Supplemental Information Regarding Testing Accommodations

BREAKS DURING TESTS

For in-person exams, when a student has “Short Breaks”, please add 10 minutes for every hour of exam time. For “Breaks as Needed”, please add .5x to the exam time.

For remote exams, you can add extended time on exams in D2L by following the instructions from the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI). Note that D2L uses the term "special access". Please use "breaks" when communicating with students about extended time. Examples below:

  • Student has no extended time but has “breaks during exams” = add 1.5x extended time
  • Student has 1.5x extended time and has “breaks during exams” = 2.0x extended time
  • Student has 2.0x extended time and has “breaks during exams”= 2.5x extended time

Distraction Reduced Space

For in-person exams, students who qualify for a distraction reduced testing space need a location with minimal outside noise and commotion. Visual and auditory distraction should also be minimal. Generally, providing these students with a separate room for testing (away from the testing space) is most appropriate. Note: Seating students in the back of a crowded classroom, in a hallway, or asking the class to remain silent, does not constitute a reduced distraction environment.

For remote exams, this accommodation is not needed unless students are asked to test together in the same Zoom room with microphones and/or cameras on. 

Reference Material

For in-person and remote exams: A single reference sheet or formula card is allowed unless doing so fundamentally alters learning outcomes of the course. The information provided on the card should be the information needed in order to help a student answer a question on the exam or quiz. IT SHOULD NOT INCLUDE THE EXACT INFORMATION NEEDED TO ANSWER A QUESTION ON THE EXAM OR QUIZ. For example, on a geometry quiz, the formula card may include: "y=mx+b", but the question on the quiz would be "Solve: 3y=12x+15".

Students must create and then submit their reference sheet to their instructor electronically within a reasonable time prior to the exam so the instructor can ensure the content is ok to be with the student for the exam.

For remote exams only: Instructors who are using Proctorio will work with the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) to set this up.

Four Function Calculator

For in-person and remote exams: Students who are eligible for this accommodation should be permitted to use a four-function (add, subtract, multiply, divide) calculator on any in-class work or exam that requires mathematical computation, unless one or more of those four functions are an essential part of the learning outcomes in the course.

Adaptive Software

For remote exams: The Disability Resource Center will work with the student to ensure they have any adaptive software they may need. The use of adaptive software may affect how Proctorio functions. Instructors who use Proctorio can connect with OAI about how to handle this by completing the OAI contact form.

**Students who test in-person will need access to their own computer and technology during the exam.

Exams at Alternate Time

For in-person and remote exams: This accommodation allows the student to take their exam at a different time from the class due to the nature of their disability. The exam must be taken on the same day as the rest of the class. Please communicate with the student to establish the scheduled time. Contact the DRC if there are any questions or concerns.

Exams in Multiple Sections

Students with this accommodation need the exam to be split into multiple sections. For example: an exam with 20 questions would be split into two sections of 10 questions each. The student would be given one section of the exam at a time.

Food & Drink Allowed During Tests, Exams, and Quizzes

Students who need access to food and drinks may have these items while testing remotely. If they are testing in-person, COVID mask protocols should be followed, and the student should be allowed to step out of the room to a space where they can safely eat or drink.

Extended Time

Extended time of 1.5x or 2x means the student should have the additional time added to the time given to the class to complete the exam. For example: if an exam is 1 hour, and the student has 1.5x, they should have 1.5 hours to take the exam. This accommodation applies to both in-person and all online/remote exams where the exam is timed.

For tests provided in D2L, you will need to adjust the quiz restriction settings in order to allow the student the extra time. 

Other Accommodations

For remote exams: The use of a dictionary, scratch paper, or talking aloud may affect Proctorio. Instructors can connect with OAI about how to handle this by completing the OAI contact form.


If you have questions about the information on this page, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

Email: drc@pdx.edu
Phone: 503-725-4150

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