Administering Accommodated Exams

We are pleased to be working with faculty in our newly renovated Testing Center!

Administering exams for your students with accommodations

The most common adjustments for students with testing-related accommodations are:

  • Extra test time
  • Reduced-distraction testing environment
  • Breaks that do not count against test time
  • Use of a computer (e.g. word processing, text-to-speech software, speech-to-text software, magnification software, braille)
  • Use of a calculator for those functions not being assessed

Faculty members will want to ensure that the circumstances of the exam being administered to an accommodated student are comparable to those taking the exam in the main classroom. For example, if an accommodated student is seated in a separate room, they must receive announcements, corrections, clarifications, etc. comparable to the other students taking the exam. They must also have the same opportunity to consult the instructor to ask questions.

In addition, guidance is available for accommodating SAS Students for Canvas Exams/Quizzes.

A11y Testing Center and Database Overview

A11y now offers enhanced functionality to support alternative testing accommodations.  The database allows faculty to complete a short online form (the Alternative Testing Contract) to provide the details of the exam(s) for a course. A11y also requires students to schedule their own exams as opposed to faculty needing to coordinate the process. The system protects confidential information about the students while allowing more transparency and communication between the student, the instructor, and the SAS staff.

Students who are approved for testing-related accommodations and want to utilize the testing center can find more details and instructions in the Testing Center Guide for Students.

Faculty who wish to have the A11y Testing Center administer accommodated exams for their students may find step-by-step guidance in the Faculty Guide for the A11y Testing Center. Please note: The A11y Testing Center is available to administer accommodated exams and to assist faculty with the implementation of Alternative Testing accommodations; it does not proctor exams.