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Notice of Time Remaining

Giving regular reminders of remaining time in written and verbal form during group work, presentations, quizzes, and exams allows student to better monitor their use of time and may help to avoid perseveration.

Notifying students of time remaining during an exam involves first providing a clock in the testing environment that is visible to students. A clock should be available in the testing environment, but even when clocks are present, some students need an intermittent reminder of the time remaining to complete the exam. Instructors can provide notice of time remaining by announcing the time, writing the time on the board, or having colored signs indicating time remaining. Discerning which method is most appropriate is at faculty's discretion.

Responsibilities


Student

The student is responsible for notifying the services for students with disabilities office if they need notice of time remaining during exams, and for alerting the services office if there are any problems with this accommodation.

Faculty

Faculty are responsible for coordinating with the student to provide notice of time remaining in a way that maintains the students' privacy and confidentiality.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for notifying faculty of the student's need to receive notice of time remaining during exams, and to facilitate communication between faculty and the student. If exams are given in alternate testing locations, test proctors should give notice of time remaining to students who qualify for the accommodation.

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Related Functional Characteristics

Blindness : Notice of time remaining is necessary for students who are blind and are not able to look at a classroom clocks to determine time remaining for the exam.

Attentional Underfocus : Students who are likely to become distracted by the details of the exam need notice of time remaining to draw their attention back to the exam.

Attentional Overfocus : Notice of time remaining is necessary for students who spend too much time on the details of a few exam questions and neglect to devote enough time to the remainder of the exam.

Time Management : Notice of time remaining is necessary for students who do not budget their test time well and are likely to misjudge the amount of time they have left to complete an exam.

Perseveration : Students who tend to become stuck on a confusing or unclear part of an exam may need notice of time remaining.

Obsessive Behavior : Periodic notice of time remaining for an exam helps students to focus on the exam content rather than being distracted from the exam by obsessively watching the clock for remaining exam time.

Anxiety : Students who worry about the amount of exam time will need notice of time remaining to allow them to focus on the content instead of how much time is left to complete the exam.

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