Testing Accommodations

Exams with accommodations are available through the Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) in their Testing Accommodations Center (TAC) with the cooperation of the instructor. Based upon the extent of the student's disability, testing accommodations may include the use of appropriate extended time, a distraction-reduced environment, computers, assistive technology and/or adaptive equipment, and in very limited situations where technology is unable to be used, a reader or a writer.

  1. Hours of Operation
  2. Arranging Testing Accommodations
  3. Scheduling an Exam with Accommodations
  4. Scheduling a Final Exam with Accommodations
  5. Changing or Canceling an Exam
  6. Checking the status of Exam
  7. Taking an Exam
  8. PHYS 100, 101, 102, 140, 211, 212, 213 and 214

In addition to the information below, refer to the Testing Accommodations FAQ for answers to commons questions from instructors and students.

Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring

Monday—Friday: 8:00 am—5:00 pm

Sorry, we are not open on Saturday or Sunday.

Only on days designated as ‘Final Exams week,’ according to the University of Illinois, will the TAC extend its hours of operation to Monday—Friday, 8:00 am—6:30 pm. 

Summer

Monday—Friday: 8:00 am—4:00 pm

Only on days designated as ‘Final Exam days’, according to the University of Illinois, will the TAC extend its hours of operation to 8:00 am—5:00 pm, mainly Monday—Friday (some Saturdays may apply). Please check with the TAC.  

Deadline to schedule Final Exams

For the FALL 2014 Semester is November 13, 2014 by 5:00pm

For Summer sessions please schedule final exams as soon as possible.

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Arranging Testing Accommodations

  1. At the beginning of the semester, (or well in advance of scheduling their exams), students must give the instructor a copy of their Letter of Accommodation (LOA) provided by their Case Manager at DRES.
  2. Students must also meet with their instructor at the beginning of the semester (or well in advance of requesting any accommodation) to discuss their disability and how exam accommodations will be handled (either by the instructor, department, or the TAC).
  3. The instructor is not obligated to allow accommodations unless this is done.

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Scheduling an Exam with Accommodations

  1. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to schedule their exams with accommodations to be taken under the direct supervision of their instructors or their department. If not possible, students may take their exam at the DRES Testing Accommodations Center (TAC).
  2. Exams (including extended time) must be scheduled to fit within TAC’s hours of operation. (Hours of operation are listed above)
  3. Exams taken at DRES must be scheduled at least one week in advance! Finals only must be scheduled by the above date. The TAC will provide a deadline each semester on this website. Keep an eye out for that announcement.
  4. All exams must be scheduled by using the DRES Schedule Your Exam website or in person. Exceptions will be made only for disability-related conditions that make signing up online very difficult. The "Schedule Your Exams" link can be found in the upper right hand corner of this web page.
  5. Exams must be scheduled to be taken at the same time as the regular classroom exams. Exceptions, such as evening exams or when time accommodations extend into another class period, must be arranged with your instructor and the TAC Coordinator on a case by case basis.
  6. After an exam is scheduled with DRES, the testing office will contact the instructor and make arrangements to receive the exam. After the test is taken, the testing office will deliver it to the instructor's department office.
  7. Students are required to mark all accommodations needed for the exam that they qualify for. If the student does not select a specific accommodation, the TAC will assume that the student is choosing not to utilize the accommodation.
  8. Scheduled exams may be viewed by clicking on the Exam Scheduling Site.  After logging in, click on "Upcoming Exams" in the upper left-hand side of the screen.
  9. The exam time begins at the time scheduled; the exam will be terminated at the completion of the approved extended time accommodation. Any variance or adjustment to this must be approved by the TAC and the instructor.

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Scheduling a Final Exam with Accommodations

  1. The Final Exams schedule deadline is listed above.
  2. Students must schedule their Final Exam during the appropriate time:
    • If a student receives 2.0 extended time, they may only schedule their Final Exams at 8:00 am or at 12:30 pm.
    • If a student receives no or 1.5 extended time, they may only schedule their Final Exams at 8:00 am or at 2:00 pm.
    • If a student receives breaks not counted against their time, they may only schedule their Final Exams at 8:00am.
    • Hours of Operation for Fall/Spring Final Exam sessions are Monday—Friday, 8:00 am—6:30 pm.
    • During the summer Final Exam session only, students must schedule their final exams to fit within the hours of operation for summer sessions.
  3. Students should schedule their Final Exam as close to the original time as possible and should have discussed this with their instructor.

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Changing or Canceling an Exam

  1. If a student needs to make a correction or cancel the scheduled exam, please contact the TAC by email (preferably) or in person.
  2. Students must have written or verbal permission from the instructor to make changes or the exam will be returned to the instructor or shredded within 24 hours.
  3. In some cases, it may be necessary to contact the Emergency Dean at (217) 333-0050 to reschedule exams.

