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Extended Time (200% for Essay, Short Answer, and Mathematical Problem Solving Exams)

Giving a student Extended Time (200%) for essay and short answer exams means, for example, on a 60 minute essay exam a student would be given 120 minutes.

Extended Time (200%) for essays and short answer exams accommodates students with certain cognitive and motor deficits that affect their ability to write or organize their thoughts quickly. Extended time can be provided by the faculty in the classroom or in an alternate testing site, according to faculty preference.



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.


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.


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


Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Extended time provides students with extra time to write or draw legibly.

Production (Written) : Exams consisting of short answer or essay items require 200% time to allow the student sufficient time for proper word choice and to apply appropriate strategies to organize their ideas into written form.

Fluid Reasoning : Exams that require the integration of new information with known information or that require inductive or deductive reasoning require 200% time to allow the student to apply the strategies necessary to compensate for fluid reasoning deficits.

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