Alternate test accommodations are available when the usual testing method is likely to reflect a student's disability rather than their level of achievement. Test accommodations are arranged on an individual basis considering the nature of the disability, test format, technical skills of the student and a sense of what is fair and reasonable for the circumstances. Students who most frequently use test accommodations include those with learning, visual, motor, hearing and psychological disabilities.
For special testing circumstances, please contact the Dean of Students at least one week in advance.
Typically, test accommodations include:
- Extended time
- Low stimulus environment
- Large print
Test accommodation requests are initiated by the student and coordinated by the Disability Resource Center and the Assessment Center staff. At least one week's advance notice is required and accommodations must be conducive to educationally sound testing procedures.
Auxiliary aids include interpreters, readers, note-takers, recorders, or other equipment needed by some students to ensure equal educational opportunity. The Disability Resource Center is responsible for arranging appropriate aids when requested by students with advance notice. The college pays for academic aids deemed necessary for a student's educational access if they are not available from another source; however, it does not pay for personal aids such as attendant care or individually prescribed devices of a personal nature.
The Disability Resource Center is responsible for assisting disabled students with modifications and adjustments to allow academic access and ensure that requirements do not discriminate on the basis of a disability. Requirements that are essential to the program of instruction or directly related to licensing are not considered to be discriminatory.
Modifications may include:
- Extra time permitted for completion of course work
- Adaptation in how specific courses are conducted
- Usage of auxiliary aids or adaptive equipment