Testing Accommodations


The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case, course-by-course basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, they may be eligible for testing accommodations. Testing accommodations may include but are not limited to:

  • Extended time;
  • A reduced distraction environment or private room separate from the class;
  • Use of assistive technology such as a computer or speech-to-text software;
  • Readers and/or scribes.

Students will take exams at the scheduled time of the course unless they have made alternate arrangements with their faculty member. If the faculty cannot administer an exam either in class or within the department with the approved accommodations, exams may be administered by the CSD. The CSD is available to proctor exams Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If an exam will run beyond 5 p.m., students are advised to make alternate arrangements with their faculty. Exams administered by the CSD will be proctored by CSD staff in person and/or video cameras.

Any questions regarding testing accommodation procedures should be directed to Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or csdexams@uconn.edu.

Student Information Regarding Exam Administration:

Students with approved testing accommodations that have contacted their faculty regarding taking their exams at the CSD, should follow the procedures below to schedule their exams. Please contact Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or at csdexams@uconn.edu with any exam related questions or concerns.

BEFORE YOUR EXAMS and/or QUIZZES

  • You should discuss your approved testing accommodations with your faculty or Teaching Assistant (TA) to determine where you will take your exams and/or quizzes with your approved accommodations (e.g., in class, faculty’s office, at the CSD). The CSD highly recommends that you take your exams with your faculty whenever possible in order to receive any last minute instruction or information regarding the material in the exam and to have any questions answered that arise during an exam.
  • If you’re taking your exams at the Center, please submit your requests online to schedule your exams through your MyAccess account: www.myaccess.csd.uconn.edu (See Procedures for Scheduling Exams at the CSD)
  • Exam requests are due 7 days in advance (that includes regular exams and finals)! It is best to schedule all of your exams at the beginning of the semester.
  • When submitting your online requests to schedule your exams, check off the specifically approved accommodations that you require for each exam.
  • If you need to take an exam at a date and time that differ from the class’s scheduled exam time, please make arrangements with your faculty prior to submitting your request through MyAccess.
  • Avoid late exam requests!
    • If you need to schedule an exam that is less than 1 week away, please call the CSD to discuss scheduling your exam with Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator at (860) 486-2020.
    • If you submit a late request, the CSD may not be able to proctor your exam as space may not be available.

 

DAY OF EXAM

  • Be prepared with all your exam materials, including calculators, if they are allowed, pens/pencils, model kits for science courses, etc.
  • Pencil cases, calculators, and other testing materials will be checked before entering the exam room.
  • Scrap paper will be provided by the CSD if it is allowed by your instructor for your exam.
  • Earplugs and noise canceling headphones are available.
  • You can start your exam up to 15 minutes prior to or past the scheduled time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled start time, the CSD Exam Team must contact your instructor to get their approval to begin the exam late. CSD cannot guarantee that you will receive your full accommodation time if you arrive late to your exam.
  • The following items are not permitted in the exam rooms:
    • Cell phones/electronics
    • Hats/hoods
    • Baggy clothing
    • Food
    • Opaque bottles or cups

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • All exams will be proctored by a CSD employee either in person or by video monitoring.  Cameras are located in all testing rooms including private rooms.
    • If proctors observe suspicious behavior (cheating), they will notify the Accommodations Coordinator who will take the exam and notify your instructor of the suspicious behavior. The CSD Exam Team will follow your instructor’s instructions.
    • Academic misconduct will result in you being ineligible to take your exams at the CSD and all future exams will need to be scheduled with your faculty or TA.

If you ever have any questions or are not sure about something, do not hesitate to contact your DSP or the CSD at 860-486-2020 or at csdexams@uconn.edu.

Good luck this semester!

 

Faculty Information Regarding Exam Administration:

If you are unable to administer exams and/or quizzes to students with their approved testing accommodations, the CSD will assist you by proctoring exams at the Center. All exams must begin and end between our hours of operation, Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during finals when we will be able available during all exam blocks. Students must request to schedule their exams at the CSD through their MyAccess accounts. Through MyAccess, you will be able to view and approve students’ exam scheduling requests, set your preferences, securely upload exams for students to take at the CSD, and securely view and download the completed exams once students have finished them.

Questions regarding testing accommodations for a specific student should be addressed to the student’s Disability Service Provider (DSP) identified in the accommodations letter. DSP’s can be reached at (860) 486-2020 or csd@uconn.edu. Questions regarding the exam administration process or MyAccess should be directed to Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or at csdexams@uconn.edu.

Please get started by visiting www.instructors.csd.uconn.edu and reviewing the information below!

