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Testing Accommodations

  • Students with barriers pertaining to the length of time needed to perform functions of testing (i.e. processing speed, focus/concentration, use of assistive technology, memory, etc.) may qualify for additional time to complete tests and quizzes for their courses.

    Things to know about this accommodation:

    • Students must be approved and have a current Letter of Accommodation for the semester during which they are using additional testing time
    • Additional testing time applies to seated, hybrid, arranged, and online exams/quizzes
    • Test/quizzes will not be modified in a way that would lead to an unequal benefit for students (i.e. reduced multiple choice answers, fewer questions, removal of essay questions, etc.)
    • Additional testing time is assessed on an individual basis and may differ depending on the course structure, semester, subject matter, etc.
    • Additional testing time is not meant to address nondisability related factors such as: fatigue, common testing jitters, motivation, testing taking skills, or additional review of answers
  • Students with barriers pertaining to the environment in which their exams/quizzes take place may qualify for an alternate location accommodation.  Students utilizing additional testing time for their seated, hybrid, or arranged classes will also be approved for alternate testing location to ensure additional time is met.

    Things to know about this accommodation:

    • Students must be approved and have a current Letter of Accommodation for the semester during which they are using the alternate testing location
    • All exams/quizzes taken with accommodations will be proctored in the ARCC Testing Centers (Coon Rapids and Cambridge)
    • Alternate Testing (with or without additional time) is to be coordinated by the student with the Testing Center
    • The Office for Students with Disabilities does not coordinate or implement testing accommodations
  • Students with barriers pertaining to reading comprehension, vision, focus/concentration, etc. may qualify for an accommodation that allows test questions to be heard.  

    Things to know about this accommodation:

    • Students must be approved and have a current Letter of Accommodation for the semester during which they are using audio tests
    • Audio testing accommodations utilize text-to-speech computer technology to allow students audio access.
    • Instructors are responsible for providing an electronic Word or PDF copy (in addition to the physical copy) of requested exams/quizzes to the Testing Center at least 1 full day prior to the exam date
  • Students with barriers pertaining to reading comprehension, vision, focus/concentration, etc. may qualify for an accommodation that allows test questions to be read to them by a person.

    Things to know about this accommodation:

    • Students must be approved and have a current Letter of Accommodation for the semester during which they are using audio tests
    • Test Reader accommodations are approved on a case-by-case per semester basis
    • Individuals who read test questions will not answer any questions, impart any information, give hints, or clarify; their sole purpose is to read the content of the exam/quiz
    1. Apply for Testing Accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities
    2. At least 3 business days prior to exam date; go to the Testing Center on campus to schedule your exam
      • Audio Test or Test Reader accommodations: Please schedule at least 5 business days prior to exam date to ensure availability
    3. Inform the Testing Center staff of the day and time you will be testing
    4. Complete the Testing Accommodations Form (yellow at Coon Rapids, purple at Cambridge) found in the Testing Center
    5. Deliver the Testing Accommodation From to your instructor
    6. Your instructor will then bring the form and your exam to the Testing Center by your schedule time

    Important Things to Remember:

    • Students utilizing accommodations must follow the Testing Center policies and procedures
    • Students must show a picture ID to test
    • The Office for Students with Disabilities does not schedule testing, however we are happy to assist in the process if need

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