Alternative Testing

Alternative Testing Defined

The term "Alternative Testing" means that you have an accommodation for tests (including, but not limited to: extra time, tests read out loud, someone to write your answers, the use of assistive technology, etc.) and you need to take tests outside of the classroom. If Alternative Testing is part of your Student Accommodation Plan, then you will need to follow this procedure every semester:

  1. Meet with a Disability Staff member to discuss your academic accommodations and instructor notification. This meeting should take place prior to the start of every semester. To make an appointment with Tomma Lee, Kym or Lori, call 610-607-6245 or go to Berks Hall, room 209.
  2. You will receive a copy of your Accommodation Memos for each class. Your instructors will receive a copy of the same Accommodation Memos in an email from a Disability Services staff member.
  3. Consider taking your copy of the Accommodation Memos with you to class and discussing your needs with each instructor. You can do this after class or during the instructor's office hours. This may help the instructor to understand your needs.
  4. As soon as you know you are having a test, either go to Berks Hall, room 209, or call 610.607.6245 to schedule an appointment to take the test. Schedule your test for the same day and time the test is being given in class. Staff members will discuss exceptions to this policy. To access alternative testing with Disability Services, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment and arrive on time.
  5. Remind your instructor to send your tests to Berks Hall, room 209.
  6. Report to Berks Hall, room 209, on the day of your appointment and be prepared to take your test. Bring pens, pencils, or other materials you are allowed to use.
  7. If you miss a test, you are required to contact your instructor to see if/when you may be allowed to make up the test.

Disability Services Testing Center Rules

  • Place all personal items outside of testing room.
  • No cell phones are allowed. Turn phones off (not just on vibrate) and put them in a safe place outside the testing room.
  • No electronic devices, including, but not limited to, MP3 players, digital cameras, PDAs, pagers, calculator watches, watches with alarms, etc. are allowed.
  • Calculators may or may not be permitted. This decision is up to individual instructors.
  • No handwritten or printed materials are permitted unless clearly stated by your instructor that these are allowed.
  • No packages, totes, backpacks, purses, briefcases, etc. are allowed.
  • No food or drink unless specifically allowed by Disability Services staff.
  • No visitors, including relatives, children or friends may come into the testing room.
  • Once you begin a test, you may not leave the testing room under any circumstances prior to completion of the test.
  • Talking is not permitted in the testing room.
  • Students taking the same test may not sit near each other in the testing room.
  • When you finish a test, return it to a secretary or Disability Services staff member.
  • Bring your own pencil/pen.
  • Throw away any unused scrap paper and clean up your area before you leave the testing room.
  • Staff members are not responsible for items lost or stolen during testing.

Breaking any of these rules compromises the integrity of the test. Your test will be taken and your instructor will be contacted. The instructor will then address the behavior as an infringement of the academic honesty policy. See the Student Handbook for more details on this policy.