Policies regarding Testing Accommodations should include the following as appropriate to the setting:
The amount of extended time should be carefully considered on an individual basis. The decision as to how much time should be given for testing is subjective and should be supported by documentation in the DSS Office. Although documentation may say "untimed tests," generally untimed conditions are not used in a college setting. Most institutions use time and a half or double time when the amount of extra time is not specified in the documentation.
For students requiring a lot of extra time, a test may be given in
sections. Any part of the test that is read or seen by the student
must be completed in that session. For this reason it is advisable
to give the test in parts if the testing area being used closes at
a given hour.
Although documentation may specify the need for testing to occur in a "distraction-free" area, colleges are required to provide a "reduced distraction" testing environment. It is ideal to have separate rooms near the testing facility that may be used as minimally distracting test areas. Students who use the Kurzweil scanner for tests, for example, benefit from having separate rooms. However, many institutions do not have this kind of space and must use a quiet space that is available. Other options include wearing earphones or facing a wall.
Students should remind instructors or the Testing Center that they
will need a minimally distracting area at least one week in advance
of each test.
Computers should be available for students who need to use a word processing program for writing and editing during testing.
The Testing Center should supply calculators and discs for student use to be sure that they are empty of information.
Students must notify appropriate personnel in advance of each examination if they need these types of accommodations.
Documentation must clearly specify the need to provide an alternative format for testing. One way to alter the format of an examination is to break it down into parts so that the student may take it over a period of time. Other alternative formats include oral administration, increased frequency of exams, or multiple-choice questions in lieu of an essay.
Implementation of this accommodation should be determined on a case
-by-case basis as the student is expected to meet the standards and
essential requirements of the course. DSS, students and instructors
must work cooperatively to determine the appropriate examination format
for each course.
Most institutions use interpreters, readers, scribes, and note-takers.
These services may be performed on a salaried, contractual or voluntary
Training in monitoring reading pace, test security, and inadvertent cuing may be given to personnel who administer exams.
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