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Clarification of Questions

Clarification of questions Allows a student to ask questions about an exam, which helps ensure they are able to comprehend what is being asked by exam questions.

Clarification of questions helps ensure that students with language processing difficulties understand what they are being asked by questions on exams. Clarification questions is intended to provide assistance through clarifications, but is not intended to give students an advantage over other students by revealing answers to exam questions. If the exam is given in an alternate location, instructors may need to be contacted to answer questions which cannot be answered by the services for students with disabilities or testing center staff.



Students are allowed to ask comprehension questions, but not to ask questions that would directly reveal answers to exam questions.


If a student is taking a test in an alternate location, faculty should provide the services for students with disabilities office or testing center with contact information in case the student asks a question that needs to be answered by the class instructor. Students testing in alternate locations must also be given the same information about exam instructions and corrections as other students taking the exam.


If the exam is given in an alternate location, the services for students with disabilities office or testing center must ensure that students are not given special advantages or disadvantages when compared to students taking the exam in the regular classroom environment.


Related Functional Characteristics

Processing Deficit (Language) : Students with language processing deficits often have difficulties with reading comprehension because the process of translating print to speech sounds is more labor intensive. Clarification of question allows students with language processing deficits to decode complex test questions and connect them with material learned in the course.

Fluid Reasoning : Clarification of questions can help students with deficits in fluid reasoning to make connections about the relationship between what is asked by exam questions and learned information in memory.

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