Extended Time is provided to students at the rate specified within the accommodation plan letter. The calculations are determined by the amount of time the class has for the exam. Extended time is allowed only for students whose documentation supports this need and is not provided to all SAS students.
Low distraction environments attempt to limit distractions such as noise, windows, other students, etc. Whenever possible SAS provides:
White noise machines
Access to ear plugs
Isolated testing allows a student to take a test in a room by themselves. This may be provided for students who are unable to focus in a room with others, or who may be the source of distraction to others. Students who read out loud, have certain medical conditions, or who need to move around the test space will require an isolated space. Isolated students are monitored by an SAS proctor.
Auditory Presentation of Test
SAS readers provide an auditory presentation of the exam, verbatim, without interpreting the content for the student. Readers do not assist in answering the exam questions. Some students will also use assistive technology to have the exam read to them electronically.
A scribe will record exam responses, verbatim, from the test taker, via Scantron or essay. The scribe will then read the responses back to the student for accuracy.
Use of a Computer
Computers are provided as an accommodation for students who use assistive technology or for exams with writing components. Students may not use outside resources or have internet access without professor approval and are monitored by SAS staff to ensure test security.
Computers for exams that require audio/visual files or use of Canvas or other electronic resources can be provided to students without this accommodation upon request. Please inform SAS several days in advance that a computer will be needed.
To ensure formatting as well as the prevention of unintentional distortion of images or charts, faculty should enlarge the font before sending the exam to SAS. The font size is found on the AIM request form in the notes section. SAS can assist faculty who are unsure of how to enlarge an exam if appropriate time is given along with a digital Word document of the exam.
Tests at Alternate Time
Tests at alternate time can be both proactive and reactionary. Some students may have disabilities that require extra time on tests, who cannot take more than one exam per day, or who may require consideration around the time of day.
This accommodation may also support students who have emergent disabilities that may unexpectedly exacerbate, resulting in a reconsideration of the exam time.
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.
Breaks During Exams
Students who need breaks during exams, as documented in their accommodation plan, must leave their test material with the proctor and may not take their belongings with them. Proctors are aware of how long students are gone and monitor them when they return.