Test Proctoring Accommodations

The use of extended time and/or a quiet room to take course exams is a highly used, highly effective accommodation for students with so many different disabilities.

What to do

Test proctoring by DSPS is done in two conjoining labs:   the High Tech Center (HTC) and the Instructional Assistance Center (IAC.)  Both are through the large electronic doors on the first floor of San Gabriel, SG 108 and 110.

If any of your tests require the use of a computer in any way, your student will be taking all of your tests in the HTC.  An HTC Specialist will send you an electronic authorization form which will list the accommodations that have been approved for your student.  Please fill this out completely and return it to the specialist.

If your tests are completely paper and pencil, your student will be taking your tests in the IAC.  She will present you with a green authorization for test proctoring form signed by a IAC Specialist.  Please fill this out completely and give to the student to return.

What not to do

A student’s right to confidentiality is protected by law.  Please don’t ask them what their disability is or why they need accommodations.  Be assured we have done that and we are abiding by the law.

If there is something you want to change about the arrangements the specialist has listed on the form, please talk to the specialist, not the student.

Don’t tell the student you can accommodate him in the classroom.  You don’t know that.  You don’t want to insist on an arrangement that would have negative consequences for the student.  Talk to the specialist.

How students benefit from test proctoring accommodations

Students with learning disabilities may need extra time for a myriad of reasons.  They may be slow to process what they read or slow to retrieve information from memory, or slow to retrieve expressive vocabulary.  They may need the extra time to proofread their work for visual errors, like reading a + as a x sign.

Students with physical impairments may need the extended time to utilize adaptive technology or for breaks.

Students with chronic illness or psychiatric disorder may be heavily medicated, and need time to work through the brain fog. 

Students with clinical anxiety disorder use the time and a quiet room to calm themselves. 

Students with attention deficit disorder or Autism may need extra time and a quiet room to focus their attention on the task. 

Is it an unfair advantage

It has been falsely asserted that any student would score higher, given more time.  What is true about course material is that either you know it or you don’t, and if you don’t know it, no amount of extra time will help. 

At Glendale College, we typically authorize double the amount of time given to the rest of the class. 

Test accommodations allow students with disabilities the opportunity to access the information they do know, so that you can fairly grade their mastery of your course material.

We have never met a student who liked having a disability.  They may appreciate using DSPS services, but every one of them would prefer not having to use them.