Testing Accommodations for In-Person and Remote/Online Classes

Instructors are primarily responsible for proctoring exams and quizzes for DRC students just as with non-DRC students alike. This page is designed to assist you in doing so for all in-person and remote exams and quizzes.


IMPORTANT:  Faculty are expected to communicate with their students who have testing accommodations to discuss how the student will receive their accommodations on upcoming exams and quizzes.  A variety of options exist for ensuring accessibility for your in-person and remote/online assessments: 

Are you able to implement multiple or alternative means of assessment for the course?

Universal Design for Learning is a flexible pedagogical framework to minimize barriers and increase accessibility for the fullest range of students possible. A ramp allows the full range of people to access a building while a stairway allows only some. In the same way, UDL asks us to trade “one size fits all” thinking to imagine curriculum designs that open the doors to any student. UDL focuses on increasing flexibility, choice, and relevance within three main components of curriculum design and implementation. 

When we think about UDL in testing, this can include more robust class participation, presentations, papers, or other creative methods to demonstrate student learning. Students with and without disabilities alike benefit from student-centered educational environments that do not include testing. 

This type of assessment requires far fewer accommodations for those with disabilities so there’s an added benefit in lessening the burden on the DRC and on faculty having to implement accommodations. 

Are you able to put the exams and quizzes in D2L or Canvas?

Students who use accommodations like “distraction reduced testing” and “breaks during tests” will find that having their exams in D2L or Canvas allows for them to choose their testing location and take breaks as needed. Therefore, the exam is more accessible. Accommodations like “Extended time” can easily be added to the exam by the instructor. 

Putting exams into the LMS for all of your students (DRC and non-DRC alike) increases the likelihood all of your students will be able to demonstrate their learning for you.

More information on how to move exams to D2L can be found on the OAI webpage. 

If instructors are concerned about the security of moving their exams to D2L or
Canvas, a service called “Proctorio” exists to ensure the total learning integrity of every assessment. This service is been used across various PSU schools and departments. Proctorio has also been successfully vetted by our accessibility team. However, please keep in mind that using Proctorio may significantly decrease the accessibility of exams unless instructors carefully indicate in the settings what accommodations the student is allowed to use during the test. Proctorio would also be paid for by individual academic departments using the 

One caveat: Students need to have access to a personal computer in order to take the exam; so for students without a computer (with a working camera), this option may create a disparity. In those situations, the professor would need to go with another option. 

Are you able to proctor the exam yourself?

This is an option that many faculty have used for years. Oftentimes, faculty feel the need to proctor the tests of all of their students in case any questions arise or if clarification needs to be provided to all test-takers. See below for information on how to proctor exams with accommodations.

Are you able to collaborate with others in the department to proctor the exam?

This, again, is an option that many faculty have used for years. In this scenario, faculty choose this option as a way to keep the exam taker close by (in case questions arise during the exam) without having to do the proctoring directly. The proctor could be an admin staff, GA/TA, other faculty, etc. The exam could also not be proctored at all, but rather the student could take it in a totally secure location like an empty faculty office without needing to have a proctor in the space with them. See below for information on how to proctor exams with accommodations.


If you or a colleague will be proctoring DRC accommodated exams and/or quizzes, we recommend that you first review the DRC Faculty Notification Email(s) you have received for the current term and visit the linked information from the email to relevant DRC web pages about testing accommodations. 
Some testing accommodations are irrelevant in D2L and Canvas while other accommodations remain necessary. We do our best to break this distinction down and give you as much support as possible. 
That should answer most questions you may have, however, if you continue to have questions, please reach out to the DRC by calling 503-725-4150 or emailing drc@pdx.edu for further assistance.

PSU Testing Services Proctoring Support

There are no in-person proctoring services available until Fall 2021 finals week. Until then, if you could benefit from additional support, the Testing Services staff is happy to help you navigate proctoring accommodated exams for your students.

More information will be coming out by October 25th about how to schedule exams at with Testing Services and proctored in pop-up proctoring spaces around campus. 

You can visit the Testing Services website for more information.


 You can find more information about specific testing accommodations on our supplemental information page.

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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