February 1, 2018

Alternative Testing Accommodations

Alternative testing accommodations are helpful when a student’s disability affects their performance on exams when taken in a regular classroom environment. Accommodations that may be needed include, but are not limited to:

  • Extra time
  • A less distracting environment
  • Provision of a reader/scribe
  • Use of a computer, including assistive technology.

Students with cognitive disabilities that affect the learning process (e.g., dyslexia, AD/HD, etc.) and/or students with disabilities that slow their performance on exams have found alternative testing accommodations beneficial.

Any alternative testing accommodations provided must be supported by the effects of a student’s disability, either as stated in appropriate documentation and/or through approval of an SDC specialist.

Arrangements for alternative testing are negotiated between the student, instructor and SDC staff.  While instructors may implement specific accommodations, they do not alone determine what is or is not appropriate or reasonable for a student. A student must be verified through SDC before any testing accommodation is implemented if it is based on the presence of a disability and its effects on the student.