Academic Accommodations for the GMAT

If you are reading this page you are probably seeking some answers concerning the GMAT. It may be that you or someone you know is preparing for the test and feel it’s not going well. You may even be wondering if you would qualify for academic accommodations like extended time on test sections or testing in a distraction free room. You may be surprised to know that there are numerous psychological conditions/disorders that may make you eligible for academic accommodations on this daunting high stakes test.

About the GMAT and Business School Acceptance

The Graduate Management Admission Test or, “GMAT,” is the standardized test that is utilized by business schools and schools of finance to help determine admission. The GMAT is vital in determining the tier of business school to which you are admitted. The GMAT is a computer adaptive test comprised of a 30 minute analytical writing section, a 30 minute integrated reasoning section, a 62 minute quantitative reasoning section, and a 65 minute verbal reasoning section. Two optional breaks are permitted during the GMAT.

The GMAT is a tough test that is designed to assess the skills thought to determine success in business and finance graduate programs. Business schools put a great deal of weight on a student’s GMAT score when making an admissions decision. If you want to attend graduate business school, especially a good business school, you must make a good GMAT score.

Making a good GMAT score is challenging for even the best students. The pressure to do well, a short amount of time to complete complex verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests, and the knowledge you’re competing with thousands of other students – the stress is immense. Almost all students will at times suffer from performance anxiety and concentration problems when prepping for and taking the GMAT.

Struggling to Obtain a High Enough GMAT Score?

What if one’s emotional and intellectual functioning seems abnormally impaired? In these instances, gaining a psychoeducational assessment can diagnose the problem, outline a treatment plan, and gain a student deserved academic accommodations.

Typical Diagnoses from a Psychoeducational Assessment

  • ADHD
  • Specific Learning Disorder in Reading (Dyslexia)
  • Specific Learning Disorder in Math (Dyscalculia)
  • Specific Learning Disorder in Writing
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dysgraphia)
  • Auditory and Visual Processing Disorders
  • Emotional Conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder

Once it’s been determined that you suffer from a clinical psychological condition that is affecting academic performance, you can typically use this information to apply for accommodations on the GMAT.

Common Academic Accommodations for the GMAT

In our experience, these are the type of accommodations we see granted for the GMAT for students who qualify:

  • Extended time (e.g., time and a half) on all test sections
  • Increased number of breaks during the test administration
  • Enlarged font on the PC monitor


At Bryce Gibbs PhD & Associates, our founding clinicians have assessed college students for over 20 years, interacting with state offices and testing companies including GMAT. In addition to our unique assessment system that accurately and efficiently outlines a student’s psychoeducational functioning, we produce appropriately formatted reports to submit to for the GMAT that are designed for approval. We utilize specific criteria for determining if an accommodations request is even advised; it is not the optimal solution for everyone. If our screening process determines that you meet the ADA standards for accommodations or modifications, then our psychoeducational assessment reports will typically result in an affirmative request. If academic accommodations are not warranted in your situation, we produce a comprehensive strategy to achieve peak performance tailored to your strengths and weaknesses.

If you or someone you care about is concerned about having one of the conditions described above, and believe that these symptoms are leading to diminished test performance, then please contact us to begin the process of attaining a Bryce Gibbs PhD Psychoeducational Assessment. Our assessments are accurate, quick, and effective in helping prospective law students acquire deserved accommodations. We also assist with the complicated accommodations request process and will ensure that your paperwork is submitted to the GMAT in a timely and correct manner.

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Every Service We Provide Starts With a Psychoeducational Assessment Battery

Your testing process will be supervised by a psychologist and the assessment will begin with a clinical interview to get necessary background info. After, you will be tested by a psychometrician who will administer intellectual, academic, attention, emotion, and personality measures.

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Though ADHD symptoms are easily recognizable in many people, they are not as apparent in high achieving college students who put in grueling hours to achieve their grades, leaving them beleaguered and taxed. These students often lack sleep and are very susceptible to developing anxiety and depressive disorders that compound their ADHD symptoms. For these students, academic accommodations are essential.

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