Exam Accommodations

Common exam-related accommodations provided to qualified students

Student Disability Resources engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Students must provide appropriate documentation that supports the use of any accommodation.


These are examples of commonly provided exam-related accommodations and will vary from student to student.


Allows the student to take breaks during the exam.

Daylight hours

Allows the student to reschedule evening exams to be taken between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Extra time

Allows the student more time to take their exam by increasing the allowable time for the exam by 50% or 100%.


Allows the student to have and consume food and/or drink during the exam.


Allows the student to take a paper-based exam instead of a computerized or Scantron exam.

Use of assistive technology

Allows the student to use technology for...

  • enlarging the size of the exam
  • reading the exam to the student
  • allowing the student to dictate their answers
  • using a calculator
  • using a computer for writing intensive exams

SDR Exam Center usage

Some exam accommodations are provided by having the student schedule and take their exam in the Student Disability Resources Exam Center located in 209 Boucke. The SDR Exam Center provides...

  • a distraction-reduced testing environment
  • individualized workstations for each student
  • a professional proctored environment including the use of cameras

Students approved to use the exam center will be directed to a video introduction to the policies and procedures used and then allowed to schedule their exams via an online system.

Related content
  • Exam Accommodations Guide
    Guide for faculty on providing common exam accommodations such as additional time, alternate test formats, and/or a distraction-reduced environment