Students with documented disabilities may be eligible for reasonable and appropriate test accommodations. Accommodations that may be available to students include:
Extended Test Time
Students eligible for extended time receive either 50% or 100% extra (as determined by the Specialist) when taking exams. For example, if the entire class period of 1 hour and 25 minutes is given for an exam, a student eligible for 100% extra time would be given approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes. For a 3 hour final exam, a 50% time extention of approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes would be given to a student.
Separate Testing Location
Students may be eligible to take exams in a quiet, distraction-free location. There are quiet testing rooms available for students to take exams at the Center of Teaching and Learning. Instructors and students may sometimes agree that testing accommodations will be provided by the instructor instead of by CTL staff for instance, because this allows for the students to direct any questions to their instructors. In these cases, instructors are encouraged to find an empty room or quiet space in their department for the student to complete the exam.
Reader for Exams
Some students may be eligible to have exams read aloud to them as determined by their documentation. Readers read aloud the text of the test, and can repeat if requested to, to assist the student in fully hearing the question. At no time does the reader indicate whether or not the answers are correct, give suggestions, or assist the student in determining the proper answer.
The transcriber, or “scribe,” types, hand-writes, or completes “bubble forms” for eligible students. As with the reader, no answers or suggestions are given to the students by scribes.
These tools are provided to eligible students, but not when spelling ability is key to the assessment of success in a course. In other courses, instructors are free to modify assessment instruments to account for a student’s disability(ies).
Students may take exams using assistive computer technology, such as word processing software, screenreader software, voice recognition software or text enlargement. At the time the individual exam is scheduled with CTL staff, the student should make known his/her need for a computer or special software to insure availability.