Rest Breaks During Exams
Rest breaks during exams are necessary for some students who experience significant pain issues, muscle fatigue or who have difficulty with concentration over significant periods of time. Rest breaks are particularly important for exams that require extensive writing. Rest breaks do not count against the allotted exam time. Students are not allowed to work on the exam during rest breaks. It is often difficult for faculty to accommodate rest breaks during exams so the exams are administered by the services for students with disabilities office or a testing center.
Related Functional Characteristics
Restlessness (Physical) : Rest breaks during exams give students an opportunity to get up and move during a long exam.
Motor Skill (Fine) : Rest breaks during testing allow students to recover fine motor function and minimize pain when doing extensive writing on an exam.
Fatigue (Physical) : Allowing rest breaks during exams provides students who experience muscle fatigue the opportunity to relieve stress on their arms and hands when writing.
Pain Management : Rest breaks during exams provide time to change positions and to stretch or rest muscles thereby reducing pain.
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