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Blind, Legally Blind or Low Vision

Documentation Criteria for the Blind, Legally Blind or Low Vision

If you are blind or legally blind, you do NOT need to submit documentation if you are submitting a Certification of Eligibility: Accommodations History and you are requesting only accommodations from the list below.

  • Screen magnification
  • Selectable background and foreground colors
  • Braille
  • Large print (test book and/or answer sheet)
  • Computer-voiced (GRE® revised General Test only)
  • Audiocassette or CD recording
  • Reader
  • Scribe
  • Braille slate and stylus
  • Perkins brailler
  • 50 percent extended time (time and one-half)
  • Extra break(s)

If you are blind or legally blind, a request for 100 percent extended time (double time) does not require documentation if you are submitting a Certification of Eligibility: Accommodations History and you are requesting braille, a reader, audio recording, or the computer-voiced GRE revised General Test.

Documentation Guidelines for Blindness and Low Vision

NOTE: Many individuals with visual impairments can apply for accommodations on ETS tests WITHOUT submitting documentation of their disability.

For those who DO need to submit documentation of a visual impairment, the ETS Vision Documentation Statement has three parts:

  • Part 1 is to be completed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Part 2 is to be completed by the disability services provider or other qualified professional.
  • Part 3 is to be completed by the test taker with a disability.

The Vision Documentation Statement must:
a. be completed by a qualified evaluator, usually an optometrist or ophthalmologist (Part 1). Professionals conducting assessments, rendering diagnoses of visual impairments, offering clinical judgments, and making recommendations for accommodations must be qualified to do so.

  • Include the name, title, and credentials of the qualified professional writing the report.
  • Include a diagnosis, a description of current functional limitations, a history, and any relevant current medical information. 
    b. reflect current functional limitations (Part 1; also parts 2 and/or 3, as appropriate). 
    c. include specific recommendations with a rationale based on objective evidence (Parts 2 and 3; Part 1 if appropriate). Establish a link between the requested accommodations or devices and the visual impairment that is pertinent to a standardized testing situation. See section V, D of the policy statement.