Guidelines for Alternative Testing for Students

Test Accommodations

Campus Accessibility Services provides alternative test accommodations for eligible students with documented disabilities. The documentation must be on file with CAS. Students planning to access test accommodations are responsible for meeting with a CAS advisor each semester to generate Letters of Academic Accommodations for their professors. Students have the right and responsibility to decide whether or not to use support services and accommodations.

Letters of Academic Accommodation

It is the student’s responsibility to give Letters of Academic Accommodations to their instructors. Letters of Academic Accommodations must be done before any exams are scheduled. Instructors are not required to provide accommodations to any student from whom they have not received Letters of Academic Accommodations. Students can request Letters of Academic Accommodations at any time during the semester or college years. It is important to note that accommodations are never retroactive.

Scheduling Exams 

  • Exams must be scheduled at least one full week prior to the exam date, as stated in the Academic Catalog. Plan accordingly for classes that meet once a week. You are strongly encouraged to schedule exams prior to this deadline. Final exams must be scheduled no later than the Monday prior to the start of finals. No Exceptions.
  • Email your request to and provide the date/time and course name of the exam. Please check your email in case we have any questions about your request. You will receive a confirmation email. Please do not send requests or emails regarding exams to any CAS staff member’s personal email.
  • Campus Accessibility Services will proctor exams for students with disabilities, only if the rest of the class is being proctored. If you have an exam that is not proctored, it should not be scheduled with CAS. This applies to online and face-to-face exams.

Alternative Testing Request Forms

  • After making your request, Campus Accessibility Services will send your instructor an Alternative Testing Request to complete the scheduling of the exam.
  • If you don’t give your instructor adequate notice of your intention to take an exam in CAS, you may have to take the exam in class without accommodations. It is up to your instructor to determine if they have enough time or not to get the exam ready and to CAS.
  • There is a place on the form for your professor to indicate how the test is going to be delivered to Campus Accessibility Services.
  • If your professor indicates that you are picking up the exam; you will pick up the exam on the day it’s scheduled to be taken and come directly to Campus Accessibility Services. If your professor is going to deliver the exam, come to Campus Accessibility Services to take the exam at the scheduled time.
  • Special Instructions (open notes, book, calculator, etc) must be written by your instructor on the test form in the space provided. You will not be allowed to take anything into the testing area except the exam and a pen/pencil unless your instructor has indicated otherwise.

Arrive at Scheduled Time

  • We cannot start exams earlier or later than the scheduled time. Please be prompt! Your professor expects you to start the exam at the time indicated on the testing form. You will not be able to start an exam if you are more than 15 minutes late, without the permission of your instructor. You will be asked to take the test form to your instructor for permission to start the exam later than scheduled. Your time will not be extended. Exams are scheduled for double the time the class receives.
  • Your time for the exam starts at the scheduled time, not when you arrive. Other students may be scheduled right after you are scheduled to be finished, especially during final exams. You are expected to arrive at the scheduled time, preferably a few minutes before.

Taking Exams

  • Come prepared to take the exam. Campus Accessibility Services is not responsible for providing you with testing supplies, such as, but not limited to, calculators, pens/pencils, rulers, and graph paper. All personal items, including, but not limited to the following are prohibited in the testing area:
    • Notes/books
    • Any communication devices that access the internet, (cell phones, tablets, etc.)

    Any of the above may be permitted by your instructor as indicated on the Alternative Testing Request Form.

    • Coats/Vests
    • Book bags
    • Purses
    • Hats/Ball caps
    • Headphones/Listening to music
  • You will be asked to show us your cell phone. We need to see it and where it’s being stored during the exam (in your backpack or bag) or left on the testing check-in desk. Make sure to turn off your cell phone so as not to disturb the office while you’re taking your test. Campus Accessibility Services accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen items.
  • You may bring a snack/drink into the testing area. Please try to use the restroom before starting your exam. You may leave the testing area, with the permission of the proctor, to use the restroom. Please be brief, as your time will not be extended. You may not leave the building.
  • The exam must be completed in one session. You may not start the exam, stop it, and return at another time to finish it.
  •  Please notify Campus Accessibility Services, as soon as possible, of any changes to your test accommodations request. A testing room and block of time have been reserved exclusively for you.  If the exam has been rescheduled by your instructor, it is your responsibility to promptly notify the CAS.

Academic Integrity

  • Students taking exams in CAS office are monitored at all times by a professional staff member. Violations of the Academic Integrity Policy will result in the collection of your exam by the proctor and the immediate notification of your professor and the department chair. Test security and integrity of the testing process is a very high priority for Campus Accessibility Services.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Campus Accessibility Services located in Speare 210 at 535-3300.