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Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
Academic and Classroom Accommodations & Services

Test Accommodations for Classroom Tests

 ◊ Steps to Arrange for Test Accommodations and Schedule Tests ◊


Accommodation for classroom testing provides an equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities to demonstrate mastery of the course objectives and take required course exams or evaluative assignments.

In the case of students with learning disabilities, visual impairments, limited dexterity, or mental health disabilities, the need for, and type of, accommodation depends on the impact the disability has on test taking. Students with other verified disabilities may also be eligible for accommodations.

Although test accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, frequently used accommodations include:

  • Extended time (1.5X - 2.0X)
  • Reduced distraction environments
  • Testing in alternative media
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Breaks
  • Math Accommodations
    • Calculators
    • Formulas
    • Multiplication Tables
  • Notes / Open Book
  • Scantron Scribe Services

Test accommodation Steps and Procedures are outlined on this page and the Test Accommodation Guidelines appear in the next page. Students using test accommodations should refer to these section for complete instructions.  Specific test accommodations are determined in consultation with the DSS Counselor or LD Specialist.

Accommodations are authorized based on the student's disability-related educational limitation(s) and the evaluative activities in the course. For this reason, students should always bring the course syllabus or outline whenever they meet with their DSS Counselor or LD Specialist or the Test Proctor to discuss test accommodations. 

When DSS provides test accommodation service, timelines for appointments, guidelines and policies are adhered to. Students need to be aware of these in order to ensure they receive appropriate accommodations, including keeping their Test Appointment Reminder slips handy and their test appointments on their calendars.   Students should maintain regular contact with the Test Proctor, and update their DSS Counselor or LD Specialist without delay should any test issues or concerns come up.

Test security and integrity are strictly enforced to protect student achievement and college standards.

Critical test accommodation deadlines and information are posted on Announcements/News, are emailed to students on the program's distribution list and are posted in the DSS offices. Modifications to classroom tests are made based on the educational limitations of the student with a disability and the format of the examination.

Effective accommodation for class evaluation activities often requires preparations well in advance. Make certain that you know the instructor's plan for quizzes or other in-class evaluative  assignments. If you need assistance to assess possible accommodations for any type of course requirement, see your counselor/advisor.


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Steps To Arrange Testing Accommodations

(Students should also review the Guidelines which details the requirements to receive this accommodation.)

Schedule an appointment 
    • As soon as you decide to request test accommodation for the course
    • After the 1st class meeting or as soon as you have exam information for the class
Bring to the appointment
    • The course's exam schedule
    • The class syllabus ("green sheet")
    • Any other information about the tests
You and your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist will:  
    • Discuss your disability-related needs and the exam requirements for the class
    • Review "Test Accommodation Roles and Responsibilities"
    • Confirm your understanding of the Academic Integrity Policy and the  Test Accommodation Guidelines.


    • Your accommodation needs
    • The test accommodation procedures
    • The copy of the "Test Roles and Responsibilities" your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist can give you for the instructor
Your instructor will receive an letter from your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist notifying them of your authorized test accommodations


Test Proctor Location/Hours: 
    • Learning Center West (LCW) 110
    • Mon. - Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Fri.  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Review the Test Accommodation Guidelines and procedures with the Test Proctor, if needed.

Review and Sign the Academic Integrity Form


Schedule all appointments with the Test Proctor
    • For the entire quarter, if possible.
    • In advance, according to Guideline requirements
    • Bring the course syllabus and test schedule.
Keep the "Appointment Reminders" for each of your future appointments.
    • Calendar your appointments in your planner.
    •  No other reminder for your appointments will be sent.


The Test Proctor will complete a Test Envelope for you to provide to your instructor.
    • Obtain the Test Envelope from the Test Proctor early enough for you to give it to your instructor at least a week ahead of your scheduled appointment.
    • Follow any additional instructions or alternate procedures the Test Proctor gives you.


Your Instructor must receive the envelope from youat least 5 school days before the date and time you are to take the test (your Test Accommodation appointment).


Check in at least 5 minutes before your scheduled test appointment time.
    • Bring all required test materials.




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Disability Support Services Building: RSS-141
Contact: Patricia Whelan
Phone: 408.864.8753


Last Updated: 5/29/17