BEFORE EXAMS and/or QUIZZES:

  • Once you receive an email from the CSD regarding a student in your course with approved accommodations, please access your MyAccess account at www.instructors.csd.uconn.edu to view all your students with approved accommodations and their accommodation letters listing the approved accommodations.
  • While in your MyAccess account, set your preferences (e.g., phone and office number, email, etc.) to save you time throughout the semester.
  • When your students submit an online request to schedule to take an exam at the CSD (at least 7 days in advance), you will receive an email requesting that you approve the request and verify the information regarding the exam (e.g., date, start time, the class time allowed for test, etc.).
  • Login to www.instructors.csd.uconn.edu where you will be able to verify the request and exam information, including materials allowed for students to use during the exam, a return method for the completed exam, and any other important notes you have for its administration at CSD.:
  • Please remember to deliver or upload the exam at least 24 hours prior to the exam date. Options for exam delivery to the CSD include:
    • Secure Upload via MyAccess (preferred method)
    • HuskyCT/online
    • Faculty member or department designee drop off
    • Student delivery in a security envelope (we have these available at our center)
  • Requests for an alternate exam date or time, along with the reason for the request will be reflected in both the student’s online request and the confirmation email. If the alternate time or date poses a problem, we encourage you to be in contact with the student and the CSD.
  • Any request submitted after the 7-day deadline is considered late and the student must contact the exam team to discuss scheduling the exam. These late requests will be reviewed on an individualized basis. The CSD may not be able to proctor an exam for a student who submits a late request as space and resources at the Center are limited.

 

DAY OF THE EXAM or QUIZ:

  • Students may start the exam no more than 15 minutes in advance of their approved start time.
  • If a student arrives more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time of their exam, we will need your permission to begin.
  • Upon your request, students who are taking an exam at an earlier time may remain at the CSD until the class begins the exam. Please include these instructions in instructor notes.
  • Please provide us with your cell phone number or best method of contacting you during an exam in the case of late arrivals and student questions. This information can be set in your preferences.

 

AFTER THE EXAM or QUIZ:

  • All completed exams (except online or HuskyCT exams) will be securely uploaded to your MyAccess account. You will be able to view and download the completed exams there.
  • Depending on your preference, the student will be instructed to deliver the completed exam in a security envelope to the location of your choosing, or you or your designee can pick-up the completed exam. EXAMS WILL NOT BE RETURNED VIA CAMPUS MAIL
  • In the event a student does not show up to take a scheduled exam, you will receive an e-mail notification from the CSD.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • CSD graduate student employees serve as proctors for exams(either in-person proctor or via video monitoring). The CSD upholds the Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code, and academic misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated. In the event that a student is suspected of academic misconduct, the following steps will be taken:
    • The exam will be stopped and removed from the student.
    • CSD will contact you to apprise you of the situation.
    • You will determine an appropriate course of action, and CSD will follow through accordingly.
  • Academic misconduct will result in students’ ineligibility to take exams at the CSD.
  • For additional information regarding academic misconduct, please visit the Office of Community Standards website at: www.community.uconn.edu.

Any questions regarding exam administration procedures should be directed to Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or csdexams@uconn.edu.

Academic Misconduct:

  • CSD graduate student employees serve as proctors for exams (either in-person proctor or via video monitoring). The CSD upholds the Responsibilities of Community Life: The Student Code, and academic misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated. In the event that a student is suspected of academic misconduct, the following steps will be taken:
    • If proctors observe suspicious behavior (cheating), they will notify the Accommodations Coordinator who will stop and remove the exam while notifying the instructor of the suspicious behavior. The CSD Exam Team will follow the instructor’s instructions.
    • Academic misconduct will result in the student being ineligible to take the exams at the CSD and all future exams will need to be scheduled with your faculty or TA.
  • For additional information regarding academic misconduct, please visit the Office of Community Standards website at: www.community.uconn.edu.

Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions

Log into MyAccess and click on “Schedule an Exam” at least one week (7- days) in advance of the quiz/exam.

The CSD has several testing rooms to accommodate students. A reduced distraction environment does not mean a private room. Depending on the daily exam schedule, you may be in a room with other students (up to 30). We cannot guarantee a private room unless it is an approved accommodation. However, we have earplugs and noise-cancelling headphones available to minimize distractions.

