Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Specialized Testing

As the number of enrolled students with disabilities increases, so does the need to provide appropriate and timely accommodations.

Many accommodations are based on the need for Specialized Testing Arrangements:

Specialized testing accommodations may include:

  • Extended time
  • Reduced Distraction
  • Reader/Scribe
  • Oral exams
  • Assistive Technology

Note: All accommodations are determined by your Learning Specialist, based on your current documentation.

Process to set up Specialized Testing Accommodations

Specialized testing accommodations are provided through ODS.

Accommodations include: extended time, isolated test setting and reading/scribing.

    Specialized testing process:
  • Meet with your instructor(s) to discuss accommodations he/she can provide.
  • Make an appointment with ODS at least one week prior to the exam date.
  • Testing Accommodation Request forms are sent to instructors to be completed.
  • The instructor will indicate how the exam will be transported to and returned from ODS.

Testing accommodations brochures are available to all instructors.

If the student chooses to utilize the ODS, it is his/her responsibility to schedule an appointment and deliver the Specialized Exam Notification to the instructor.

ODS is available to assist in arranging specialized testing accommodations. Specialized testing does not provide an advantage to a student who has a disability, but rather eliminates a competitive disadvantage.

Pop-Quizzes: where appropriate, extended time is authorized for Pop Quizzes. The instructor is responsible to provide accommodations. Should the student choose to utilize ODS, the instructor should notify ODS a minimum of 5 business days prior to the quiz so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged.

Take Home Tests: extra time for take home exams is not authorized since "extra time" is already inherent in the nature of the take home test.

Materials/Supplies: unless otherwise specified by the instructor, the only materials that are allowed while testing are pen/pencil, blue examination book and/or scratch paper.

Cancellation/No-Show: in case of cancellation or no-show, the exam will be returned to the instructor within 48 hours. The student will have to make alternative arrangements with the instructor's permission.

Disciplinary Offenses: ODS follows the College's rules and regulations regarding conduct (dishonesty) as described in the Student Handbook under Disciplinary Offenses.

Specialized Testing Accommodations Terms

  • Extended Time: based on the documented disability, may be 2 times the scheduled exam period.
  • Reduced Distraction: a space where distractions are limited. ODS cannot guarantee an isolated, distraction-free test environment.
  • Opportunity to Correct Spelling: allows the use of a spell check device.
  • Problematic Question Reader: reads question(s) when necessary.
  • Split Time: allows the student to take an exam in segments. Students are not permitted to view an entire exam and later request a split time.
  • Reader: a paraprofessional who has been trained to read with even inflection.
  • Scribe: writes what is dictated by the student (no more and no less).
  • Oral Exams: administered only by the instructor, who is best able to determine if the student has a grasp of the material. When a third person is involved, the possibility of error or misinterpretation increases.
  • Assistive Technology: may include the use of Kurzweil 1000/3000 for scanning and speech output, CCTV for magnification, use of a word processor for lengthy written essays/exams. Please click here to request this service.