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Distraction Reduced Testing Environment

A distraction reduced testing environment is a setting outside the usual classroom or testing center that limits interruptions and other environmental influences.

A distraction reduced testing environment allows for increased control of lighting, noise, or other distractions that may impact student performance in a testing situation. This accommodation can be provided by an instructor or by the services for students with disabilities office as long as the student is provided an environment that is quiet without interruptions.

Responsibilities


Student

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the services for students with disabilities office in advance if they will need a distraction reduced testing environment, and to alert the services office if there are any problems with receiving this accommodation.

Faculty

Faculty are responsible for cooperating with the services for students with disabilities office in locating a distraction reduced testing environment.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for providing a distraction reduced testing environment if the faculty are not providing one, and for notifying faculty of the student's right to receive a distraction reduced testing environment. Students testing in alternate locations must also be given the same information about exam instructions and corrections as other students taking the exam.

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Related Functional Characteristics

Sensory Distractibility : A distraction reduced environment improves a student's ability to concentrate on a task.

Attentional Underfocus : A distraction reduced environment helps students stay on task and minimize wandering thoughts.

Anxiety : A distraction reduced testing environment provides a setting where students can use strategies to manage their anxiety and where the amount of anxiety-inducing stimuli is reduced.

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