Extended Testing Time
Students may request extended test time from an instructor based upon documented need related to language proficiency or other special circumstance. If the instructor approves the request, the instructor prepares the test and determines what materials and tools may be used by the student and the length of the extended testing period.
Students are expected to accomplish coursework, including testing, within the time allocated for the course. Extended time for testing is an accommodation offered as short term assistance.
Students and faculty and are encouraged to consult with Academic Assistance Center (AAC) staff regarding the appropriateness of extended testing time. Students who believe they have not been treated fairly should talk to the instructor first. If the issue is not resolved, the student may pursue resolution through UMC's Grievance Procedures.
Note: Students with documented disabilities may have a legal right to alternative testing.
Reason for Policy
To assist students with who might need additional time due to a documented need.
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Submitting a request for extended time
- Student submits a request for extended time to the instructor.
- If the instructor approves the request, the instructor may conduct the extended time test under his or her guidance or use the services of the AAC.
- The AAC serves as the primary site for extended time testing for tests that take place outside of the classroom and at other than the instructor’s scheduled testing times.
- Faculty may use the Center as the site for general make-up exams, remote-site testing (students taking classes from other universities via ITV or on-line courses) or to offer a more flexible testing schedule to their students, including extended testing times.
What the AAC can provide:
- Testing services will be offered in Owen 270 from 5:00-7:00 pm every Tuesday and from 3:00-5:00 Thursday.
- Students will take exams in a large, quiet, open room supervised by professional staff and following generally accepted testing protocols.
- Because of limited staffing the AAC cannot provide proctoring if:
- additional security is required (for example, if the student must be individually observed to assure that no other web-sites are visited during an exam, or if an individual password is required) then the instructor will be responsible for proctoring that test; or
- the instructor wants to offer the student extended testing time, but would like the student tested during the regularly scheduled class time, then the faculty member will be responsible for proctoring that test.
Exams for students who have a documented disability will be scheduled through the Disability Resource Center, 270 Owen Hall, 281-8587.
Arranging for an out of class exam proctored at the AAC
- The student requests out of class testing from the instructor.
- The instructor reviews the need for out of class testing and approves or disapproves the request.
- If the student is approved for alternate site testing at the AAC during regular testing hours (5:00-7:00 Tuesday and 3:00-5:00 Thursday), the instructor must make arrangements with the AAC testing coordinator, 270 Owen Hall, 281-8557.
- Testing materials and/or instructions must accompany the exam, and must be received in the AAC by the testing coordinator no later than one hour before the exam is scheduled to be written. The instructor must provide explicit instructions. For example, are calculators, computers, notes or language dictionaries permitted? How shall the test be returned to the instructor?
Since the ultimate goal of the service is to help students gain the skills which will eventually enable them to complete examinations within regularly scheduled times, this policy is designed for short term assistance only. Consequently, instructors should continually reevaluate the student’s progress when making the decision whether to allow additional testing time on an on-going basis.