Taking Exams in the SAA Testing Center

  • Students must have a disability and be registered with SAA (as indicated by the accommodation forms they bring to faculty for signature during the semester).
  • Students must reserve a spot in the SAA Testing Center at least 4 days prior to their exam.
  • Students must inform their professors well in advance of their intention to take an exam in the SAA Testing Center. These details should be discussed when the student meets with faculty and asks them to sign the accommodation form.
  • Regardless of how the exam or test is sent to SAA, it is requested that we receive it 24 hours in advance of the exam time. (If you are completing an exam over the weekend for a Monday exam, please email saa@pugetsound.edu and let us know you will be sending it sometime over the weekend.)
  • Uploading exams is the preferred method of delivery. Exams can be uploaded directly to our secure database via the Faculty Module. Access the Faculty Module from your myPugetSound page by clicking on "Student Accommodation" under the "Teaching" section.
  • Exams can also be delivered to the SAA reception in Howarth 105 or emailed to saa@pugetsound.edu. For these methods of delivery, you will need to attach an Exam Cover Sheet (for questions on the Exam Cover Sheet, please refer to the instructions for using the fillable form).
  • If you are completing an exam over the weekend for a Monday exam, please email saa@pugetsound.edu and let us know you will be sending it sometime over the weekend.
  • SAA will proctor the exam and return it as indicated on the Exam Cover Sheet or upload form.
  • Send corrections to an exam in progress to saa@pugetsound.edu. This email is monitored the entire time students are in the SAA Testing Center.
  • Students take the exam during class time. However, extended time is calculated by SAA staff and will be added either before or after the normal class start time, depending on the student’s schedule.
    • If a faculty member determines that a student can take an exam at a different time than scheduled, SAA will ask the student to provide an email from the instructor verifying permission to do so. If a student needs a different time as an accommodation, SAA will consult with the instructor. Every situation is handled on an individual basis. 

Accommodations Pertaining to Tests and Exams

The following are accommodations granted by SAA that pertain to tests and exams:

  • Blue paper printouts
  • Basic calculator for math exams
  • Clarify common words during exam
  • Computer reads exam to student (Instructor must submit a word document or selectable PDF of exam to SAA)
  • Computer writes exam for student (Instructor must submit a word document or selectable PDF of exam to SAA)
  • Distraction reduced environment for exam (SAA)
  • Essay exam on computer
  • 100% extended time on tests
  • 50% extended time on tests
  • 100% extended time on tests to be taken in a distracted reduced area
  • 50% extended time on tests to be taken in a distracted reduced area
  • Private room for testing
  • Scribe for math exam (This accommodation is handled in the SAA Testing Center)

Accommodations pertaining to tests and exams are logistically difficult and may prove frustrating for instructors, students, and SAA. Therefore, instructors should always bear in mind that these accommodations are necessary in order to ensure students’ full access to the curriculum. In order to request a testing-related accommodation, they must have a disability and be registered with SAA.

Students must inform their professors well in advance of their intention to take each exam at SAA. These details should be discussed when the student meets with faculty and asks them to sign the accommodation form. Note that accommodation-related testing space on campus has proven limited. Instructors are permitted but not required to consider proctoring exams for students with testing-related accommodations independent of SAA. In these cases, instructors should communicate with SAA to ensure the testing conditions are in line with accommodations.