As a student with a disability, you may be eligible to receive one or more testing accommodations. The University must make reasonable testing accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. The appropriateness of a particular accommodation is based on the documentation you have provided. Because of this fact, it is important that you have current and complete documentation on file.
The purpose of test accommodations is to enable you to demonstrate mastery of the tested information while minimizing or eliminating the impact of your disability. If you are unsure which test accommodations would be appropriate for you, it is essential to make an appointment to discuss your specific needs with the appropriate disability service provider as soon as possible. A Test Accommodation Form must be completed for each examination you plan to take in the Adaptive Testing Center.
The following is a partial list of test accommodations that have been considered appropriate for students in the past.
Extended Time – Limited to 1.5 to 2.0 times the originally allotted test time.
Computer Use of Microsoft Word – This accommodation is used for essay exams as a means to accommodate issues with handwriting and processing.
Enlarged Print Copy of Test – Enlarged print assists those with low vision and reduces text distractions for some students. Students with visual difficulties can also use the large computer monitor and enlargement software.
Reader – Using this method, a test proctor reads the exam questions to the student, accommodating for poor decoding skills.
Proofreading Aid – A student may need to use Zoom Text, JAWS, or electronic spellers when proofreading. Zoom Text and JAWS read aloud a student’s response. This process allows the student to hear errors of grammar, work omissions or deletions, word choice, and fragments. The student can edit the text by using this aid in conjunction with a proofreading software program.
Private Test Setting – This type of setting reduces the number of possible distractions.
Dragon Naturally Speaking – This system transforms spoken words into computer text. Student can also use the text to speech option when completed in order to proofread.
Calculator – Calculators can help students with math-related disabilities. Talking calculators can assist students with reversal problems and reduce copying errors.
The approval of testing accommodations is based on documentation that each student is required to submit to the Department of Disability Services.