Student's Role

  • Self-disclose that you have a disability and are in need of reasonable accommodations in a timely manner by providing documentation to the Office of Student Accessibility and Accommodation.
  • If you have an academic accommodation, you must submit a Semester Request every semester. A Semester Request is submitted by a student at the beginning of each semester to request the use of their approved accommodation for each class.
  • Maintain good communication with SAA and your professors.
  • Plan ahead! You cannot request accommodations in retrospect.

Getting Started

  1. Ensure your documentation to support your disability have been received by the Office of Student Accessibility and Accommodation.
  2. Schedule an intake meeting with the director, Peggy Perno, to register and discuss your accommodation needs. Appointments can be made by calling 253.879.3399 or by emailing Ruby Collins.
  3. You will be given access to your SAA Accommodate Account and our office will assist you in using your account to access your approved accommodations and submitted medical documentation; and to schedule appointments with SAA staff and submit Semester Requests.
  4. When you receive approval on your Semester Requests, meet with your professors and discuss your accommodations. Student and professor electronically sign the letters after the meeting.
  5. If you have an exam accommodation and intend to take it in the SAA office, notify your professor, as discussed in your meeting, to ensure they have adequate time to submit the exam to the SAA Office.
  • Sign-up to take your exam in SAA through your SAA Accommodate Account four days prior to the exam.

The SAA Office is here to assist you during Fall and Spring Semesters, our walk-in hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 to 4:00. We close briefly from 12:30-1:30pm on Wednesdays.

Frequently Asked Questions About Test Taking Accommodations

Can I start an exam early to receive my extra time?

Yes, you can receive extra time either before or after the class. For example, if you have 50% extra time for a 50 minute, full class exam, starting at 10 a.m., you could start the exam at 9:35 a.m.. In this example, you receive 25 extra minutes and you will end the exam at the same time as your class. The other option is to start the exam at 10 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m.; 25 minutes after your class.

What about quizzes?

Quizzes are handled the same way as a regular exam. If your professor uses pop quizzes, please explain to them that they can schedule a pop quiz for you by emailing the details to

Do I have to take an exam at the Office of Student Accessibility and Accommodation to receive my accommodations?

Not always. If you prefer to take the exam with your class and your professor is able and willing to provide the accommodation, then our office does not need to proctor. Sometimes a professor prefers to proctor their own exams and they have an appropriate space for reduced distraction. However, in most cases, students receive exam accommodations at the Office of Student Accessibility and Accommodation.

How do I receive extra time for an exam when I have consecutive classes?

It is important to factor in exam accommodations when scheduling classes. When there is a conflict, you will need to speak with your professors for permission and coordination to take the exam at another time.