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Testing Accommodations for Sakai

Testing accommodations for online exams fall under the same regulations as in-person testing.  Students with extended time, or other testing accommodations, will receive them in both settings.  If you are new to Sakai, the Office of Information Technology has created a list of tutorials for faculty, and SAS staff are available at tests@ithaca.edu to guide you through the accommodation process. 

Extended test time is based on the amount of time students without accommodations will have for the exam.  For instance, if students in class have 20 minutes for a quiz, students with time-and-a-half will have 30 minutes, and students with double-time will have 40 minutes. 

Below are instructions from sakai.screenstepslive.com for providing extended time through Sakai.  For assistance with other online platforms please contact the SAS Testing Center at tests@ithaca.edu.  

How do I give specific students different time or date settings for an assessment? 

Some students in your class may need different assessment settings from others. For example, a student could require extra time on a timed assessment, or multiple rosters or sections in the same course site could be administered the same assessment on different dates.  The Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date settings allow instructors to create exceptions for specific students, without having to create separate copies of the assessment. 

  • In the assessment Settings page, click Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date. 

  • The Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date section will expand with additional options: 

    • Select the user from the drop-down list of enrolled students. 

    • Or, select the group from the drop-down list of groups in the site. 

Availability Dates Exception 

The availability dates let you specify when your assessment can be accessed by the selected student or group.  If you don't specify any dates, the default dates will be the same as the existing assessment settings for all students. This setting will override the normal availability dates for the assessment for the selected student/group. 

If you are only changing the amount of time allowed for the test, and not the test availability window, you may leave the dates unchanged.    

Use the date-picker (calendar icon) to select a new date and time if desired.   

  1. The  available date  is the start date of the exam window.  Students will not be able to see the assessment before this date.  Publishing an assessment with a blank  available date  will make it available immediately upon publishing. 

  1. The  due date  is the end date for the exam window.  Students will not be able to submit after this date unless you  accept late submissions.  If late submissions are allowed, any submissions after the due date will be marked as late. 

  1. The  "Late submissions accepted until?"  date is the end date for late submissions on the assessment. If late submissions are not accepted, this date should be the same as the  due date  above. 

Note: When you click on any date field, the date-picker (calendar window) will display.  You can choose a date by clicking on it in the calendar, or by clicking  Now.  Select a time using the  Hour  and  Minute  sliders.  When your date is selected, click  Done

Time limit exception 

  • Select the desired time limit from the drop-down menu. This setting will override the normal time limit setting for the assessment for the selected student/group. If you don't specify a time limit (i.e. time limit of 0), the student will have unlimited time. 

  • Click Add Exception. 

  • Existing exceptions will display. 

    • Once saved, any exceptions for this assessment will be listed here. You may select  Edit to make changes to the exception dates/time or select  Delete  to remove the exception.   

Students who require an auditory presentation of a test, using a reader, or who need the services of a scribe, for on-campus exams may also require them for online exams.  To accommodate online students a paper copy of the exam is needed so SAS staff can read the exam to the student via Zoom (during online instruction).  Faculty may accomplish this by sending the test to tests@ithaca.edu with detailed instructions. If this method is used, the student will submit the exam upon completion, or SAS staff will email the completed exam back to the professor. When classes resume on campus, a paper copy is helpful as well for Sakai exams, so readers and scribes have their own copy to work from. 

Students must communicate when this accommodation is needed so that faculty, the student, and SAS can work together on an alternate time that does not detract from the course objective and fits scheduling needs. Tests must be made up within a reasonable timeframe or the alternate time accommodation may be nullified.  

The professor will then use the Availability Dates Exception instructions to make the exam available.  

Availability Dates Exception 

The availability dates let you specify when your assessment can be accessed by the selected student or group.  If you don't specify any dates, the default dates will be the same as the existing assessment settings for all students. This setting will override the normal availability dates for the assessment for the selected student/group. 

If you are only changing the amount of time allowed for the test, and not the test availability window, you may leave the dates unchanged.    

Use the date-picker (calendar icon) to select a new date and time if desired.   

  1. The  available date  is the start date of the exam window.  Students will not be able to see the assessment before this date.  Publishing an assessment with a blank  available date  will make it available immediately upon publishing. 

  1. The  due date  is the end date for the exam window.  Students will not be able to submit after this date unless you  accept late submissions.  If late submissions are allowed, any submissions after the due date will be marked as late. 

  1. The  Late submissions accepted until?  date is the end date for late submissions on the assessment. If late submissions are not accepted, this date should be the same as the  due date  above. 

Note: When you click on any date field, the date-picker (calendar window) will display.  You can choose a date by clicking on it in the calendar, or by clicking Now.  Select a time using the  Hour  and  Minute  sliders.  When your date is selected, click  Done

Based on a student’s disability some may require short, stop-the-clock breaks during exams.  This will apply only to students who have Breaks During Exams as an accommodation.  Faculty can discuss the accommodation with the student to determine the length of the break and how it will be implemented during a timed, online exam.  One suggestion is to add an additional amount of time to the end of the exam that is equal to the length of the break (typically 10-15 minutes).