[Nfbc-info] The Graduate Records Exam
hobywedler at gmail.com
Thu Jun 16 22:27:19 UTC 2011
I just took the GRE this March and got into the graduate chemistry program
at UC Davis.
Getting accommodations, proving I was blind, and actually getting my
accommodations processed was extremely frustrating.
Here's my advice for you:
1. Make sure that every document cited in the "students with disabilities"
section of the ETS website is filled out and sent in in one envelope.
2. Keep on top of the people in disabilities services at ETS but don't nag
too much as you may not get expedient service if they find you difficult to
3. Ask for as many accommodations as you could possibly need. More is better
and if you don't use all the requested accommodations, so be it. But if you
request the bare minimum, you might find yourself in a pickle trying to ask
for more after your initial packet of paperwork is sent in. Note that the
letter requesting accommodations must be written by a disabilities
specialist in your disabilities department at your current college or
university. Alternatively, it can be written by a vocational rehab
counselor. If you alone write it, they will reject it.
4. Once you are assigned a test location and test date, call the person
administering the examination as soon as possible to make arrangements,
ensure that they received the test in whatever format you choose, etc. They
asked me if I wanted to take a screen reader-accessible computer version
that was in the final stages of testing but logically I opted to take the
Finally, expect the whole process from sending in forms to taking the exam
to take longer than 8 weeks. Mine took 13 weeks from start to test date.
Good luck! Feel free to contact me off list if you have more questions.
-- Hoby Wedler
From: Caroline Buckley&Russell Jones
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:37 AM
To: nfbc-info at nfbnet.org
Subject: [Nfbc-info] The Graduate Records Exam
I am having a blindness related issue and I am wondering if you all can
I am applying for graduate school at California State University San
Bernardino. One of the requirements is that I take the GRE test also known
the graduate record examination.
If I were sighted, I could register for the computer based test today and
Since I am blind, I have to apply for accommodations. The process of
for and getting accommodations can take up to EIGHT weeks before I can
take the test.
I am so frustrated I cannot even say what I really think.
Any comments or suggestions would be much appreciated!
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