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Checking the Status of Exam

1. If the student wants to check the "status" of their exam (i.e if it has been received by the TAC), please click here Exam Scheduling Site. The student can login and check the status of their exam at any time.

  • Log onto the TAC website Exam Scheduling Site
  • In upper left hand side of the screen click on "Upcoming Exams"
  • A list of all the exams scheduled should appear
  • Click on the exam
  • Information regarding the exam including if the TAC has recieved the exam will appear

Taking an Exam

  1. Upon arrival students must put their personal items in either a locker or on the shelf.
    • This includes cell phones, which must be completely turned off (not just on silent mode or vibrate).
    • The locker is equipped with a pin pad as well as a lock key (looks like a key) and a C key.
    • To lock the locker:
      • Close the locker door
      • Press "C"
      • Enter any four digit code
      • Press the lock key - button that has a picture of a Key on it
    • To reopen the locker:
      • Press "C"
      • Enter the same four digit code entered earlier
      • Press the lock key - button that has a picture of a Key on it
      • Open locker door
    • If you are unable to reopen the locker, you must notify the TAC staff.
  2. Students will be required to present their I-Card when they come in to take exams to verify their ID.
  3. Students must conform to general University policies relative to examinations.
  4. Suspected or confirmed cheating will be reported immediately to the instructor.
    • Being caught with a cell phone is considered cheating.
  5. Proctoring will be handled by DRES Staff directly or indirectly via a camera surveillance system.
  6. Ear muffs and ear plugs are available, but will only be given upon request. Ear muffs and ear plugs will not be in the cubicles ahead of time.
  7. Scratch paper is also available upon request.
  8. The TAC will provide readers and scribes for those students who qualify for those accommodations.
  9. Parking is available in the E26 lot on the north side of the building for when students are taking their exams. Students must pick up a Parking Pass from the Main Office (room 103) every time they take an exam. If a vehicle is parked in the E26 parking lot without the Parking Pass, a ticket may be issued or the vehicle may be towed. EFFECTIVE FALL 2013: There will be NO free parking available for students, you must bring change for the meters or arrange other means of transportation to DRES.
  10. Restroom Breaks: Students may use the restroom during their exams. However, their time does not stop for restroom breaks unless it is in their Letter of Accommodation (LOA) or has been approved by their Case Manager. If you must use the washroom, leave your exam on your desk and notify someone in the TAC immediately. You will be questioned if you have left your desk without telling anyone in the TAC.
    **If restroom breaks are in the student’s LOA, the student must indicate this when they schedule their exam. This is so that we can try to place the student appropriately.
  11. FOOD: There is NO food allowed in the testing area (booth or room).
    • If students have food breaks in their LOA, the student must note that when scheduling their exams. This is so that we can try to place the student appropriately.
    • We understand that for finals students can be in the TAC for four and half to six hours. We suggest students eat before the exam. Or if the student needs to eat right before or between exams, they need to plan accordingly to allow enough time to eat in the DRES lobby.
  12. DRINKS: Only drinks with lids may come into the testing area. Drinks without lids are not allowed.
  13. TIMERS: You may bring your own timer or watch.  Timers are a tool to help students keep track of their time. The TAC Staff documents the time students begin and tracks the student’s official time. The TAC Staff will collect the student’s exams when the student’s time is up according to the official time; not according to the student timer’s time. Therefore it is in the student’s best interest that they do not to stop their timer.
    • Cell phones or electronic devices connected to other items will not be permitted to be used for a timer.
    • Clocks are located in each room of the testing area (not in individual cubicles)
  14. Items NOT allowed in the testing area (unless specified by instructor or the department)
    • Cell phones
    • PDAs or equivalent electronic devices
    • Ipods, MP3 player or equivalent electronic devices
    • Laptops
    • Books
    • Notes
    • Calculators
    • Hats

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PHYS 100, 101, 102, 140, 211, 212, 213 and 214

The Physics Department has additional policies with their exam. If you are taking a Physics 101, 102, 140, 211, 212, 213 or 214 exam, it must be taken on the same day as the rest of the class is scheduled to take the exam.  If you cannot fit your exam into the TAC's Hours of Operation, please send email dres-testing@illinois.edu with your class schedule as soon as possible.

Physics quizzes can be taken on different days but this is discouraged by the Physics Department.

You must provide your Letter of Accommodation (LOA) to Sandy Johnson in Room 233 of Loomis Lab and your instructor. If Sandy Johnson does not receive your LOA, we will not be able to obtain your exam or quiz.

If you do not schedule your exam at least one week in advance you will have to work with the Physics Department to take your exams with the rest of the class.

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