervised frequent breaks, or other accommodations specific to the disability. A qualified professional, such as your doctor, will need to provide documentation of your diagnosis and needs.
One of the most common disabilities is ADHD, or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD can often go undiagnosed, and cause people to perform poorly in school. People suffering from ADHD may drop out because school is so difficult when you can’t concentrate, focus, or sit still. To get accommodations for ADHD when taking the GED test, you’ll need information from a psychiatrist, medical doctor, or psychologist who specializes in ADHD, along with information about your history and symptoms. You’ll need to take a test of attention, like the TOVA Gordon Diagnostic Battery. The GED Test accommodations you can receive (such as frequent breaks or extra time) will be based on your symptoms, and how they’ll limit you during the test.
Accommodations may also be given for learning disabilities, such as dyslexia (reading disabilities), dysgraphia (writing disabilities), or dyscalculia (math disabilities). For these types of disabilities, you’ll also need a diagnosis from a doctor, who will need to report your scores on tests for learning and cognitive disabilities.
Talk to your doctor if you feel you need accommodations. Discuss what tests you may need to take, and whether you need to see a specialist.
Even with accommodations, passing the GED test may be difficult for people with disabilities. Studying and preparing to get a GED diploma can be difficult. The GED Academy strives to make its online GED courses as accessible as possible for students with disabilities. Go to the GED Academy website at http://www.passGED.com to learn more about our online GED programs, and how they’re designed to help everyone learn.
To get GED® test-taking secrets, check out the GED guide GED Smart. The GED Academy is your source for GED online resources and GED classes online. Try a free GED practice test online or a sample free GED class.
Michael Ormsby is the president of the GED Academy and oversees software and curriculum for adult learners and people with educational challenges. For more information, visit passGED.com. Michael can be contacted by telephone at 800-460-8150.