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Disability Services

Test Taking Assistance

Description

Disability Services Office provides both test proctoring and test-taking assistance to students with disabilities. Extended time testing can be arranged with advance notice and when it is justified by circumstances of the test and/or disability. Every effort will be made to ensure that adequate time is provided to complete a test. Testing methods and policies are established by each individual instructor, in consultation with the student and the CDS or AMDS. All alternative testing arrangements must be made through the Disability Services Office at least 72 hours in advance of the test - except for final exams as the DS Office will require two weeks notice (10 working days) due to the large volume of exams.

Policies

  1. In order to honor the integrity of the test-taking process, it is the policy of the Disability Services Office to insist on as much independence on the part of the student as possible. The test-taking assistance provided by the DS office and staff will be restricted to the minimum that is necessary to accommodate the disability and allow a student with a disability to complete the test in a manner that is fair and equitable.
  2. Requests for test proctoring or test taking assistance must be provided 72 hours (3 working days) in advance of the scheduled test - except for final exams as the DS Office will require two weeks notice (10 working days) due to the large volume of exams.

Procedures

  1. The student is to register with the DS Office.
  2. The student meets with the CDS or AMDS after attending class to discuss testing arrangements and obtains accommodation request form.
  3. The student informs the DS Office of an upcoming test, at least 72 hours in advance. The DS staff makes arrangements to pick up exams and return exams to instructors directly. The student will have access to the test only during the time that it is being administered or proctored.
  4. Students with disabilities are expected to take tests on the same day that the test is given to the class. Whenever possible, tests are administered by DS staff during the same class hour that the test is being taken by the class. The allotted time is usually time and a half, but may vary depending on the course, the instructor, the nature of the test (i.e., objective or essay), and the nature of the disability.
  5. Testing is typically completed in a single session. When necessary, a test is divided into two sections and completed in two sessions. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to complete a test or section of a test that they have already seen in a second session. Tests must be scheduled so that they can be completed by 4:30 p.m.
  6. The DS Staff proctors the exams. The directions of the course instructor with respect to time limits and use of auxiliary materials (books, notes, calculators, etc.) are followed exactly.
  7. Student scribes or office assistants are scheduled to read and/or write tests for students with disabilities if this assistance is deemed necessary and appropriate. The proctors/assistants are not allowed to provide any content assistance or test interpretation assistance whatsoever.
  8. It is the student's responsibility to thoroughly review the test for possible errors or omissions before it is submitted to the instructor. The DS staff assumes no responsibility for penalties incurred by students who fail to check over a completed test before it is returned to the instructor for grading.
  9. In the event of a problem with testing accommodations that cannot be informally resolved among the student, the instructor and the CDS, the student will follow the procedures as stated in the UWGB Policies and Procedures for academic grievances.

Attention

Strict standards of academic conduct will be enforced when students are taking exams in the Disability Services Office. Students will be monitored by DS staff, who may enter the room at any time.

Students believed to be engaging in academic misconduct will be required to immediately turn over their exam materials, and any other materials (papers, notes, books, etc.) they have with them, to the DS staff. Everything will then be turned over to the instructor of the class. Disciplinary procedures will be handled through academic channels, not by the DS office. The DS office will not advocate on behalf of a student allegedly engaged in academic misconduct.