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Taking the GMAT with Disabilities

Are testing accommodations available for the GMAT for differently able individuals?  YES!  GMAC says on their website: “The Graduate Management Admission Council strives to make its products and services accessible to as broad a user base as possible.”  The modern business world is a highly diverse place, and the kinds of intelligence and intuition needed for success in the business world can be expressed in a wide variety of ways!



This page on the GMAC website explains everything you need.   GMAC represents five categories of disabilities

1. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

2. Learning & Cognitive Disorders

3. Physical & Systemic Disorders

4. Psychological Disabilities

5. Sensory Disabilities (Vision & Hearing)

For any of this conditions, a qualified test taker can request accommodations.  Obviously, one cannot simply claim “I have X” and expect them to take you at your word: all claims must be accompanied by the documented statement of a relevant health professional.



GMAC will ask you to fill out the GMAT Test Accommodation Request Form.  Once submitted, GMAC promises that it will return a decision in four weeks, although apparently many decisions only take 7-10 days.   Plan accordingly: if you know you want to take your GMAT in, say, two months, don’t procrastinate on completing and submitting this form with all the necessary medical documentation.

If you have further questions, please consult GMAC’s Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities.



If you are even contemplating a GMAT, I assume that you have already completed a college education and already are contributing in the corporate world.  You have done all of this with whatever challenges you face.  As that truly brilliant woman Helen Keller said, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  I wish you the greatest success on the next step of your daring adventure.

If you have anything you would like to add, or any questions, please let us know in the comments section below.


About the Author

Mike McGarry is a Content Developer for Magoosh with over 20 years of teaching experience and a BS in Physics and an MA in Religion, both from Harvard. He enjoys hitting foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets. Follow him on Google+!

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