I hope all is okay as you get used to life with Type 1. The GRE is totally doable with diabetes, as long you as you plan in advance! Contact ETS (they have a department just for medical accommodations) and get in touch with your endocrinologist. It's a fairly straightforward process of getting accommodations as long as you file the appropriate paperwork. What they do on the day of the exam is they put you in your very own room (just you and you alone!) which has a big window and a proctor looks in on you for the duration of the exam, but you will be allowed to stop the clock and pause the exam whenever you want to go to the bathroom, eat a snack, drink some juice, test your blood sugar etc. I didn't request extra time, but surely since you are newly diagnosed, if you feel you need double time, or time and a half, absolutely have your endocrinologist put that in the letter when asking for the breaks, etc. Something like, "Because Ciaran has been recently diagnosed ... extra time will be required ...."
I actually just found in my email the letter my doctor wrote to ETS 4 years ago. I'm going to copy it in below my signature.
Actually a perk for having accommodations (you should clarify this is still true) is that there is no extra experimental section with accommodations. So every section counts, and the exam is about 30 minutes or so shorter.
Let me know if you have any other questions -- I'm here!
To Whom It May Concern:
_____ has type 1 (juvenile, insulin-deficient) diabetes mellitus. The goal of her treatment with an insulin pump is to keep her blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Blood sugars are constantly changing and therefore it is difficult, despite good management, to maintain blood sugars in the expected target range. High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) as well as low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can cause inability to concentrate, dizziness, headache, fatigue, blurred vision and weakness. I am writing to request that she be given additional time for breaks during the GRE as she may need the additional time to attend to the medical demands of her diabetes.
It is necessary for _____ to always have with her: juice, glucose tablets, and snacks (to treat a low blood sugar), water, a blood sugar monitor, her continuous glucose monitor (CGM) receiver, glucose test strips, lancets and lancing device. Please note, she will be wearing her insulin pump and continuous glucose sensor during the exam, and will need to check the CGM receiver during the exam to assess her blood sugar control.
If necessary she should have time to recover from a low blood sugar and be allowed to have bathroom breaks in case of high blood sugar.
Additional time for learning and test taking helps the patient with diabetes take the appropriate steps to control blood sugars and optimize their performance. Therefore it is necessary to allow for extended break time during exams to use the bathroom, get a drink or to treat hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia without penalty.
_____ is doing an excellent and responsible job caring for this difficult and challenging disease. I thank you in advance for providing her with the time to also excel in her academic pursuits while also performing the necessary self-care tasks demanded by her diabetes.
Please feel free to contact me for additional information.