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Types of Testing Accommodations
Exam accommodations are decided by a student and their access consultant. Below are some of the exam accommodations that are supported at the University of Minnesota. All accommodation questions should be directed to the student's access consultant.
Disability Accommodations in Other Testing Environments
How testing accommodations occur at the Disability Resource Center do not necessarily translate to other testing environments (GRE, Professional Licensing Exams, etc.) Please contact the responsible agency/organization to inquire about testing accommodations policies, practices and environments.
This accommodation is for students that need a minimally-distracting space to test.
Private: Student is alone in a space
Semi-Private: Student is with a few other individuals
Extended time is based on the duration of the exam for the class, and then extended per a student’s accommodation. Students are granted extended time for a variety of reasons and disabilities.
Example: The class receives 50 minutes, but a students accommodation letter says the student should be allowed time and one-half. Since the class receives 50 minutes, the student should receive up to 1 hour and 15 minutes.
An “unlimited” amount of time is not an accommodation recommended by specialists, nor is it permitted in the DRC Testing Center.
CCTV: Allows student to zoom in or out on a page, as well as change the text and background color to best work with their visual acuity.
The exam will need to be provided in an alternate format so the student can access it. Examples:
- Large Print: enlarged text such as 18 point with bold font
- Kurzweil: A Text-to-Speech software program that uses a synthesized voice so the student can hear the exam as well as read it.
- Braille: Tactile text used by students who are Blind or have Low Vision.
- RTF: A Microsoft Word-based format that is compatible with most screen reader programs
Computer Applications Supported in and by the DRC Testing Center:
- Kurzweil 1000
- Kurzweil 3000
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
A computer may be needed to:
- Type instead of hand-write answers,
- Use a screen-reader program such as Kurzweil or JAWS,
- Use a Voice-to-Text program to write answers such as Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Use a screen magnifier such as ZoomText
This accommodation is available for students that need assistance reading and/or writing exams.