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New post 08 Jun 2019, 10:45
Hi All,

If anyone has experience with working with the GMAC, I would like to know how they are with test accommodations. In my undergrad, I received time and a half to take exams because of my sleep disorder idiopathic hypersomnia, which is excessive sleepiness from an unknown cause. My disorder is similar to Narcolepsy. Symptoms include cognitive dysfunction, which includes memory problems, automatic behavior, and difficulties with concentration and attention. I bolded concentration and attention because that is my biggest struggle when I took exams, especially exams that require a lot of reading (CR,RC,SC). So in undergrad, I was allotted extra time to compensate for the lack of concentration and attention.

For anyone that has experienced working with GMAC to get accommodations, or maybe even has a similar cognitive disorder, would the GMAC grant me time and a half for the GMAT for my sleep disorder? I read through the literature regarding accommodations but it was inconclusive to me.

I would appreciate anyone that could help me, or at least guide me to the right resource/person!
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Hi Uwgrad824

Others' experience would be inconclusive to you because each case is different and request different preparations (especially requesting extra-time).
I think you should directly contact GMAC and explain your situation and your demands.
Also, think carefully about alternative options you can request from GMAC in case extra-time is not possible (such as test starting time flexibility & rest time between sections)
https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/before-the-exam/register-for-the-gmat-exam/register-as-a-test-taker-with-disabilities
https://www.gmac.com/service/accommodations/
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My understanding and experience is that GMAC is pretty generous with providing accommodations as long as there is a strong medical trail.

However, the only certain way is to apply and make your case.

Good luck!

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New post 09 Jun 2019, 07:53
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Yes, I have plenty of documentation. Thank you both for your responses! I will start making progress on filling out the appropriate forms! I will post on this thread if I get the accommodations or not. Thank you!

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New post 06 Aug 2019, 05:35
Hi Everyone,

I submitted my application and I was granted 50% more time for the test. It took them over a month to get back to me once I faxed the application. I will post a more detailed explanation of how I did it later this evening, but I am very thankful that they accepted my accommodation request.
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