Accommodated Testing

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 the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) staff. Once approved, students schedule exams on myOARS Online.  Although test scheduling will be done through myOARS Online, exam accommodations for students registered with DRC will be administered by the University Testing. University Testing is located in Torreyson West, Room 315. Please consult with OARS for specific accommodation questions. If you have exam specific questions, please consult with University Testing.

Students with disabilities may receive test accommodations determined on an individual basis. “Test,” as used in this context, refers to quizzes and examinations taken during the semester in conjunction with an academic class, both on campus and online. Students should discuss their specific needs for testing accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) staff.

Test accommodations are determined on an individualized basis and 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

Tests must be taken during the regular class time unless an alternate time is approved by the instructor. This will be determined by University Testing Accommodations and the instructor.

Testing Accommodation Procedures

Once students are approved by Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS), testing accommodations will be administered by the University Testing located in Torreyson West Room 315.

Scheduling Exams

Exams must be scheduled on myOARS Online and should be scheduled at least 3 business days in advance. See directions below on scheduling your exam:

  1. Log into myOARS Online
  2. Select  “Alternative Testing” from the menu on the left.
  3. A drop down box of your courses will appear. Select the course you wish to schedule an exam.
  4. Fill out the information about the exam including the testing accommodations you wish to use.
  5. Click submit. You will see a checkmark at the top of the screen if your request was submitted successfully.

*Please Note: If you have back to back classes please consult with University Testing and your instructor to find a time to take your exam so that you do not miss any of your other classes.

University Testing

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

Contact Information for University Testing:

  • Director of University Testing: Courtney Dycus
  • Location: Torreyson West Room 315
  • Phone: 501-450-3209
  • Email:

Testing Procedures

  1. Review the e-form agreement information in your myOARS user profile for more detailed information about your testing accommodations.
  2. Schedule your exams on myOARS (
  3. Report to Torreyson West 315 on time for your exam.
  4. Other procedures may apply. See University Testing for further instruction.


Exams must be scheduled at least 3 business days in advance in order to ensure adequate accommodations and must be scheduled within the parameters of University Testing business hours. 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 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 an exam in class. There must be an agreement made between the instructor and the student of whether or not the instructor can or cannot accommodate double testing time in class. Otherwise, the student will decline their double testing time if they take the exam in class.  University Testing 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 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 reserves the right to refuse testing accommodations for those students who do not arrive on time.