Finals Week

(updated Spring 2024)

Due to the sheer volume of testing requests and intensity of security, alternative testing during Finals Week is more structured.

It is common for Accessibility Resources to proctor as many as 150 exams during Finals Week. Therefore, the following information is important for alternative testers to remember.

At the bottom of the page are answers to common questions we have received.

Reminder: putting in a testing request through MavAccess is only used for scheduling to take an exam in Accessibility Resources.

  • While you can use the testing center for accommodations like extended time, you are not required to do so here.
    Examples of situations where you may not need to schedule with Accessibility Resources:
    • If your exam is take-home (you can take it anywhere) and you have a quiet space that you prefer.
    • If the exam is in the lab and you’re attending another session for AR students.
    • If the exam is proctored by your professor and not in AR, and it meets your accommodation plan.
    • If you would rather take the exam in-class with your peers without accommodations.
  • The three-school-days-in-advance rule is strictly enforced.
  • Accessibility Resources will be able to accommodate requests ending as late as 7:00pm.
  • If you forgot when you scheduled your exam, you can double-check on MavAccess by logging in and clicking the Alternative Testing option on the left-side menu.

You must be on time for your scheduled request. Due to the sheer number of students taking exams, there will likely not be enough time to extend past your time. Consider this the same as going to the finals in-class -- would the professor let you walk in 5 minutes late?

  • If there is space and depending on the test format, you may be able to start up to 15 minutes early.
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late, your scheduled testing appointment will be considered no-show, and you will need to discuss with your instructor the next steps.
  • If you are running late due to an unforeseen circumstance (like a flat tire, medical emergency, etc.), contact AR immediately by calling or texting 507-389-2825 or emailing

Once you get to Accessibility Resources for your scheduled exam, here's what to do.


  • Be on time.
  • Bring your MavCard or a Photo ID.
  • Use the restroom BEFORE your scheduled time.
  • Outer clothing items with pockets, like sweatshirts, jackets, or blazers, are not allowed. If you are concerned about being cold, you can wear a long-sleeved shirt as long as there are no pockets.
  1. Show AR staff your MavCard or Photo ID.
  2. Put anything not allowed for the test into one of the storage cubbies unless it is on your accommodation plan. This includes:
    • Phones, smart watches, or other technology
      • Turn OFF your cell phone (not just on vibrate – if your phone goes off or vibrates in the cubbies, AR staff will search for it and turn it off).
    • Bags, hats, scarves, and other accessories
    • Jackets, sweatshirts, or other similar clothing with pockets
    • Food, drink, snacks, gum – water bottles will be provided
    • Notes, papers, cards, or anything not approved by the instructor.
    • Scratch paper will not be provided unless the instructor specified its allowance in the testing instructions.
  3. Show AR staff the following:
    • Pockets are empty.
    • Hands/wrists/arms are free of writing.
    • If a calculator is allowed, clear the memory completely.
    • If notes or formulas are allowed, AR staff will inspect them for compliance with your instructor’s proctoring form.
  4. If your exam is online, please log into D2L and have the test's start page open before your scheduled time. Do not start the test.
    • Try to log into the eduroam wi-fi rather than MavNet, too. Instructions: here.
    • If you are using LockDown Browser, you will be required to show testing staff that you have submitted the exam before you can leave.

The following are items we have for students to use.

  • Laptops for Online Exams
  • Earplugs
  • Bottles of water
  • Fidgets
  • Tissues
  • Extra pencils
  • Timer
  • Calculators (limited quantity)
  • New this semester: construction-grade over-the-ear earmuffs. We only have 5 pairs, and they are first come, first served.

Note: scratch paper will not be provided unless the instructor has specified it is allowed.

All relevant policies, procedures, and rules still apply for tests in Accessibility Resources, especially Academic Honesty.

  • Standard testing rules and procedures apply. Those can be found here: Student Alternative Testing Agreement.
  • All desks in the Accessibility Resources testing space are monitored and recorded using CCTV.
    • There are other configurations applied to double-check monitoring that are not public to preserve integrity.
    • Any attempts to circumvent recording or academic honesty will be immediately reported to the instructor and you will be subject to standard conduct violation procedures.
      • While recordings of the said act will be saved for possible evidence for the conduct process, they are saved offline to prevent privacy issues.

Due to the sheer volume of tests happening, we have to specify which desks, spaces, rooms, etc. students will be placed in. Your request has been received, but it will say Approved when a specific spot has been assigned.

This is often an issue related to the Alternative Testing Agreement the instructor completed earlier in the semester. Go ahead and schedule the exam with the correct start time, and I will contact the instructor to confirm the true length of time.

Please do not ask for a Private Room if it is not on your accommodation plan. Private Room accommodations are reserved for students who have Private Room explicitly stated on their accommodation plans. If your accommodation plan does not list Private Room, and the rooms are not reserved for someone who does, you may be placed in the room. Placements for private spaces have been determined well in advance.

Some professors are holding AR-registered-students-only sessions of lab practicals, or they may offer students to take exams privately during their office hours, or they may require certain certified proctors that we cannot provide, for example. If the professor’s request or idea works for you and your accommodation plan, you are certainly welcome to take them up on their offer. If it does not provide your minimum requirements for accommodation, let them and us know so we can make sure you’re in the right place on test day.

Links For More Information

General Alternative Testing Information

Log into MavAccess

Student Testing Agreement

Student Rights and Responsibilities