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Why do some students with disabilities need accommodated testing?

Some students with disabilities face barriers in the testing process. The purpose of testing accommodations is to give students equal access to the testing process by altering the test’s administration. These changes can include:

  • Test delivery (e.g. having a reader, Braille, large print)
  • Student’s response method (e.g. having a scribe, using assistive technology)
  • Test Scheduling (e.g. private space, breaks, extended time)

The content or core requirements are not altered; rather, the student is given an opportunity to better demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

How are accommodations chosen?

Accommodations are planned based on the documented disability-related needs of the student and are implemented without compromising academic standards and principles. 

What test/exam accommodations are available to eligible students who are registered with Accessibility and Disability Services?

Accommodations are available to students based on their documentation and their accommodation plan. Possible test accommodations include:

  • Extra time
  • Opportunity for breaks
  • Assistive software (screen reader, magnification software, text to speech, speech to text)
  • Alternate testing spaces
Note: This is a selection of only some of the accommodations available to students. Students must meet with their Student Success Advisor to discuss the impact of their disabilities and to develop an accommodation plan specific to their needs. 

What learning assessments qualify for test and exam accommodations?

This decision will be based on the specific needs of the student and the learning outcomes for the course. This question is best addressed by the instructor, who will consult with the Student Success Advisor as needed.

Can accommodations be used for in-class assignments and projects?

This decision will be based on the specific needs of the student and the learning outcomes for the course. This question is best addressed by the instructor, who will consult with the Student Success Advisor as needed.