Test-taking accommodations apply to all in-class assessments—including quizzes, tests, exams, and timed in-class writing assignments. If you have test-taking accommodations, you will need to talk with your professors about how to best implement them. Sometimes arrangements for extended time and/or a distraction-reduced environment are best handled between you and your professor. Often, lab exams, short quizzes and assessments rich in music or video fall into this category, as well as times when professors are able to meet students’ testing accommodation needs. Alternatively, if a professor is unable to meet your accommodation needs, you can arrange to take your exams via proctoring at the Proctoring Center.

Quizzes

You should ask your professor whether there will be class quizzes (planned or pop), and what they’ll be like (5 short-answer questions? 6-8 true/false? etc.) and how much time students will have to complete the quizzes. Many students determine that they won’t need extended time for quizzes. Others work out with professors ways that they’ll use extended time for quizzes, including arriving early, finishing an incomplete quiz after class, or even taking the quiz in the Proctoring Center. If your professor needs any help with determining how to manage accommodations for quizzes, ask him or her to call ODS Director Marni Jones at 717-245-1734.

Proctoring

For each exam that you will be taking in the ODS Proctoring Center, you will need to create an electronic proctoring request in Office 365™ following these guidelines. You must submit your proctoring requests electronically before returning your Blue Forms to ODS and one week before any proctoring is needed.

The Proctoring Coordinator is Susan Frommer, and she can be reached at proctoring@dickinson.edu or at 717-254-8107.

Proctoring Center Policies

  1. All test proctoring requests must be submitted one full week in advance of the test date.
  2. Blue Forms for classes requiring test proctoring must be returned to ODS (in Dana 105) one full week in advance of the test date.
  3. Your exam begins at the start time of your proctoring appointment. Late arriving students will NOT be given additional time to account for their tardiness.
  4. Students should be prepared to demonstrate empty pockets, hats, etc. before the start of test-taking and before/after a restroom break.
  5. Students should be prepared to be accompanied by ODS staff to the restroom.
  6. Video surveillance cameras are in use in all testing rooms. 
  7. Cell phones must be silenced and given to ODS staff before a test begins.
  8. Smart watches are not permitted in testing rooms.  
  9. Students who attempt to access a cell phone, smart watch or any other suspect materials during testing will be reported to the Committee on Academic Standards. ODS staff have no discretion in this regard.