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Requesting Testing Accommodations - GED® Testing in Maryland


The purpose of accommodations is to provide candidates with full access to the GED® test. However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion. GED® Testing Service provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations.

Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis. Consequently, no single type of accommodation (e.g. extra time) would necessarily be appropriate for all individuals with disabilities. Simply demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not mean that the person is automatically entitled to accommodations.

Test-takers seeking accommodations will register at http://www.ged.com. During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes,” when asked whether they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting, “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information regarding where to submit their accommodations request, including a link to the accommodations website.

GED Testing Service will make all accommodations decisions. Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days. If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED® Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team. If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures.

Testing with prior approved accommodations

Accommodations approvals are generally valid for one year, regardless of whether the test-taker takes the GED® test in 2013 or 2014. If a test-taker was approved for accommodations by the jurisdiction prior to 2014, the test-taker should go to the accommodations website and complete the Accommodations Transfer to 2014 form. Once GED Testing Service receives this form, the jurisdiction will be contacted for confirmation of prior approval and the test-taker will be notified of her or her next steps. 

Note: Candidates approved for accommodations cannot schedule their GED® test with accommodations online; they will get an email with instructions to contact the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling Team.