GMAT Unveils Study Guide Series for the Visually Impaired
Last week, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) announced the release of a new series of test-prep books in a digital talking book format designed to help the visually impaired and people with reading-based disabilities prepare for the GMAT.
The new digital talking books will provide content identical to the material found in the printed GMAT study guides published by GMAC, and is based on an international standard for delivering printed material to people with visual impairments.
“GMAC is committed to helping anyone interested in business education achieve their dreams regardless of the disabilities they may face,” says Kendra Johnson, director of GMAT test accommodations for the Council. “We are very excited to be able to tap the latest advances in accessible technology to make our GMAT study guides available to people with visual impairments.”
The computerized study guides feature several innovations designed to help visually impaired people prepare for the GMAT exam.
- A synthesized voice can be commanded to read any portion of text in the guides and employs advanced technology to provide audio descriptions of quantitative material and geometric figures.
- The talking books enable people to control the speed of the computer’s voice.
- Users can magnify text and images to multiple times their normal size.
“Every person who wants to pursue a graduate management education is our top priority,” says Dave Wilson, president and chief executive officer of GMAC. “This series of talking books reflects our dedication to matching people with opportunities for them to grow and succeed, no matter the challenges that may stand in the way.”
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