Exam Prep

Test-Takers with Disabilities or Health-Related Needs

In addition to assistance for test-takers with financial need, ETS aims to provide a comfortable, accessible testing location for all GRE test-takers.

Available Accommodations

The ETS urges prospective test-takers to review the available accommodations for exam dates. Please note that approved accommodations are provided free-of-charge:

  • Extended time: Each section may be increased by 50% or 100%.
  • Additional breaks: These are not included in the total testing time allotment.
  • Computer-adaptive services: Those taking the computer-based test may receive: an ergonomic keyboard; a keyboard with a touchpad; screen magnification; adjustable background and foreground colors; and a trackball.
  • Assistance: Individuals may provide reading or writing services for those who cannot perform these tasks independently. Deaf or hearing-impaired test-takers may bring an oral interpreter, and/or may receive a printed copy of spoken instructions if they are taking the paper-based exam. Likewise, blind or visually impaired test-takers may request a Braille slate/stylus and/or a Perkins brailler.
  • Minor accommodations: These include customized lighting, an adjustable chair/table, or a seat cushion.
  • Excused accommodations: Some accommodations do not require pre-approval, such as canes, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, hearing aids, and heart monitors.

Additionally, alternate exams are available for GRE general tests in the following formats:

  • Braille
  • Large-print test book and/or large-print answer sheet
  • Recorded audio cassette
  • Recorded audio with tactile figure supplement or large-print figure supplement
  • Computer-voiced with tactile figure or large-print figure supplement (for U.S. exams only)

How to Request Accommodations

At the time of registration, applicants must submit a supplemental accommodation request form indicating which services they would like to receive, as well as any required documentation (requirements vary by individual disability or health-related issue). Please note that all requesting individuals must complete parts I (‘Applicant Information’) and II (Testing Accommodations Requested) in order to be considered eligible for an accommodation.

If the accommodation request is approved, test-takers will receive a message from ETS verifying the approval and indicating the testing center where the exam will be held. Applicants should allow up to three weeks for the process to be completed.

If, for some reason, the testing location cannot accommodate the test-taker, then ETS will reschedule their exam at no extra charge.

For individuals who wish to take the GRE more than once and require an accommodation, official requests are considered valid for two years. You will not need to re-notify ETS each time you retake the exam, just bring your documentation with you on each exam day.

Dealing with Denied Requests

If an accommodation request is denied, then the applicant will receive a written explanation from ETS. Rejection does not necessarily mean the individual will have to reapply; in some instances, previously submitted materials may be supplemented with additional items in order to modify the request and have it be reconsidered. If you feel like you’ve been wrongfully denied, ETS encourages applicants to work with their Disability Services personnel to work on reversing the decision.

Contact ETS Disability Services

  • Phone: 1866-387-8602
  • Email: stass@ets.org
  • Mail: ETS Disability Services – P.O. Box 6054; Princeton, NJ 08541

Scoring

In most cases, score outcomes will not be affected by a test-taker’s disability, health-related issue, or accommodation. However, under some rare circumstances, the scorecard may include a statement that notes the exam was conducted under “nonstandard testing conditions.”

One example might be an exam with one or more sections that could not be completed due to a disability or health-related reason. Otherwise, the score report will make no mention of the test-taker’s accommodation or medical condition(s).

Prospective GRE-takers with a disability and/or health-related issue should thoroughly review the Guide for Test Takers With Disabilities, available online from ETS.