​Alternative Testing Accommodation

Accessibility Resources appreciates your collaboration with alternative testing. For eligible students with documented disabilities that create barriers for testing, this specific accommodation is dependent on the functional limitation of the disability and may include: a distraction-free environment, extended time, screen reader, scribe, or computer use. While instructors can proctor exams as long as the students' testing accommodation needs are met, alternative testing arrangements are provided through the Accessibility Resources testing center.  The Alternative Testing procedure and the role of faculty in the provision of this accommodation are described in detail here:

Initial Process

  1. Through their MavAccess account, students make an initial accommodation request for the course they want alternative testing.
  2. Upon filling out the request, the faculty member will receive an email requesting an electronic Alternative Testing Agreement form be filled out. This agreement includes information on amount of time for exams and quizzes, if calculators are allowed, and if testing sheets are needed.
  3. Instructions for providing time extension accommodations on D2L can be found here: Give a Student Accommodations or Special Access to extend availability and time limit on a D2L Brightspace Quiz (PDF).

On-Going Process

  1. Students submit their alternative testing requests in the MavAccess portal.
    • Students are instructed to submit their requests at least 3 school days in advance to guarantee availability. Late requests may be accepted if there is space and the instructor agrees.
    • Tests are administered Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm during the school year. Students schedule exams at the same time the class is taking the exam. Exceptions to this may include:
      • For courses that are offered late in the day/evening hours, students should consult with the professor about an acceptable time to take exams during our testing center hours.
      • If students have classes that run back-to-back and are eligible for a time extension, they may schedule the exam in the first class earlier, only to adjust for the time extension.
  1. Upon scheduling the exam, faculty will receive a notification email. The email includes links to dispute the exam date/time and for uploading the exam to MavAccess.
  2. Faculty will start receiving reminders 2 school days before the test date to upload the exam to MavAccess or send it in another format to Accessibility Resources.
  3. On the exam date, students check in at Accessibility Resources at 132 Memorial Library. After being checked in by a staff member, they are brought to a testing room where they are monitored by cameras.
  4. Completed exams are either delivered on the same day of the exam or immediately the following school day if the department is closed or the faculty member has left for the day. If faculty prefer, they can also pick up the exams from Accessibility Resources.