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Testing Accommodations

Testing Accommodation Information

Testing accommodations are provided to ensure that tests, quizzes and exams do not measure a student’s disability, but rather create an environment allowing that student to appropriately demonstrate their mastery of the material. For most students, the disability affects the pace at which they can complete work relative to other students. Providing an approved testing accommodation ensures that test, quiz and exam grades most fairly represent the student’s understanding of the course material with minimal interference from the impact of the student’s disability.  Testing accommodations provide a level playing field, not an unfair advantage.

Testing accommodations are approved by Disability Resource Center staff. Students with disabilities are approved for testing accommodations on a case-by-case basis. “Test,” as used in this context, refers to tests, quizzes, exams, mid-terms and finals both on campus and online. Once approved, students schedule exams through myDRC Online.  Although test scheduling will be done through myDRC Online, testing accommodations for students registered with the DRC will be administered by the University Testing Center in Torreyson West, Room 315.  Contact the Disability Resource Center if you have questions about specific types of testing accommodations.  If you have questions about implementing or administering testing accommodations, please consult with the University Testing Center.

Testing accommodations may include:

  • Extended time to complete examinations and quizzes
  • A testing location reduced of distractions
  • Equipment such as a computer, magnifier, or Braille
  • Readers and scribes
  • Alternative formats

Testing Accommodation Procedures

Once the Disability Resource Center approves testing accommodations, testing accommodations are implemented and administered by the University Testing Center located in Torreyson West Room 315.
Students must schedule exams through myDRC Online and should be scheduled at least 3 full business days in advance. 

REMINDER: Students must communicate with their instructors prior to taking a test in class.  Students approved for the extra time accommodation who cannot take their test during the regularly scheduled class time must consult with faculty to determine the appropriate date and time to take the test. It is up to the faculty member as to when the student can take the test.

Directions for Students Scheduling Tests:

  1. Once logged into myDRC Online you will select  “Alternative Testing” from the menu located on the left.
  2. A drop down box of your courses will appear.
  3. Select the course for which you wish to schedule an exam.
  4. Fill out the information about the test including the testing accommodations you wish to use when you take the test.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email that you have scheduled your test.

University Testing Center

The University Testing Center administers the exam needs of students with disabilities by proctoring test/quiz accommodations and scheduling exam times. University Testing Center works closely with UCA faculty concerning the proctoring of exams.  

Contact Information for University Testing Center:

  • Director of University Testing Center: Courtney Dycus
  • Location: Torreyson West Room 315
  • Phone: 501-450-3209
  • Email: testing@uca.edu

Testing Procedures

  1. Review the e-form agreement information in your myDRC user profile for more detailed information about your testing accommodations.
  2. Schedule your tests through myDRC Online (see Directions for Students Scheduling Tests above).
  3. Report to Torreyson West 315 for your tests.
  4. Other procedures may apply. See University Testing for further instruction
  • Exam Scheduling: To schedule exams log onto myDRC Online.
  • For more information regarding University Testing, please call 501-450-3209.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Exams must be scheduled at least 3 full business days in advance in order to ensure adequate accommodations and must be scheduled within the parameters of University Testing business hours. Exams may be scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (no later than 2:00 p.m. in order to receive double testing time). University Testing reserves the right to refuse testing accommodations for those students who do not schedule examinations in advance. You and your instructor will receive a confirmation e-mail with the testing time you requested along with a copy of the information you submitted. If there are any issues with the exam request you submit online, University Testing will contact you as soon as possible so other arrangements can be made.

Students must contact University Testing Center as early as possible to cancel their appointment if circumstances prevent keeping the appointment. Students must clear any changes in appointment time, date, or conditions with their instructors if such changes are needed. This should be done prior to rescheduling with University Testing.

Students must communicate with their instructors prior to taking a test in class.  Students approved for the extra time accommodation who cannot take their test during the regularly scheduled class time must consult with faculty to determine the appropriate date and time to take the test. It is up to the faculty member as to when the student can take the test.

University Testing Center provides testing rooms and will always provide the double testing time and space is never a problem with scheduling.

Students must arrive on time at the University Testing Center location. Students who are late can be docked the late minutes from the time available to complete the examination. Because of limited seating, after 15 minutes, it will be assumed that you are a “NO SHOW” and your seat may be given away. University Testing Center reserves the right to refuse testing accommodations for those students who do not arrive on time.