An exam accommodation refers to any approved accommodations which relate to the way a student takes his/her exam. This includes but is not limited to: extended time on exams, a reduced distraction testing location, use of scribe/readers, and use of assistive technology during an exam. ODS defines an exam as any quiz, test, or final for a course.
For each course the student would like to utilize their exam accommodations, they must contact their professor privately to:
- Submit their Letter of Accommodations.
- Discuss all exam accommodations for the entire semester.
- Leave the meeting with an understanding of whether the professor will administer your exams or ODS Exam Services will administer your exams.
Online Exam Accommodations
The student or ODS will notify faculty if a time conflict will occur, and will work with them to make appropriate arrangements.
For help calculating extended time, please use our exam calculator.
If a student has this accommodation on their LOA the student is permitted an extension to their exam time to account for breaks. Students are allowed to walk, stretch, use the restroom, stand up, etc., outside of the exam room. For online exams, students may move off camera. The student will be given 10 minutes of break time per hour of testing time (see table below). During a break, if testing in person, students are not permitted to leave the room with their cellphone or any belongings not specified on their LOA. For students taking exams online, they are not permitted to access technology while on a break.
Please note, that this time should be applied in addition to any other accommodation. So for example, if the class has 80 minutes for an exam, and a student is approved for breaks and 50% extended time, then they should get 120 minutes for the extended time and 20 minutes for the breaks for a total of 140 minutes.
|EXAM TIME||ADDITIONAL TIME TO ACCOUNT FOR BREAKS|
|0 - 60 min||10 minutes|
|61 - 120 min||20 minutes|
|121 - 180 min||30 minutes|
Guidelines for Exam Accommodations:
Providing extra time on an exam may cause the exam to run over a students typical class period and create a conflict for the student with another class. The student or ODS will notify faculty if a time conflict will occur, and will work with them to make appropriate arrangements.
If a student has submitted an exam request and the exam has been rescheduled or canceled by the professor please notify the office by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.