Some students with different types of disabilities require special testing accommodations. The provision of appropriate testing accommodations for many students with disabilities is required by law. Depending on the disability-related needs of the students, testing accommodations may include:
Faculty who prefer to administer exams in their own office/department are responsible for all scheduling, quiet space, readers, computer access, and proctors, if needed. While there are numerous testing accommodations that may be appropriate or legally required, there are some that may be inappropriate, unfair, or not legally required.
This depends on the type of testing used and how the disabled students can most effectively demonstrate their knowledge. Listed below are some testing accommodations that are not generally recommended unless the method or procedure is offered to or required of non-disabled students in class.
Unlimited time for tests (Extended time such as double time is appropriate, but there is no requirement for unlimited time).
Oral Examinations (Oral exams in which the instructor and student engage in dialogue are not necessarily required. Oral exams differ from written exams that can be taped or read verbatim to the student who is blind or learning disabled.)
Alternative tests for disabled students might require a different grading or evaluation system. For example, different but comparable questions might be appropriate for a blind student who cannot view diagrams or other graphics.