Exam Accommodations | Student Accessibility Services (SAS) | Kent State University

Exam Accommodations

Accommodations available

Exam accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • extended time for exams (for traditionally timed tests)
  • reduced distraction testing environment
  • a reader to read aloud exam questions/answers
  • a scribe to transcribe a student’s dictated answers to exam questions
  • use of a CCTV to enlarge text
  • the option of providing answers in an alternative format, such as orally in place of written answers or typing answers on a word processor
  • enlarged print or BRAILLE

administering accommodations in the classroom

A student may take their exam in the classroom with accommodations, and we ask that instructors make the necessary arrangements in order to accommodate the student. For example, a reduced distraction environment (i.e. your office, an empty classroom, etc.) may need to be identified for a student, or instructors may need to make scheduling arrangements in order to provide extended time for the exam. In some cases, instructors may need to determine with the student an alternative exam/quiz date and/or time in which you, as the instructor, is available to answer any questions the student may have during the exam. 

SAS testing center

If instructors are not able to provide the testing accommodations the student is eligible for, the student may be referred to SAS for those accommodations, and/or it may be necessary for the instructor to consult with SAS regarding other possible solutions. The SAS office works with students and instructors to provide an alternative testing location that ensures integrity of the classroom testing environment as closely as possible.

Any incidents of improper test taking, as defined by the University’s Policy on Student Cheating and Plagiarism, will be handled as if the incident occurred in the classroom. If cheating is evident, the SAS proctor will stop the exam immediately and the exam will be returned the instructor with a written explanation of what occurred. It is expected that instructors hold the student accountable for their inappropriate action as the instructor would for other students.

SAS Testing Hours: Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Finals week: Monday through Friday - 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

EXAM SUBMISSION PROCESS

If the student is taking an exam in the SAS office, you are responsible for sending a copy of the exam to SAS at least 24 hours prior to the exam date. You should complete the Exam Instruction Form for all exams and attach an electronic copy of the exam. If your exam is online, you should complete the Exam Instruction Form and include all information needed for the student to take the exam. You can select your preferred return method on the form. You or a designee can pick up the exam from SAS (University Library Suite 100), or SAS can scan and email the completed exam to the your Kent State email address. SAS no longer delivers exams.

How to provide extended time through blackboard learn

Please review the "Tests with Extended Time" tutorial, created by the Blackboard Learn support team,  for step-by-step instructions on extending time for exams in Blackboard Learn. 

questions or concerns?

Faculty are encouraged to contact Patti Marcum, Exam & Office Coordinator, at 330-672-3391 or at pmarcum@kent.edu.