What must I submit in order to request GMAT® accommodations?A completed GMAT Exam Accommodation Request Form (found on mba.com under “Register as a Test Taker with Disabilities”).
Documentation appropriate to your disability, as described in the following links:
Is my disability information kept confidential?Your disability status and medical documents are treated as confidential as described more fully in the Privacy Statement that is included on mba.com. Various service providers help review GMAT exam accommodation requests. These service providers are subject to strict confidentiality requirements.
Is there a deadline for submitting documentation for an accommodations request?GMAC encourages candidates to submit accommodation requests well in advance of the date when they wish to sit for the GMAT exam. Every effort will be made to respond to your request within 16-20 business days of its receipt. However, the process may take longer, especially if all documents are not submitted together in a single package, if additional documentation is needed, or if you are requesting reconsideration of a prior accommodations decision.
Should I register for the test before I request an accommodation?No. A standard testing appointment cannot be changed to an accommodated testing appointment, and you cannot register for an accommodated testing appointment until and unless we approve your accommodation request. If we approve your request, we will give you directions at that time as to how to schedule accommodated testing appointments.
Do I have to pay the test fee to request an accommodation?No, do not submit payment with your accommodation request. If your request for accommodations is approved, you will be asked to pay for each accommodated testing appointment when you are ready to schedule it.
Will I receive confirmation that my application has been received?Our data processing center requires one to four business days to upload documents into our secure database. Once documents are uploaded, our data processing center will send you confirmation that your materials have been received. We recommend that you fax your materials to us using a fax that provides confirmation of the number of pages sent and confirms the legibility of the fax.
If there is a problem with my documentation, will you contact my evaluator?No. You will be notified in writing if additional documentation is required. It is your responsibility to provide all necessary documentation to GMAT Disability Services.
My medical/clinical documentation is not in English. Is it necessary for me to provide a written translation of the documentation?Yes. In order for your application to be reviewed, a word-by-word English translation must be submitted, along with the original documentation for our validation.
Will my GMAT® Score Report reflect that I received accommodations?No. Score reports do not indicate whether a test was taken with accommodations.
I have taken the GMAT® exam with accommodations in the past and want to take it again. What disability documentation do I need to submit?If your prior request for GMAT test accommodation(s) was approved within the last two years and your documentation is still current, you may request the same accommodation(s) without resubmitting your documentation. Simply complete the GMAT Exam Accommodation Request Form and submit via postal mail or fax to Pearson VUE, Attn.: GMAT Disability Services. Requests to retake the GMAT exam with the same accommodations are usually processed within 5 business days.
I was approved for accommodations previously, but my approval letter has expired. Can I request an extension?You may request an extension of your accommodations by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that some clinical conditions can change over time. In such instances, updated documentation may be requested before an extension of the previously approved accommodations is granted.
How is eligibility for test accommodations determined?GMAC uses the guidelines provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, to provide reasonable test accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities. Under the ADA, a "disability" is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits your ability to perform one or more major life activities, as compared with most people in the general population. Under ADA guidelines, you could have a diagnosed condition that does not rise to the level of a disability. In addition to reviewing your supporting documentation, GMAC will evaluate the reasonableness of the requested accommodations and their effect on the psychometric integrity of the GMAT exam.
How can I demonstrate that I meet the ADA’s definition of disability?You should provide both objective evidence (e.g., a professional assessment) and subjective evidence (your own self-report, clinical observations, etc.). The documentation should show substantial limitation when compared with most people from the general population.
I was diagnosed with a disability by a medical/psychological professional. Will I automatically be granted accommodations?No. A diagnosis alone does not qualify you for accommodations. You must adequately document:
The existence of an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity
The current impact of your impairment and how it affects your ability to take the computer adaptive GMAT exam under standard conditions
A rationale for why the requested accommodations are appropriate in light of your impairment(s)