Student Accessibility Services

Exam Accommodations

Exam accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Student Accessibility Services is committed to providing an equitable testing environment for students. Exam accommodations may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Distraction-reduced space
  • Extended time
  • Assistive technology (e.g. CCTV, screen-reader software)
  • Accessible formats (e.g. Word Doc, large print, braille)
  • Computer/Microsoft Word for essay exams
  • No scantrons
  • Raised table
  • Reader and/or Scribe


Below are the two actions you and your instructors must take after you, the student, have been approved for testing accommodations and prior to your first exam.

Step 1. Talk with your instructor about your access plan. Discuss where and when you will be taking your exams. If you have a reader or scribe as an accommodation, you will need to take your exam at Exam Services. In order to reserve a testing room and ensure you have a reader and/or scribe, your instructor will need to complete the Exam Accommodations Request Form at least a week in advance to your testing date. Your instructor will need to complete ALL the exam details.  i.e. student information, your exam dates, time class is allowed for taking the exam, any additional exam materials allowed while testing if any...etc.,  sign and date.

Instructors should note on the form if they have a specific exam “start time” that they want you, the student, to follow. If your exam will be arranged by using test times that work best for your daily class schedule. To make this arrangement you can stop by or call Exam Services at 319-273-3926 to schedule exams.

Step 2. Instructors should email the Exam Accommodation Request form ‘pdf. to  Or your instructors may have you, the student, hand carry the form to exam services.

Extended Time

Students who require additional time for processing, or who use other exam accommodations that would take more time (e.g., reader or scribe) may be eligible for extended time for testing.

Separate Location 

Faculty are encourage to first find an appropriate testing space within their own departments. Appropriate testing space notes level of distraction, lighting, desk, chair, and access to applicable testing needs.  Separate Locations are currently arranged by faculty, but only after a student has reached out to the faculty to discuss their access plan. If instructors are unable to find an appropriate location, students may complete their exam in Examination Services. Any student who receives a Reader and/or Scribe as an accommodation should complete their testing with Exam Services.   


Readers are instructed and trained to read only what is on the printed page. Readers cannot be asked to and/or will not clarify or reword statements. Readers can be asked to repeat information written on the exam. Readers will adjust their reading tone, rate, etc. in order to accommodate the student. Students approved for this accommodation will take their exam at Exam Services. Students should try to make requests for readers and/or scribes at least one week prior to a scheduled exam. 


Scribes will write down verbatim what is dictated to them. The scribe is not responsible for organizing or paraphrasing thoughts into a final draft. Scribes are responsible for spelling and sentence ending punctuation, although students dictating to the scribe may direct the scribe for any specific spelling or punctuation within sentences. At any time, students dictating to the scribe have the opportunity to review what has been written either by reading it themselves or having it read to them. If there are corrections, the student dictating to the scribe will direct the scribe to make them. Students approved for this accommodation should try to make requests for readers and/or scribes at least one week prior to a scheduled exam.