Accessibility Resource Center

Testing Services

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Summer Hours:
The Griffon Testing Center will be closed from July 29 through September 14, 2016.  

Regular Business Hours During the Semester:
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Testing Hours During the Semester:
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All exams must be scheduled so they can be completed by 1 p.m. Typically, most students need time and a half to complete their exams. For example: 

A 50 minute exam would last 75 minutes and would need to be scheduled no later than 11:45 a.m.
A 90 minute exam would last 135 minutes and would need to be scheduled no later than 10:45 a.m.  

Information for Instructors

Whenever possible, it is preferable for all students to take their quizzes and exams in the classroom in case something needs to be clarified by the instructor during the course of the exam. To the greatest extent possible, the testing process should be designed to be accessible and inclusive for a diverse group of learners in order to minimize the need for ad hoc accommodations.

When working with students with disabilities, the most frequently encountered barrier that prevents them from having an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned is an exam that does not allow them to have enough time to read, process and respond to all of the test questions. If you are teaching an online course, or if you administer online exams, making the exam accessible can be as simple as adjusting the amount of time for a student who needs more time. Within the traditional classroom, this is only slightly more complicated. Many instructors administer the exam within the classroom and if a student needs more time, instructors, or their administrative assistants, find a quiet place for the student to complete the exam.

Traditional paper and pencil exams can create barriers for students who have disabilities related to vision and dexterity. To make an exam accessible for a blind student, for example, we can place a laptop computer in the classroom with software that will read the exam aloud (through headphones) to the student. For students who have limited use of their hands and fingers, exams can be made accessible through the use of adaptive computer hardware and software. Staff members in the Instructional Media Center can place technology in the classroom which will allow the vast majority of students to take their exams in the classroom with their peers. The one exception would be a student who needs to use voice dictation hardware and software (i.e., Dragon Naturally Speaking) because that would create a distraction for the other students. For those situations, it will be necessary to administer exams outside the classroom.

If a student prefers to take their tests in the Griffon testing Center, quizzes and exams can be scheduled by following the procedures outlined below:

  • Students are encouraged to provide their instructors with a copy of their Student Information Letter during the first week of the semester to initiate the process for taking their exams in the Griffon testing Center. The Student Information Letter describes the barriers that have been identified by the Accessibility Resource Center that will prevent the student from having the same opportunities as his or her peers. Detailed within the Student Information Letter are the steps the University will take to remove those barriers in order to create an equitable testing experience for the student. When the date of an exam is approaching, instructors and students should work together to determine the day and time when the student will take the exam in the Griffon testing Center. The instructor will need to include this information when completing the Testing Services Request Form (Currently unavailable while the GTC is closed from 7/13-7/18). Our staff will only administer an exam on the day and time specified on the form by the instructor.
  • We need to have all forms and exams at least 48 hours prior to the date of the exam in case we have any questions about how the exam is to be administered and/or if the exam needs to be reformatted to be accessible for the student.
  • All completed exams will be kept in a secure location. Instructors will need to pick up their completed exams between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The Center is closed on Friday.
  • The GTC administers exams Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The GTC is closed on Friday.

 

Information for Students

You will need to provide your instructors with a copy of your Student Information Letter during the first week of the semester to initiate the process for taking your exams in the Griffon Testing Center. Your letter describes the barriers typically found in the post-secondary educational environment that prevent students with disabilities from having the same opportunities as their peers. Detailed within your letter are the steps the University will take to remove those barriers. As soon as you know that you have an exam coming up, you need to work with your instructor to determine the day and time when you will take the exam in the Griffon testing Center. Students do not need to make an appointment with the Griffon Testing Center ARC to take their exams. Your instructors will include this information when they complete the Testing Services Request Form.  Griffon testing Center staff will only administer an exam on the date and time specified by the instructor on the form.

  • Students are responsible for showing up and being prepared to take their exam at the scheduled time. Students who are more than 5 minutes late may be required to reschedule their exam.
  • Students are responsible for adhering to the the Academic Honesty Policy as outlined in the MWSU Policy Guide.
  • When working with your instructor to determine what day and time you will take your exam,  make sure that your testing time does not interfere with attending your other classes.
  • Remember to bring pens and pencils with you.
  • Remember, cell phones are collected at the front desk as you enter the testing center.
  • Remember to study.

       GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS