Students who have been approved for testing (including quiz) accommodations are e-mailed a letter that serves as verification for their professors. It is the student’s responsibility to show the faculty member the letter and begin the discussion of how testing accommodations will be arranged.
It is acceptable for faculty to make testing arrangements without involving Disability Services, as long as appropriate accommodations are made.
If the faculty member would prefer that the student take a quiz/test in the Disability Services office, it is the student’s responsibility to make necessary arrangements with the Coordinator of Disability Services, in a timely manner.
It is the Coordinator’s responsibility to maintain the security of the quiz/test if it is taken in Disability Services. Communication between the faculty member and the Coordinator regarding the administration of the quiz/test is very important.
Step 2: Complete a Testing Accommodation Request
Test requests need to be submitted 5 business days prior to the day of the test. Testing accommodation requests must be submitted for each test the student chooses to take at Disability Services (DS). If the requested test day/time is different from the class, the students must have the change approved by the professor. Test requests can be made through the Disability Services Portal.
Step 3: Disability Services Emails the Class Instructor
Disability Services emails the student's professor confirming the date/time of the test, accommodations, testing process (paper/pencil or EduCat), delivery/return request, and acceptable outside resources. The student is cc'd on this email as a test confirmation.
Step 4: Testing Accommodations
Disability Services then schedules a room and proctor (if applicable). Paper tests are delivered or emailed by professors. DS staff will complete EduCat overrides as necessary.
Step 5: Test Day
Students arrive at the Disability Services office to take their test instead of going to class. DS coordinates with the professor regarding test delivery options (pick up, campus mails, scan/email or delivery).
If a professor decides to accommodate testing modifications themselves (extended time and/or alternate test site), Disability Services can provide a test proctor to help administer the test if needed. Proctors can assist with reading/scribing and maintaining test integrity.
Professor talking points regarding testing accommodations
Example: My name is ____________________. I have a diagnosed disability. Here is my accommodation letter, which verifies my disability and shows that I have been approved for testing accommodations.
1. Ask if the professor plans to arrange an alternate testing site or if you should take the test in Disability Services?
2. Make sure the professor knows how much time you should have (time and a half or double time), ESPECIALLY if the test is in Educat.
3. Let the professor know if you plan to have a test reader or a scribe, this may affect where the professor wants you to take the test.
4. Discuss any scheduling issues with the professor. For example, if you have to begin an exam a half hour early or if the professor lectures before or after test.
5. Make sure the professor knows that if there are any questions regarding how testing accommodations should be arranged, he/she should contact the Disability Services Office.
**Make test accommodation requests through the NMU DIsability Services Portal at least 5 business days prior to test date.**