The most common test taking accommodations are: a specified amount of additional time, a distraction reduced testing location, questions read out loud by the proctor, and transcription of student's verbal answers. Educational Support Plans are made for individual students who use particular accommodations which can offset a negative influence of their self-disclosed, document-supported barrier. The objective is not to raise the potential of success. The objective is to ensure that a test is measuring the student's knowledge and skills, versus measuring how the disability impacts the test taking event.
General Test Protocols
- The student provides documentation to confirm there is a substantial need for test accommodations.
- An Educational Support Plan is collaboratively created to show what accommodations the student may have.
- The student receives an Accommocation Notification Memo that identifies the accommodations.
- The student gives the professor a copy of the Memo showing the need for test accommodations.
- The student makes an outward request each time the test accommodation is wanted, on a per test basis.
- The professor elects to unilaterally give the test with the accommodations, or can refer the student to Ability Services so the test can occur there. The professor contacts Deb Morgan if it seems the accommodation is inappropriate.
- If referred to Ability Services, the student fills out an Accommodated Test Request Form and asks the professor to sign it. The student delivers the form to Ability Services a minimum of one week prior the scheduled test.
- Ability Services uses the information on the form to make plans for the test.
- If Ability Services administers the test, professor makes decision regarding how the test is transported.
Note: It's highly recommended that inter-campus mail should not be used to send a test to Ability Services; generally a test that's sent that way doesn't arrive on time and it's difficult for the staff to track it down within the campus mail system.
Routine Testing Proctoring Protocols at Ability Services
- Students should deliver Accommodated Test Scheduling Forms to the office 5-business days in-advance of a test date during the regular part of a semester. For a final exam it should be delivered by the student 2 weeks in-advance.
- Tests take place in small rooms and cubicles
- Tests are monitored by video camera and recorded, unless the proctor is actully physically present to read questions out loud and/or transcribe the student's verbal answers
- Students are asked to have nothing on the table, except the test and any thing that's necessary to write the answers.
- Ability Services never leaves a test unattended and when the office is closed its in a locked file cabinet
Link to Directions for Test Accommodations
Note: If you have questions, comments, or concerns on this subject, contact Deb Morgan.