Exam Accommodations

Exam accommodations are used for students whose disability requires adjustments to typical, in-class testing. Accommodations are determined for each student every semester. Requests for each service must be supported by appropriate, professional and reasonably current documentation. A particular disability does not determine the accommodation. While students with either the same or different diagnoses may be eligible for and/or utilize a particular accommodation, there is no established "matching" of disability and accommodation...one size does NOT fit all!

 

Exam accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

ALTERNATE TEST FORMATS

Individuals whose disabilities make traditional or common test-taking methods extremely difficult or impossible may be eligible for accommodations such as writing directly on an exam rather than using a Scantron sheet, dictating answers into a tape recorder rather than writing them out, or having an exam printed in large print.

There are several other alternate test formats for which students may be eligible. The use of non-traditional testing methods depends on an individual's disability documentation and must be arranged with the student, instructor, and disability services staff so as not to alter the necessary requirements of a course.

 

EXTENDED TIME

Students who require additional time for processing, or who use other exam accommodations that would take more time (e.g., reader or scribe) may be eligible for extended time for testing. Requests for this service must be supported by appropriate, professional and reasonably current documentation.

 

READERS 

Readers are instructed and trained to read only what is on the printed page. Readers cannot be asked to and/or will not clarify or reword statements. Readers can be asked to repeat information written on the exam. Readers will adjust their reading tone, rate, etc. in order to accommodate the student.

Students approved for this accommodation should try to make requests for readers and/or scribes at least one week prior to a scheduled exam. To request a reader/scribe, please complete the following form and return it to SDS:

Reader/Scribe Accommodation Request Form (PDF)

Reader/Scribe Accommodation Request Form (Word)

 

SCRIBES

Scribes will write down verbatim what is dictated to them. The scribe is not responsible for organizing or paraphrasing thoughts into a final draft. Scribes are responsible for spelling and sentence ending punctuation, although students dictating to the scribe may direct the scribe for any specific spelling or punctuation within sentences. At any time, students dictating to the scribe have the opportunity to review what has been written either by reading it themselves or having it read to them. If there are corrections, the student dictating to the scribe will direct the scribe to make them.

Students approved for this accommodation should try to make requests for readers and/or scribes at least one week prior to a scheduled exam. To request a reader/scribe, please complete the following form and return it to SDS:

Reader/Scribe Accommodation Request Form (PDF)

Reader/Scribe Accommodation Request Form (Word)

 

SEPARATE LOCATION

Individuals who require an environment with fewer distractions, who require the use of a computer, or who use a reader and/or scribe may be eligible for a separate location for completing exams. Separate Locations are currently arranged by faculty. If instructors are unable to find an appropriate location, students may complete their exam in Academic Services - Examination Services.   More information about the services provided by Examination Services can be found at the following link: