Some exams are designed in ways that do not require accommodations, while the design or format of others present barriers. It is optimal that your testing experience be the same as your peers whenever possible.
Access can be achieved in different ways:
Accessible Tests in the Classroom/Online
You may find that the accommodations you’ve used in the past are not necessary in college. Many instructors make arrangements to accommodate students in class; this ensures your access to the instructor to ask questions, receive clarification, and have the same experience as your classmates. Instructors also design exams that minimize barriers. Some examples are:
- Extra time built in for all students. For example, students have 50 minutes to complete a 30-minute exam.
- Online exams programmed to include extended time.
- Online exams proctored online.
- Take-home tests, papers or projects that offer more flexibility in how and when students complete the activity.
- Exams started in the classroom and completed in another quiet location, like the instructor’s office.
DRC will contact you if your instructor provides accommodations on site or if the design of the exam already mitigates specific barriers. Talk with an Access Consultant if you have questions.
Testing at the DRC
Sometimes instructors are unable to offer an accessible experience in the classroom. In these instances, instructors will ask students to test at DRC.
Schedule 3 business days in advance
Request accommodations through DRC Student Login for all course exams, including the final, as soon as possible.
Arrive on time and have your CatCard
Unauthorized Materials & Cheating
The DRC upholds the Code of Academic Integrity. Should you violate the policy, your instructor will be informed of the incident.