No. At the beginning of each semester, students should discuss his/her approved exam accommodations with their faculty to determine where exams will be administered. Whenever possible, students should take their exams in class with the approved accommodations. However, if the instructor cannot administer the exam either in class or within the department with the approved accommodations, exams may be administered at the CSD Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
It is CSD policy that students take exams at the scheduled time of the course unless the faculty member approves an alternate time. If you have back-to-back classes and you’re concerned you may miss part or all of the following class due to an exam in the first class, the CSD will work with you and your faculty member to make appropriate arrangements. For example, if you are approved for extended time, and you have an exam in your 9 am class and then a class at 10 a.m., arrangements can be made for you to start the 9 a.m. exam earlier so that you can arrive on time to your next class.
The CSD has several testing rooms to accommodate students. A reduced distraction environment does not always mean a private room. Depending on the daily exam schedule, you may be in a room with other students (up to 30). The CSD cannot guarantee a private room unless it is an approved accommodation. However, we have earplugs and noise-cancelling headphones available to minimize distractions.
If a student arrives more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled exam, he/she must contact the instructor to receive approval to take the exams.
Students cannot bring anything into the exam room other than the materials previously approved by the professor (e.g., calculator, formula sheet, etc.). Cell phones, other electronics, backpacks, hats, bags or coffee cups are NOT allowed in the exam room. Food is not permitted in the exam room unless it is an approved accommodation. Clear, see-through drink containers are permitted. Students may also use CSD ear plugs or noise-canceling headphones upon request.
You may take a break during your exam if it is an approved accommodation. If approved, you are permitted a supervised 5-minute break in the CSD office. Students cannot access personal items during the break.
Once an exam begins, students are not allowed to leave the exam room to use the restroom unless it is an approved accommodation. Students are given the opportunity to use the restroom prior to the start of each exam. Students who are approved for this accommodation will be escorted to the restroom by a CSD employee in order to assure the academic integrity of the exam.
If you are concerned with this type of exam arrangement, please contact your Disability Service Provider at the Center to discuss alternatives. The CSD will work collaboratively with you and your instructors to assure an appropriate environment for your exams.
If possible, you can arrange to take the quiz with your instructor prior to the class. If this is not possible, the CSD can work collaboratively with you and your instructor to make arrangements to take the quiz at an alternate time.
It is the CSD’s policy that you take your exams at the scheduled time of the course unless an alternate day and/or time is approved by the instructor.
The CSD gives the scrap paper you used to your instructor. Formula sheets will be returned to the student.
Contact the CSD exam team as soon as possible if you need to make changes to a scheduled exam. The exam team can be reached at (860) 486-2020 or at csdexams@uconn.edu. You may also stop by the Center to speak to an exam team member in person.
In order to request additional testing accommodations, please contact your Disability Service Provider at the Center.
Approved accommodations apply to all exams including in-person and online exams. Instructors can extend the time you have to complete an exam on HuskyCT. Students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors on a regular basis and in advance of any online exams.
No. If an instructor allows the class unlimited time to complete an exam (within reason), the CSD will comply. Please note, however, that the CSD is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., so exams will be stopped at 5:00 p.m. unless alternate arrangements are made in advance.
The CSD is not authorized to answer any questions related to the content, meaning of information, wording of questions, etc. We will make every effort to contact your instructor during the exam. If we cannot contact your instructor, we will inform him/her about your question when your exam is returned.
Readers are only allowed to read exactly what is printed on the exam and cannot define or answer any questions. You may ask them to repeat material whenever necessary. Scribes are only allowed to write down what you have instructed them to write. You can review and edit anything written by the scribe at any time.

Procedure for Scheduling Quizzes and Exams at the CSD for Students:

All exams taken at the CSD are to be taken during the scheduled time of the class unless there is a specific conflict. The CSD is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. If your quiz/exam will go beyond 5 pm, please discuss your options with your instructor.

*Remember, requests must be submitted to the CSD at least one week (7 days) in advance of the quiz or exam in order to ensure sufficient time to provide your accommodations. Late requests may not be accommodated..*

Procedure

  1. Request your accommodation letters from your Disability Service Provider (DSP). You will not be able to submit an online exam request if you do not request your accommodation letters first.
  2. Log into MyAccess at http://myaccess.csd.uconn.edu.
  3. Click on Schedule an exam.
  4. Choose a class from the drop down menu.
  5. Select the accommodations required for the exam (choose all that apply).
  6. Choose the type of exam.
  7. Enter the date and time of the exam in class.
  8. Enter the time allotted for the exam in class.
  9. Enter when you will be taking the exam at the CSD- This should be the same time and day as the class unless you have received your instructor’s permission for an alternate time and/or date.
  10. If an alternate time has been arranged, please explain in the box provided.
  11. Make sure your exam time does not run past 5 p.m.
    • If your exam with approved accommodations will go past 5 p.m., enter an alternate time, approved by your instructor, as close as possible to the time of the exam in the class that will allow you to finish the exam by 5 p.m.
  12. Click Submit Request

Your faculty will review and approve your request. The CSD will review your request and schedule the exam. Once the exam is scheduled, you will receive an automated confirmation email from CSD-Exams with all of the exam information. You may log back into your MyAccess account to review your exam requests.

REMINDER: Academic misconduct will result in your being ineligible to take your exams at the CSD, and all future exams will need to be scheduled with your faculty or TA.

Please contact your DSP or the Accommodations Coordinator, Jaclyn Moriarty at (860) 486-2020 or csdexams@uconn.edu if you have any questions.