TAKING THE GMAT WITH DYSLEXIA AND OTHER DISABILITIESOct 22, 2022
Taking the GMAT means putting your higher reasoning skills to the test. The problem is that there is a pretty tight time limit on all sections of the GMAT exam. Some of you may have a certain limitation or disability that keeps you from performing the best way possible. For instance people with dyslexia or dyscalculia might have difficulties finishing the exam due to their condition. Luckily the GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Counsil) can offer accommodations (in accordance with applicable law) to people with a disability.
Besides requesting accommodation for dyslexia or dyscalculia, you can put this request in for an attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder, physical-, psychological-, or sensory disability. First of all, please note that you should not schedule an appointment for a GMAT exam until you receive a decision regarding your request. You start your request by going to MBA.com and creating a profile. On the MBA website you can download the Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities, this handbook (PDF-file) describes all necessities to submit an accommodation request. In this file you can find the GMAT Test Accommodations Request Form (which you are required to fill in) and the Authorization to Disclose Health Information (which is optional). Besides filling these in, you should acquire documents that describe your disability and need for accommodation, evaluated by someone who is qualified to do so. Finally, you need to send all necessary documents to the address as mentioned on the MBA website. Taking a decision about your request may take up to four weeks, so this is something to keep in mind when preparing for the GMAT exam.
This procedure can be pretty demanding. If you don’t want to take the steps as mentioned before, you can contact us for some non-committal advice about your situation.
Depending if you have dyslexia, a physical- or other disability, you are in need of a specific accommodation. For GMAT test takers, who have a documented disability and qualify for an accommodation, these are the accommodations one can apply for:
- More time on the test
- More, or longer breaks from the test
- Having a medical device in the test room
- A trackball mouse
- Someone who reads the questions to you and records your answers
- A larger font on the computer
- A sign language interpreter
There are also some aids, which don’t require an application at GMAC. These exceptions are the following:
- Eyeglasses and hearing aids
- A support pillow for your back, neck or injured limb
- A neck brace or –collar
- An insulin pump (in case it is attached to your body)
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