Testing Accommodations - In-Person and Remote/Online Classes

NOTE: Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) is no longer proctoring accommodated exams. Please go to the Learning Center's Faculty Testing Services and Student Testing Services pages to learn more about how accommodated testing will be handled going forward.

You may also contact the Disability Resource Center if you have questions.


IMPORTANT: You may recommend, but may not require, students to test at the same time as the class. If this is your recommendation, it must be clearly stated in your syllabus, and students should make their best effort to schedule accordingly. However, if it is not possible for the student to test at the same time as the class, the student may have to test prior to or following the desired test date and time.

Students who receive accommodations for tests and quizzes have the option to take the test with or without the accommodation. Faculty should assume students will use the accommodation unless the student says otherwise, and should not recommend that the student try testing without accommodations.

The following information is meant to help faculty understand more about providing testing accommodations while we are working online or remotely.

Consider Alternative Means of Assessment

Universal Design recommends using multiple methods to assess a student’s grasp of academic concepts and learning outcomes. This could include more robust class participation (if live streaming), presentations, writing papers, or other creative means to demonstrate student learning. Students with and without disabilities alike benefit from student-centered educational environments that do not include testing. 

Alternatives to traditional exams require far fewer accommodations for those with disabilities so there’s an added benefit in lessening the burden on faculty having to implement accommodations in D2L.

Research has also found that traditional exams are ineffective in assessing mastery of learning outcomes for students with and without disabilities.

Accommodations Which Must Be Provided in Remote/Online Classes

  • Extended Time - Students may receive 1.5x or 2.0x extended time as an accommodation. You can add extended time on exams in D2L by following the instructions from the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI). Note that D2L uses the term "special access". Please use "extended time" when communicating with students about extended time.
  • Exam Breaks - For Short Breaks, please add 10 minutes for every hour of exam time. For Breaks as Needed, please add .5x to the exam time. You can add extended time on exams in D2L by following the instructions from the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI). Examples below:
    • Student has no extended time but has “breaks as needed during exams” = add .5x extended time
    • Student has 1.5x extended time and has “breaks as needed during exams” = 2.0x extended time
    • Student has 2.0x extended time and has “breaks as needed during exams”= 2.5x extended time
  • Human Reader and/or Human Scribe - These services can be provided to students via Zoom. DRC staff and faculty should work together to ensure students who need a human reader or scribe receive the accommodation for any exams and quizzes where it might be needed.
  • Spelling Errors Excused - Spelling errors excused unless spelling is a fundamental and measurable learning outcome of the course. 

Accommodations Which Need To Be Provided If Using Proctoring Software Like Proctorio

If you are using Proctorio or other remote proctoring services for exams in your remote or online courses, please consult with the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) far in advance of the scheduled exam time to ensure the tool is properly calibrated and will be easy to use during your upcoming exam. You can connect with OAI by completing their contact form.

If you are NOT using Proctorio or other remote proctoring services, we are working with the student to ensure they have what they need to be successful remotely. We'll let you know if there's anything else you can do to make your course more accessible.

Accommodations that may require adjustments to Proctorio or other remote proctoring services include, but are not limited to:

The DRC is Working with Students who have the Following Accommodations

You don't have to act at this time if you have students who have the following accommodations. We will let you know individually if these accommodations need to be provided and how to do so.

  • Adaptive Software
  • Exams in Multiple Sections
  • Hard Copy Exam as Alternative to Online Exams Human Reader for Tests & Quizzes
  • No More Than 1 Exam Per Day 

If you have questions about the information on this page, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

Email: drc@pdx.edu
Phone: 503-725-4150

Check our home page for hours and Virtual Front Desk information.