Who is eligible for testing accommodations?

Testing accommodations are approved on an individual basis. Students seeking testing accommodations need to schedule an appointment with DSS staff and supply documentation to support their request.  When a student requests a testing accommodation for a course, DSS generates a notification letter to the faculty of that course.  More information on this process can be found on the testing accommodation page located in the faculty section of this website.

Test Anxiety is not considered a disability and DSS cannot provide testing accommodations based on testing anxiety alone. 

Books available through The Consortium Library that may be useful include:

  • Your College Experience
  • Becoming a Successful Student
  • The Ultimate College Survival Guide
  • Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD
  • Straight Tips for Success in College and Beyond
For students who experience anxiety that has been diagnosed by a mental health professional there are additional accommodations that may be appropriate. Any student who is looking for more information should schedule an appointment to talk with DSS staff.


What kind of testing accommodations are available?

Testing accommodations are determined on an individualized basis. Some of the accommodations that may be appropriate based on supporting documentation include:

  • Extended testing time
  • Reduced distraction environment
  • Alternate format testing materials
  • Adaptive software and/or Scribe and/or Reader


What are my responsibilities as a student using testing accommodations?

As a student using testing accommodations you are responsible for requesting a faculty notification letter at the beginning of the semester, giving that letter to your instructor or professor, scheduling your test if DSS will serve as proctor, and abiding by all relevant university policies.

As a student using testing accommodations with DSS as proctor you are responsible for scheduling your exams with our office.  We recommend coming in with the syllabus and scheduling all tests and exams right at the start of the semester. If scheduling is done throughout the semester it is imperative that as much advance notification as possible be given. Our department needs to coordinate with faculty and schedule rooms appropriately.

Tests and quizzes that are proctored by our department are to be administered the same day and time they are administered in the classroom.

The Testing Contract filled out by professors and instructors who are having DSS proctor will be used to determine how the test is administered. Any deviation from the Testing Contract will be embedded in the Faculty Notification Letter that your professor/instructor will receive.