Cracking the GRE Premium Edition (2016)
Appendix: Accommodated Testing
If you plan to request accommodations, you need a copy of the Testing Accommodations Request Form, which is part of the Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-Related Needs. The Bulletin Supplement is at https://www.ets.org/s/disabilities/pdf/bulletin_supplement_test_takers_with_disabilities_health_needs.pdf, or you can request it by phone at 866-387-8602 (toll-free for test takers in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada) or 609-771-7780. You can also write to:
ETS Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Available accommodations include the following:
- extended testing time (There are no untimed tests.)
- additional rest breaks
- test reader
- sign language interpreter for spoken directions only
- screen magnification
- large print
- audio recording
This is not an exhaustive list. ETS will consider any accommodation requested for a disability or medical condition.
Processing a request for accommodations takes time, so you should submit your request as early as possible (at least six weeks before you intend to take the test). The request must include the following:
- a completed Computer-Based Test (CBT) Authorization Voucher Request form and the proper test fee
- a completed Testing Accommodations Request Form
- a Certification of Eligibility: Accommodations History (COE), which verifies your use of accommodations at your college, university, or place of employment. In some cases, the COE is sufficient to document a disability and can be used in place of sending full documentation to ETS. If you are eligible to use the COE in this way, the documentation on file with the college, university, or employer must meet all ETS documentation criteria. Please see the Bulletin Supplement for details.
- documentation (unless you are using the COE as described above)
○If you have a psychiatric disability, physical disability or health-related need, traumatic brain injury, or autism spectrum disorder, you must submit documentation.
○Documentation must also be submitted if your disability has been diagnosed within the last twelve months, regardless of the accommodations you are requesting.
The documentation you submit must meet the following criteria:
- Clearly state the diagnosed disability
- Describe the functional limitations resulting from the disability
- Be current: within the last five years for a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder, last six months for a psychiatric or physical disability or a health-related need, or last three years for other disabilities. Documentation of physical or sensory disabilities of a permanent or unchanging nature may be older if it provides all of the pertinent information.
- Include complete educational, developmental, and medical history relevant to the disability
- Include a list of all test instruments used in the evaluation report and all subtest, composite, and/or index scores used to document the stated disability
- Describe the specific accommodations requested
- State why the disability qualifies you for the requested accommodations
- Be typed or printed on official letterhead and be signed and dated by an evaluator qualified to make the diagnosis. The report should include information about the evaluator’s license or certification and area of specialization.
If you have a learning disability, ADHD, a physical disability, a psychiatric disability, a hearing loss or visual impairment, a traumatic brain injury, or an autism spectrum disorder, refer to the ETS website at www.ets.org/disability for specific documentation.
ETS will send you an approval letter confirming the accommodations that have been approved for you.
- National Paper-Based Testing (PBT)
When you receive your approval letter, you are registered. The approval letter will identify the testing location and test administrator. If the testing center cannot accommodate your request on the scheduled testing date, you will be contacted by the test administrator to arrange an alternate test date.
- Computer-Administered Testing (CBT)
The approval letter will include instructions that you must follow to schedule your test. Do not schedule a CBT test until you receive your approval letter. When scheduling your test, be prepared to provide the authorization/voucher number and the information contained in the letter.
- Alternate-Format Testing
A representative from ETS Disability Services will contact you to confirm the accommodations approved for you and to schedule your test.