Berea College students who are registered with Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) may be eligible for testing accommodations if the functional impact of the student’s disability adversely affects his/her ability to take exams or quizzes under the same conditions as their classmates. Please see Accommodation Procedures for more information.
The guiding principle of testing accommodations is to remove or reduce barriers to the test-taking process and thus enable students with disabilities to be assessed on an equal basis with their nondisabled peers. Testing accommodations provide an opportunity for students with disabilities to demonstrate the mastery of skills and attainment of knowledge without being limited or restricted by their disability.
Testing accommodations may involve the modification of timing, the setting, the method of presentation, and/or the method of response. It essentially allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the course content in an alternative way without undue interference from their disability.
Examples of Testing Accommodations
- Extended test time; the extent of additional time is based on the student’s functional limitations
- Reducing distractions in the testing environment
- Providing the exam in an alternate text format (Braille, large print, audio, etc.)
- Use of assistive technology, calculator, and/or spell checker
- Providing a reader, scribe, and/or American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter
- Breaks during the test
- The presence of an Assistance Animal
- Others, as determined
Students who believe that, based on their disability, they need testing accommodations in one or more of their classes, should arrange to meet with Lisa Ladanyi, the Director of DAS, by calling 859-985-3237 or emailing email@example.com to make an appointment as soon as possible to engage in an interactive process to determine their individualized accommodations. Please note, this process can take several days and is best started at the beginning of each term. Please see Accommodation Procedures for more information.
There are several options to provide testing accommodations to students who are registered with DAS and have been approved for this accommodation.
- Faculty/Teaching Assistant Proctoring– Faculty members are encouraged to provide testing accommodations themselves whenever possible. Many faculty members arrange to proctor exams during office hours or have their teaching assistant(s) proctor exams.
- Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) Testing Room– Students may choose to take their exams in the DAS Testing Room (101 Lincoln Hall). The DAS Testing Room is monitored by the Office of Academic Services (OAS) labor students using cameras. Students should discuss this option with their instructor and the student or faculty member should schedule the exam by calling the Office of Academic Services at 859-985-3237 or emailing Channing Francis, the DAS Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The DAS Testing Room is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (using the DAS Testing Room outside of these hours will need to be discussed on a case-by-case basis; students should contact Channing Francis with the specific time of their exam to see if alternative arrangements can be made).