Jump to Guidelines for Testing at DRC
Tests can be designed in ways that include or exclude. Some instructors create student assessments that are flexible and rarely require accommodations, while other tests present barriers.
If you’ve had test experiences in which you knew the material but didn’t have time to write it all down, were distracted by the classroom environment or used assistive technology, be sure to talk with your instructors and an Access Consultant to ensure that your tests will be accessible. You should always have the opportunity to demonstrate what you’ve learned without the design of the test being a barrier. That will be accomplished differently in different situations:
- Accessible Tests in the Classroom
More and more instructors design tests that reduce the need for accommodations or make arrangements for accommodations themselves. Some examples are:
- Allowing students to take 50 minutes in the classroom to complete tests that are designed for 30 minutes so that extra time is built into the design
- Giving tests online and using software to increase the time allowed for individual students
- Using take-home tests, papers or projects to assess what students have learned
- Letting students begin exams in the classroom, and moving them to another quiet location if they haven’t finished the test when the class time is over
- Making technology, like a computer, available during tests
As a result of these instructional changes, you may find that you won’t require the accommodations you’ve used in the past for some classes. DRC will let you know if we are aware that your instructor has designed a test that should not require accommodations. We will work together to be sure you feel comfortable with planned test arrangements, so please be sure to talk with an Access Consultant if you have questions.
Testing in the classroom can be a better solution than testing at the DRC because:
- You can ask questions during the exam.
- There isno hassle: you don’t need to remember to sign-up for the test early or stand in line at the DRC.
If you are taking a class in Centennial Hall, you will take your tests with accommodations on-site. Backstage in Centennial, DRC has access to both an appropriate group test space and small, individual rooms that support distraction-reduced testing and the use of assistive technology.
2. Testing at the DRC
If you, your instructor and your Access Consultant decide that taking your test at the DRC will provide you with the best test experience, please review the information below. You might also want to view the tutorial on signing up for exams at the DRC.
Guidelines for taking tests at the DRC
- Most students find it’s best to register for all tests in a course at the same time so that everything is set-up for the semester. If you plan to do this, make sure you have your class syllabus with you before you start.
- Schedule your regular semester tests and final exams as soon as possible.
- While we will always try to arrange for your tests when you schedule late, we may not be able to reach your instructor or all the test seats may be filled. When this happens, there may be extra steps in arranging accommodations.
- The DRC gets very busy during finals week. Please be sure to make your finals arrangements as soon as possible.
- You should plan to take your test at the DRC at the same time you would be taking it in class. If you have a conflict with another class, let us know immediately so we can arrange an alternative time with you and your instructor.
- Once we know you plan to test at DRC, we will contact your instructor. However, it’s a good idea for you to also inform your instructor that you’ll be at the DRC on test days.
- The DRC test area closes at 5:30 pm during the regular semester and at 9:00 pm during finals. If your tests are scheduled beyond that, we will work with you and your instructor to reschedule your exam so that you are finished before the closing time.
- Please arrive on time. While reasonable tardiness is understandable, instructors are concerned when students don’t begin tests on time. We’ll be in touch with you to find a solution if you’re regularly late.
- If you’re coming to take a “make-up” test or a test that your instructor has told DRC you can take at any time, we will seat you if space is available. You may have to wait for a seat.
- When you arrive for your exam, you will be asked to show your CatCard. (DRC will scan your CatCard to make sure the right test gets to the right student and is returned to the right instructor.)
- Before you are given your exam, you should put everything you won’t need for the test in the boxes in the testing lobby.
- This includes cell phones, pagers, PDAs, etc. If you’re concerned for the safety of electronic devices, ask the test administration staff to hold them behind the desk.
- DRC will know from your instructor what materials you are allowed during the test and how long students testing in class will be given to complete the exam. Of course, you’ll already have this information, but DRC will remind you before you begin the exam.
- During finals, the DRC test area fills to capacity so you may be scheduled to take your test in a different location. You should login to the DRC database to check for your location so you know where to go. If you are concerned about testing in a different location, talk with a DRC Access Consultant.
Unauthorized Materials and Cheating
- The use of unauthorized materials during tests or cheating in any form is not tolerated at the DRC.
- The test area is monitored regularly whenever students are testing.
- If you are suspected of having unauthorized materials or of cheating in any way:
- You will be asked to turn in your exam immediately.
- A DRC Access Consultant will contact your instructor with details of what was observed.
- You will be referred to the Dean of Students Office on a Code of Conduct violation and be subject to sanctions from that office.
- Your instructor may choose to impose additional penalties.
- If you even think of cheating, STOP! Ask to talk with an Access Consultant immediately. Instructors are generally flexible, and the Consultant can intervene before any cheating takes place… afterward, it’s too late.