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Alternative Testing

The Disability Services Office (DS) will provide Alternative Testing for students who are eligible and request the accommodation. The accommodation could include extended time for testing, testing in a distraction reduced environment, use of computer, adaptive software, CCTV, or text enlargement, to name some of the more common requests.

Students who wish to take an exam in the DS must abide by the following:

  • Only necessary items are allowed with the student during testing. Items not allowed include electronic devices (cellphone, smart watch), purses and/or backpacks or any item of this nature.
  • Students are responsible for supplies needed for the test such as calculators, pencils and pens.
  • The DS staff will not answer questions by student that ask for interpretation of test questions.
  • Unless other arrangements are made, students must take exams at the same time as the class.
  • Students who arrive late or fail to show up for an exam may forfeit the opportunity to take the test in the DS and the exam will be returned to the professor/instructor.


Strict standards of academic conduct will be enforced when students are taking exams in the Disability Services testing center. The testing center is video monitored and staff checks the room regularly.

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

How to Schedule Exams/Quizzes/Finals on ACCESS

  • Log into GB ACCESS
  • Under “My Accommodations” select “Alternative Testing”
  • In the drop down menu, select the course for the requested exam
  • Select "Schedule an Exam"
  • Select the services (accommodations) that are needed for the exam.
  • Scroll down and fill out the drop down menus with the date and time of the exam.  Also, add any additional notes such as the need for a reading program, use of a computer, or other adaptive technology.
    • Please remember that exam are to be schedule the same date and time as the class, unless you have prior approval from the professor to take the exam at an alternate date or time.
    • Select “Add Exam Request” and do the following:
      • Please contact your professors and let them know you have scheduled exams.
      • Communicate with your professors (in person or by email) about the Testing Agreement.

                        Tips for Students

  • Contact instructors during the first week of class and confirm all test accommodation arrangements before the end of the 3rd week.
    • Be prepared when meeting with instructors.  Make sure you have your schedule.
    • If relevant to your accommodations (e.g. large print or audio), discuss the formatting of the exam.
    • If you are an exam in the DS Testing Center, because you need to use their assistive technology or there are other unique circumstances, submit all your requests at 3 days prior to the exam date.
  • Try out approved assistive/adaptive technology before your first exam.
  • Remind instructors about your test accommodations a week before each exam.
  • Show up on time to take the exam. Any time lost due to being late will not be added back into the exam time.
  • Uphold the integrity of the examination process.  Remember, the same academic honesty standards apply when taking exam in the DS Testing Center.

                Sample Email to Instructors


[Subject Line]: Test accommodations for <INSERT COURSE NAME/NUMBER>


My name is <INSERT YOUR NAME>. I am in your <INSERT COURSE NAME/NUMBER> class. I work with the Disability Services Office and am approved for disability-related accommodations. I would like to meet with you to discuss the accommodations I would like to request in your class and to complete the Testing Agreement for the semester.

I am available during your office hours on <INSERT DAYS/TIMES> and would like to meet with you then to discuss this privately.


I am not available to meet during your office hours. I am available the following days and times: <INSERT DAYS/TIMES>. Please let me know if any of these options would work for you.

Thank you,