Exam Accommodations

Exam Accommodations provide alternative times, methods, or materials for students to demonstrate what they know.

What are they?

Exam accommodations are changes in when, where, or how a student completes a quiz, test, or exam. Examples include

  • A distraction-reduced environment
  • Extended time
  • A computer and/or assistive technology (such as text-to-speech)
  • A Scribe or Reader
  • Use of a formula sheet, memory aid, or calculator

Why are Exam Accommodations important?

Exams are designed to evaluate student learning. A traditional timed, paper and pen exam also evaluates extraneous skills such as reading size 12 font, writing, focusing, or sitting. When these skills limit a student’s ability to demonstrate what they know, exam accommodations remove these barriers.  

Who might use Exam Accommodations?

Instructors who rely on exams to evaluate student learning will use this accommodation.
Students may be eligible for exam accommodations if they have a disability impacting processing speed, written output, attention, sight, memory, stamina, or dexterity. Some examples of relevant disabilities include a Learning Disability, Visual or Mobility Impairment, Autism, or Mental Health Disability.

How do I support Exam Accommodations in my classroom?

Instructors can support exam accommodations by

  • Including a variety of evaluation methods and tools for summative and formative assessment
  • Offering flexible options for when, where, and/or how students complete exams
  • Letting students know about accommodations and connecting them with Accessibility Services
  • Students leaving the classroom for exam accommodations need instructors to confirm scheduling information and send exams to KPU’s Assessment and Testing Services

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