Depending on the disability, a student may require the administration of examinations orally, the use of readers and/or scribes, extension of time for exams, a modification of the test formats or other adjustments may be appropriate adjustments. Similar considerations for out-of-class assignments may be warranted in some cases. The objective of such special considerations should always be to accommodate the student’s learning differences, not to water down scholastic requirements. The same standards should be applied to students with disabilities as to all other students in the evaluation and assigning of grades.
DSPS provides alternative testing services for students who have difficulty taking tests. Class tests are taken in DSPS in a distraction-reduced setting under the supervision of DSPS staff members. Accommodations may include extra time, a reader, a scribe, use of a computer, enlarged print, use of assistive and/or other accommodations as determined by and approved by a DSPS counselor or specialist.
For your convenience, Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSP&S) offers an alternative testing location for students with disabilities who require accommodations. This is to assist the instructor with the legally mandated responsibility to provide alternative testing locations and accommodations for students with disabilities. These accommodations may include, but are not limited to, extended time, distraction-reduced environment, reader and/or scribe, as necessary. For students to take their exams in the DSP&S Office, the following conditions apply:
- Students are required to make appointments at least 48 hours in advance to take their classroom exams in DSP&S to allow DSP&S to provide a testing room and appropriate personnel to proctor, scribe and/or read the exam.
- Exams may be emailed as an attachment to email@example.com, dropped off at the DSP&S office by the professor, or sent through campus mail. Exams sent through the campus mail may be lost or delayed. Therefore, DSP&S does not recommend using this method unless absolutely necessary. All tests must include a Testing-Transmittal PDF or Testing-Transmittal Word DOCX. If you are having difficulty filling out or saving the PDF, directions are available here. PDF Troubleshooting
- DSP&S requests faculty to fill out the Testing Transmittal form developed for the instructors’ convenience to outline specific instructions for the exam to be administered.
- If a test arrives in the DSP&S office without written instructions from the professor, DSP&S staff will attempt to contact the professor by telephone or email to obtain instructions. If this is not successful, the student will be sent to locate the professor either in the classroom or in their office to obtain written instructions. If this is not successful, the exam will then be held until we are able to make contact with the professor for clarification.
- DSP&S staff will proctor all exams administered at the DSP&S Office.
- Completed exams will be sealed in an envelope and will either be delivered or held in the DSP&S locked file cabinet until the professor picks up the exam as per the instructions on the Testing Transmittal.
- Quizzes are subject to the same process and procedures as outlined for exams above. For Pop Quizzes please call our office to make prior arrangements so we can accommodate the student.
We appreciate your cooperation and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call our office at (562) 908-3420 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.