How to Take the GMAT with a Disability

As the world’s fastest-growing GMAT prep company, we often receive questions from test takers who want to know how they can take the GMAT with a disability. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organization that runs the GMAT, is committed to providing access to the exam to test takers with a variety of disabilities. While it can be hard to find, GMAC has a page on its web site that contains most of what you need to know if you have a disability and are considering taking the GMAT.

That page provides a general overview of how to register for the exam and request specific accomodations if you have a disability. Also, be sure to read this document: Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities. GMAC will accomodate you if any of these disabilities apply to you:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Physical or Systemic Disabilities
  • Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Deafness or Hard-of-Hearing Disabilities
  • Blindness or Low-Vision Disabilities

If you fall into one of the above camps, GMAC and Pearson VUE (the company that runs the test centers where you will take the GMAT) can make a variety of accommodations. including giving you more time on the exam (up to 100% more time), extended rest breaks during the exam, a reader who can read test questions aloud to you, or enlarged fonts on the computer screen. Overall, GMAC wants the GMAT to measure your true ability, and does not want it to be clouded by a disability that you may have.

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