ETS Research Study

Are you 18+, visually impaired, and need to take the GRE?  Read on:

From the mailbag:

Educational Testing Service (ETS) is seeking blind and low vision adults 18 years or older who are currently in their senior year of undergraduate school and plan to attend graduate school or who have obtained a college degree and are actively pursuing graduate school to participate in a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) usability study. The study will examine the accessibility and usability of the GRE exam for screen reader users and screen magnification users. This research study will help ETS improve the accuracy and fairness of assessments for students with visual disabilities. This is an evaluation of the methods (formats) of testing, not of the participant’s ability. Participants who are blind should have at least a working familiarity with JAWS 18 and be Braille readers. Those participants who are low vision should have at least a working familiarity with ZoomText. Participants should have plans to take the GRE within the next 12 months.   The study will take place over two days. On the first day participants will take a complete GRE testing session, estimated to take 3 hours and 45 minutes plus time and a half if requested by the participant. During their testing session participants will be asked to provide feedback on any usability and accessibility issues they encounter. There will also be a break from testing for a lunch break. On the second day of the study, participants will take part in a focus group discussion related to their experience taking the GRE. As a thank you, participants will each be paid $1000 for their participation. Travel, lodging, and meals will be covered by ETS.   This study has been approved by the ETS ethics board. Individuals who meet the inclusion criteria and are interested in participating in the study should contact Carlos Cavalie at ccavalie@ets.org.

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