DSPS Testing Accommodations Services
Testing accommodations include but are not limited to:
- extended time to complete the exam
- distraction reduced environment
- reader or assistive reading software
- scribe or assistive voice input software
- enlarge print, CCTV, or assistive technology magnification software
- other supportive services not available in the classroom.
Testing accommodations are provided to students who have a disability that prevent
them from taking course examinations/quizzes in the classroom setting.
Request Testing Accommodations:
Requests for testing accommodations can be made by completing the Testing Accommodations
Request (TAR) form at least five (5) days before the exam is scheduled. Please do
not call in your testing request. One form must be completed for each exam the student
plans to take. The student will complete left portion (Student) of the form and sign
it, and then give this form to the instructor, who will complete the right portion
(Instructor) of the form and sign it. The student must then return the form to DSPS.
The Student’s Responsibility:
Schedule classes to allow for extra time to complete course exams, if that is a recommended
- Identify him/herself to the professor by presenting a copy of the Recommendation for
Academic Support and Accommodations (RASA) form.
- Remind the professor to make a copy of the exam available to DSPS.
- Schedule exams on the dates indicated in the syllabus and at the time the class normally
meets, except for evening and Saturday classes. If the student wishes to take an exam
at an alternate day or time, the professor must first approve this before the exam
is administered. (DSPS may reschedule an exam if the exam was not received from the
professor or if there is inadequate testing space or staff support at the regularly scheduled time.)
- Provide all appropriate supplies, such as Green/Blue Books, Scantron forms, paper,
and writing utensils.
- Begin the exam on time. Students may not study during exam time. All exams are monitored
by DSPS staff.
- If the student is late for the exam, the time missed will be deducted from the time
- If you are (1) hour late to an exam, the exam will be returned to the professor. The
test will be held and administered at a later time or date only if the professor contacts our office to give his/her permission to do so. DSPS may
reschedule an exam if the exam was not received from the professor or if there is
inadequate testing space or staff support at the regularly scheduled time.
- Leave cell phones, books, backpacks, purses, notebooks, fanny packs, and other personal
belongings in another area before being escorted to the testing site. This applies
to everyone. An exception will be made if the exam is pre-designated “Open Book” or
“Open Notes” by the professor.
- Students are encouraged to use the restroom prior to the scheduled test time. Taking
any additional restroom breaks are discouraged unless there is medical documentation
as an approved accommodation. If the student does need to use the restroom during
the exam, they are given five (5) minutes. Should the student not return within five
(5) minutes, the exam will be considered finished.
A student who is found cheating will be reported to the professor. That student will
then have his/her testing services suspended and will not be reinstated until a conference
between the student, a DSPS staff member and in some cases, the professor is held.
Examples of cheating include:
- Copying from another student’s test or assignment; Allowing another student to copy
from your test or assignment
- Using the textbook, course handouts, notes, or taped information during a test without
- Stealing, buying, or obtaining all or part of a test before it is administered; Selling
or giving away all or part of a test before it is administered
- Failing to follow test-taking procedures, including talking during the test, ignoring
starting and stopping times, or other disruptive activity