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Testing Accommodation Guidelines

Whenever possible, students are encouraged to schedule their exams under the direct supervision of their instructors or their designees. If this is not possible, testing accommodations are provided to students who are registered with the SAR and have been approved for this accommodation.

In order for SAR to provide the instructor with verification of a student's eligibility for academic accommodations, a Semester Request Form must be submitted each semester. It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor at the beginning of the semester to discuss academic accommodations in the course, including appropriate testing accommodations.

Please Note:  The purpose of extended time on exams and quizzes is to ensure that a student’s performance is reflective of his/her mastery of the material rather than the speed at which a student performs. Extra time on timed quizzes and exams affords a corrective for specific disabilities and thus permits a more accurate measure of acquired knowledge. Therefore, extended time accommodations do not apply to take home exams. Take home exams comply with Universal Design of instruction meaning extended time is built in and afforded every student taking the exam.

Requesting Testing Accommodations at the SAR Office

  • If the instructor is unable to provide testing accommodations, the student must submit a Test Request form a minimum of five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date (or the deadline set by SAR for final exam requests). The form is available in MyUWF by searching for "SAR Accommodate - Student Portal" and then selecting the Testing Room tab.
    NOTE: If the test request is not received by the deadline, neither SAR nor the instructor is obligated to provide the testing accommodation.
  • Once the request has been received and processed, the instructor and the student will receive written confirmation of the test date.
  • Exams are administered at SAR during the scheduled class time unless prior notification of a different date/time is approved by the instructor. Evening exams must end by 8:45 PM. Depending on availability of SAR space, make-up exams can be facilitated only during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • All final exams coordinated in the SAR are administered during the university's Finals Time Blocks. For more information about Finals Time Blocks, follow this link to the UWF Final Exam Schedule.

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Online Exam Accommodations

  • Students should email their instructor at least two days prior to the test/quiz date to remind him/her of the approved extended test time.
  • If the online test will be proctored by SAR, please follow the steps above to request testing accommodations at the SAR office.

SAR Testing Center Rules

  • Students must be on time for their exams. If a student is going to be late, the student must inform the SAR office in advance. If a student is more than 20 minutes late, the exam will be returned to the instructor. Student is responsible for contacting instructor to reschedule the missed exam.
  • Only instructor approved testing materials will be allowed in the testing room. Students are required to bring their own testing materials such as writing utensils, paper, scantrons, or calculators. SAR will check these materials prior to the student entering the testing room.
  • Personal items are not permitted in the testing rooms. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, electronic devices (i.e. iPods, pagers, PDA’s, chiming watches, smart watches), hats, and coats/bulky sweaters, purses, backpacks, bags, etc. Students may be asked to empty pants or shirt pockets prior to entering the testing room. Students should leave all valuable belongings at home. SAR is not responsible for lost items or items left behind.
  • All exams will be monitored by video recording, physical walk-through, and/or observation windows.
  • Students are prohibited from communicating with other students testing in the same room. Talking to other students during exams is a violation of academic integrity. Refer all questions to SAR Staff.
  • If students leave the testing room, they must bring all testing materials to SAR staff.
  • Once testing has begun, students cannot leave until their test is submitted to the SAR Staff. Once submitted (or abandoned by unauthorized departure) a test cannot be resumed.
  • Students should use the restroom prior to the start of an exam. Restroom breaks will be approved by SAR staff on a limited basis. SAR staff will accompany students during requested breaks.
  • Any student suspected of cheating will be required to stop testing. The exam and other materials will be collected by the SAR staff and the instructor will be notified immediately.
  • Students will be informed of the start and end time of their exams. No exceptions will be made to adjust the scheduled time without prior approval.
  • Testing space/location is arranged by SAR staff; students cannot choose the location of where their tests will be administered.
  • Students are responsible for reviewing the SAR website for any updates to accommodation processes or SAR test center rules.

Note: to reduce distractions and noise, the SAR provides “white noise” machines and, by request, earplugs or noise-reducing headsets. In addition, students may bring a set of sealed, disposable earplugs for testing. The SAR staff will inspect the earplugs prior to the exam. SAR cannot guarantee a completely noise-free environment.

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