Remote Testing Accommodations

The most commonly authorized academic accommodation is extended time on timed, in-class assignments, exams, quizzes, and the like.

Altering the Testing Environment

Often, exams are conducted in a separate room, perhaps with a few other students who are receiving extended time. Faculty members should select the room and assure that the circumstances of the exam are comparable to those in the main exam venue.

For example, students in the separate room must receive announcements, corrections, clarifications, etc. comparable to students in the main testing venue, and should have the same opportunity to consult the instructor and ask questions.

Possible Adjustments

  • Extra test time
  • Small group (2-3 students) in a separate room
  • Private room testing with no other students (please provide a clock for student to track time)
  • Breaks that do not count against test time
  • Use of a computer (e.g. word processing, text-to-speech software, speech-to-text software, enlarge print, braille)
  • No penalty for spelling errors
  • Use of a calculator for those functions not being assessed
  • Oral assessment in lieu of typed/written assessment

Testing Center

The Testing Center exists to support students with disabilities and their instructors in ensuring that the reasonable accommodations approved by Student Accessibility Services are met. Please know that the Testing Center will be restructuring its processes in the near future to allow students to schedule their testing needs online.  

Hours of Operation

  • Regular Term Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Finals: Mon-Fri and weekends:  8:00am-7:00pm

Fast Facts for Instructors

  • Scheduling an exam: Seven (7) day advance notice is required.  Even with notice, we cannot always accommodate all seating requests due to seating and staffing limitations.  Instructors, Teaching Assistants or staff supporting classes may schedule exam seating.  
  • Exam Confirmation: Exams must be confirmed by the Testing Center.  You will receive an email confirming or declining your exam based on availability.   We may be able to assist with some of your exam seating but not all.   
  • Exam Drop-off: You must provide hard copies of your exam to the Testing Center at least 24 hours prior to the exam date.   Please arrange a drop of time during normal business hours.
  • Exam Pick-up: You will be notified when exams are ready for pick-up.   You will need to acknowledge that you have received all exams by signing the pick-up form.   The exams will not be released without a signature.
  • Providing Equal Access: Students testing in the Testing Center should have a comparable testing experience to those in the main classroom.   
  • Other Exam Support:
    • If your student requires other disability-related changes in the exam delivery format (document conversion of the exam), please contact assistive.technology@dartmouth.edu
    • If your student requires a scribe or reader for the exam, they may have already been coordinating with SAS. If you have any questions, please contact notetaking@dartmouth.edu.
  • Non-SAS Student Exams: We do not provide testing support to students without disability-related testing accommodations.   

Instructors: To request assistance administering tests for students with disability-related testing accommodations, please download our Testing Center Request Form.

Return your completed request form to: Testing.Center@dartmouth.edu