Academic Accommodations for the GRE

If you are about to take the GRE and are worried about your performance, or have taken it and not done so well, then you have come to the right place to find the most up to date assistance for this oft anxiety inducing test. Frequently, when a student has anxiety concerning the GRE, it is because they have a history of test anxiety, attention problems, or less than stellar performance on previous standardized exams. Despite these struggles and concerns, you have made it this far in college and you are hoping to get into a graduate program. So why not clarify whether you may need academic accommodations, such as extended test time, that may compensate for test taking weaknesses? Our company can provide those answers.

About the GRE

The Graduate Record Exam or, “GRE,” is the standardized test thought to assess the intellectual and academic skills that are necessary to gain entry into most master’s and doctoral programs. A doctorate in psychology, history, or English, a master’s degree in nursing or counseling, or becoming a Physician’s Assistant, these are a few examples of the types of programs that utilize a student’s GRE score as one component of the admissions process. The GRE is comprised of a 60 minute analytical writing section, a 70 minute quantitative section, and a 60 minute verbal section (as well as one unscored multiple choice section). The test is typically computer administered and students get a one minute break between each section and an optional 10 minute break after the 3rd section.

Even great test takers can struggle on standardized tests like the GRE. The tests are often the last major hurdle in the admissions process and they can mean the difference between your dream graduate program or settling for a middle of the road graduate school. Sometimes you may have had a poor semester and lack a good GPA; thus, your GRE score is crucial to gain entry to graduate school.

Reasons You May Be Struggling to Achieve

The pressure to do well and achieve optimal performance is immense for everyone, but what if you’re a student who struggles with test anxiety, attention problems, visual processing issues, or simply repeated and inexplicable poor performance on big exams? For students with issues that affect test performance there are accommodations available if you have an accurate diagnosis, a properly formatted report, and your request for accommodations is submitted correctly. Bryce Gibbs PhD offers psychoeducational assessment batteries and follow-up consulting that can reliably achieve the above goals.

Typical Outcomes from a Psychoeducational Evaluation

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

Once you have been assessed and properly diagnosed then we can create a report that will assist you in acquiring academic accommodations with ETS (the company that owns the GRE).

Typical Academic Accommodations for the GRE:

  • Extended time (e.g., time and a half) on all test sections
  • Increased number of breaks during the test administration
  • Screen magnification and selectable foreground and background colors

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 Assessment. Our assessments are accurate, quick, and effective in helping prospective graduate students acquire deserved accommodations. We also assist with the complicated accommodations request process and will ensure that your paperwork is submitted to ETS in a timely and correct manner.


At Bryce Gibbs PhD & Associates, our founding clinicians have assessed college students for over 20 years, interacting with state offices and testing companies including GRE. 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 GRE 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.

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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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