Alternative Testing

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) 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 for adaptive software, CCTV, and text enlargement, to name some of the more common requests.

If you are new to Student Accessibility Services and have not applied yet, click on the Applying for Academic Accommodations tab on the left. 

Students who wish to take an exam in SAS must understand and abide by the following:

  • Only necessary items are allowed with the student during testing. Items that are not allowed will be left outside the testing center.
  • Students are responsible for supplies needed for the test such as calculators, pencils and pens.
  • The SAS staff will not answer questions by student that ask for interpretation of test questions, but could get in contact with the instructor if need be.
  • Unless other arrangements are made, students must take exams at the same time and day as the class.
  • Students who arrive late or fail to show up for an exam may forfeit the opportunity to take the test in SAS and the exam will be returned to the professor/instructor. So please be on time!
  • Strict standards of academic conduct will be enforced when students are taking exams in SAS 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 SAS staff. Everything will then be turned over to the instructor of the course. Disciplinary procedures will be handled through academic channels, not by Student Accessibility Services. SAS will not advocate on behalf of a student allegedly engaged in academic misconduct.

How to Schedule Exams/Quizzes/Finals on ACCESS

  • ​For help wth Scheduling an exam follow the link to a step-by-step guide that will help you through this  How-to-Schedule-Exams

Tips for Students

  • Contact instructors during the first week of class and confirm all test accommodation arrangements.
    • 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 have an exam in the SAS Testing Center, submit your requests 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.

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 Student Accessibility Services 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,