Student Accessibility Services

Exam Accommodations

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

  • Distraction-Reduced Environment
  • Extended Time
  • Assistive Technology (e.g., CCTV, screen-reader software)
  • Accessible Versions (e.g., Word document, large print, Braille)
  • Computer/Microsoft Word for Essay Exams
  • No Scantrons
  • Raised Table
  • Reader and/or Scribe

General Exam Accommodation Procedure

Below are the four actions you and your instructors must complete for you, the student, to utilize your exam accommodation(s) within your courses:

Step 1. Schedule a meeting with your instructor to discuss the logistics for your exam accommodation(s) in their course.

Step 2. Determine the date, time, and location for where you will be taking your quiz(zes)/exam(s) for the entire semester. *Individuals approved for Reader and/or Scribe will always take their exams within Exam Services in ITTC 007.

Step 3. If your quiz/exam will be proctored by Exam Services, your instructor will need to complete and submit the Exam Accommodation Request Form to Exam Services. Instructors should email the Exam Accommodation Request Form to Your instructors may have you, the student, hand carry the form to Exam Services.

Step 4. You, as the student, should reach out to Exam Services as soon it has been agreed upon that you will be taking your quiz/exam within Exam Services. This will allow Exam Services staff to hold a testing space for you while they wait for you or your instructor to provide them with the Exam Accommodation Request Form.

You can contact Exam Services to schedule your quiz/exam at (319) 273-3926 Relay 711,, or ITTC 007. Not all instructors are familiar with this process. It may be helpful to remind your instructor of this requirement and review it with them during your one-on-one meeting in which you discuss the logistics of your accommodations.

Reader/Scribe Accommodation Procedure

Students utilizing a reader or scribe will take the exam or quiz in Exam Services in ITTC 007. Instructors and students should work directly with Exam Services, including if the course is online and/or the student is taking it from a distance, to arrange for exam proctoring. For questions on reserving a testing space for and the proctoring of a quiz or exam for a student, please contact Exam Services at (319) 273-3926 Relay 711,, or ITTC 007.

Extended Time for Exams and Quizzes in Online Courses and Proctored through eLearning

If you are in an online course in which the tests and quizzes are timed, you will need to notify your instructors that they need to update the timing in Blackboard. Instructors can change the time limit for an exam or quiz for a student without it impacting the rest of the class. This conversation needs to happen prior to you taking an exam or quiz. If you take a test or quiz without your accommodation in place, you will not have the opportunity to retake it.

If your instructor has any issues with updating the exam or quiz time in Blackboard, they should contact IT Services by submitting a ticket through Service Hub. For immediate assistance, instructors should call (319) 273-5555.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SAS at (319) 273-2677 Relay 711,, or GIL 118.

Specific Exam Accommodations

Extended Time

Students who require additional time for processing or who utilize other exam accommodations which would take more time (e.g., reader/scribe, assistive technology) may be eligible for extended time for testing.

Distraction-Reduced Environment

Instructors should first determine if a testing space is available within their department. In selecting a testing space, instructors should note the level of distraction, lighting, desk, chair, and access to applicable testing needs. Examples include empty office, conference room, or designated testing area. If a space is not available, instructors can reserve a testing space for the student in Exam Services. It is the instructor's responsibility to complete the Exam Accommodation Request Form and submit it to Exam Services at least one week in advance of the quiz/exam to ensure a testing space is available.   


Readers are provided through Exam Services and will only read 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 and adjust their reading tone, rate, etc., in order to accommodate the student. Students approved for this accommodation will take their quiz/exam at Exam Services.


Scribes will write down verbatim what is dictated to them by the student. Scribes are responsible for spelling and sentence ending punctuation, although the student dictating to the scribe may direct the scribe for any specific spelling or punctuation within sentences. The scribe is not responsible for organizing or paraphrasing thoughts into a final draft. At any time, the student dictating to the scribe have the opportunity to review what has been written either by reading it themselves or having it read aloud to them. If there are corrections, the student dictating to the scribe will direct the scribe to make them.