Students who have disabilities that affect their ability to take tests are eligible to receive test assistance. The specific type of testing accommodation is determined by the nature of the disability. Test assistance provided by the Center for Students with Disabilities may include any one or a combination of the following accommodations: scribing, reading, extended time for testing, testing in a location other than the classroom, monitoring, and use of adaptive equipment.
Some students may need a test reader. The reader can describe graphs and diagrams in accordance with the instructor's directions. Sometimes students need a scribe who can physically write the student's test answers. The scribe takes the student's dictation; however, the scribe is not the only option available for recording test answers. In some cases, students may be able to use assistive technology in the test taking process. The CSD Counselor and CSD staff in the Assistive Technology Lab will familiarize students with assistive technology that may be useful in the test taking process. A monitor will oversee the test taking process when assistive technology is used. Scribes, readers, and monitors do not provide any assistance in determining answers to test questions. They only assist students in documenting their own answers on tests.
Students may require additional time for two reasons. (1) Extra time is needed just to work with a test assistant or use adaptive equipment.(2) Some students may have disabilities that affect their processing speed and will need additional time to complete a test.
Test Taking Locations
When additional time is the only testing accommodation needed, students usually take their test in the Testing Center. When the student needs test assistant or adaptive equipment, students take their tests in the CSD office.
Arranging Test Assistance
Students meet with their CSD Counselor to request this service. CSD recommends that students request test assistance when they meet with their CSD Counselor during advising for class registration, so students can provide their instructors with the testing assistance notification form.
As soon as students know the test date, they should report to the Testing Assistance Coordinator or Campus Coordinator who will schedule the test during or as close as possible to the time the test is given in class. Students who receive extended time and take their tests in the Testing Center must follow their instructor's deadlines for taking the test.