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Exam Accommodations

Exams can be designed in ways that  are flexible and rarely require accommodations, while other tests present barriers. Exam accommodations can be accomplished in different ways:

Accessible Tests in the Classroom or Online
Testing at the DRC
Guidelines for taking tests at the DRC
Watch a Video to Learn How to Schedule Exams at DRC

Accessible Tests in the Classroom or Online

Many instructors design tests to reduce barriers or make arrangements for accommodations themselves. As a result you may find that the accommodations you’ve used in the past for some classes are not necessary. Examples are:

  • Exams designed to be completed in a portion of the class time however the entire class period is available to complete exam (extra time is built-in for all students)
  • Online exams modified to include the extended time
  • Take-home tests, papers or projects
  • Exams started in the classroom and completed in another quiet location
  • Making technology, like a computer, available during tests

Testing in the classroom is often a better solution because you:

  • May be able to ask questions during the exam.
  • Receive information from the instructor for any clarifications
  • Don’t have to come to a different location

DRC will contact you if your instructor provides accommodations or the design of the exam reduces barriers.  Talk with an Access Consultant if you have questions.

Centennial Hall Classes

Accommodations are provided on-site for Centennial Hall classes with distraction-reduced spaces and small individual rooms for the use of assistive technology

Testing at the DRC

There are times where the classroom environment is a barrier so the DRC Exam Administration Office is an alternate location.  Please review the Guidelines for taking tests at the DRC for additional information.

Guidelines for taking tests at the DRC


  • Request accommodations through DRC Student Login for all course exams, including the final, as soon as possible.
  • Refer to your syllabus for dates.
  • If you have a conflict with another class, let us know immediately.
  • Inform your instructor that you will be taking exams at the DRC.
  • Exams at the DRC occur at the same time as your class.
  • If your exam is scheduled beyond our business hours, DRC will coordinate an alternate exam time with you and your instructor.
  • While we attempt to accommodate late exam requests, there are times where extra steps will be required to arrange accommodations.

Test Day

  • Arrive on time.
  • Bring your CatCard
  • Place all personal items in storage space provided.
    • This includes cell phones and mobile/electronic devices.
    • Items can be placed in a secure area.
  • For make-up tests or tests where your instructor allows flexibility for completion, you will be seated as space becomes available.
  • Final Exams: You may be scheduled to take your test in a different location due to volume of exams.

Unauthorized Materials and Cheating

  • The use of unauthorized materials during tests or cheating in any form is not tolerated.
  • The test area is monitored regularly.
  • If you are suspected of having unauthorized materials or of cheating in any way:
    • Your instructor will be informed of the suspected incident.
    • You may be referred to the Dean of Students Office on a Code of Conduct violation.
    • Your instructor may choose to impose additional penalties.

Watch a Video to Learn How to Schedule Exams at DRC