Exam accommodations approved by the Office of Disability Services (ODS) are adjustments that are made to provide access to course assessments for students with disabilities. These accommodations address barriers related to time limits, testing environment, testing format, and specific student needs. Reasonable exam accommodations are individually determined based on the specific academic environment, the course objectives, and the student’s disability profile.
Prior to utilizing exam accommodations, students are to 1) provide the Faculty Notification Letter to the instructor and 2) meet with and discuss the provision of accommodations with the instructor.
Accommodations can be facilitated by the faculty member, the academic department, or through the Office of Disability Services Testing Center. Students may discuss their preferred testing location with their professors; however, faculty members make the final decisions about where the exam will be accommodated. If the Testing Center is to be utilized, students will be expected to schedule their exams accordingly. Students may review the full guidelines here.
Common Exam Accommodations
Below are some common exam accommodations that students may be eligible for. Please note that all accommodations must first be approved by a disability services coordinator.
- Extended Time. Students may receive extended time on timed assessments that are intended to be completed in a single session, such as tests, quizzes, midterms, and final exams.
- Quiet, Low-Distraction Test Area. Students may take exams in a reasonably quiet testing environment that has limited interruptions. Tools that may help further reduce distractions may include noise-cancelling headsets, ear plugs, study carrels, etc.
- Paused Test Breaks. Students may take up to 10 minutes of break time per hour of testing, and the timer will pause for up to 10 minutes for these breaks. Students may use the restroom, walk around, stand/stretch, or eat a snack, but they may not leave the building. Students may not work on their exam during these breaks, and they may not access their personal belongings or devices during this time.
- Ability to Take Breaks. Students may be permitted to step away from their exam to use the restroom, walk around, stand/stretch, or eat a snack, but they may not leave the building. Students may not access their personal belongings or devices during this time. The timer does NOT stop for these breaks.
- Use of Calculator. Students may use a simple, 4-function calculator.
Please use the following links to access additional information regarding the Office of Disability Services and its testing center.