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Extended Time (150% for Exams)

Giving a student Extended Time (150%) means, for example, on a 60 minute exam a student would be given 90 minutes.

Extended time on tests provides extra time on students' exams to accommodate processing issues. This can be provided by the faculty in the classroom or in an alternate testing site, according to faculty preference. 150% extended time allows students necessary time to use technology such as screen readers, to use strategies to comprehend or demonstrate their knowledge effectively, or to address other on-going disability related concerns that may reduce their testing efficiency.

Responsibilities


Student

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the services for students with disabilities office if they need extended time on exams, and to inform faculty, at least a week prior to the exam, of the scheduled date and time.

Faculty

If the exam is being administered by the services for students with disabilities office, faculty are responsible for providing the exam to the services office at least one day prior to the scheduled time whenever possible.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for notifying the faculty of the student's right to receive extended time, for administering the exam when faculty cannot, and for facilitating communication between faculty and the student.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Visual Tracking Problem : Students receive extended time on exams due to the extra time it takes for processing visual information.

Low Vision : Extended time allows students to use screen readers or process large print or Braille to take exams.

Working / Short Term Memory Deficit : Extended time allows the use of strategies necessary to compensate for working memory deficits.

Long Term Memory Deficit : Extended time allows the use of strategies necessary to compensate for the extra time it takes to retrieve information from long term memory.

Sequencing Deficit : Extended time allows the student time to make sure that they are sequencing correctly when doing tasks that require a step-by-step process.

Processing Deficit (Visual) : Extended time on an exam provides a student with visual processing deficits the ability to process complex visual diagrams or pictures.

Processing Deficit (Language) : Extended time allows students to use strategies to compensate for reading comprehension problems and to accommodate for slower reading speeds.

Production (Written) : Students receive extended time because of the extra time it takes for visual processing.

Perseveration : Extended time allows students to use strategies to manage perseveration during an exam.

Fluid Reasoning : Extended Time allows for the use of strategies to compensate for fluid reasoning deficits on multiple choice exams.

Word Finding : Extended time allows students to use strategies and resources (e.g. thesaurus, word prediction software) to find the words they need to write on an exam.

Obsessive Behavior : Extended time allows students to avoid anxiety during exams by performing their repetitive rituals.

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