Testing Accommodations

    The purpose of testing accommodations is to assist faculty in providing accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Test accommodations give students the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of course content. The ACCESS Coordinator, Counselor or Learning Disability Specialist determines eligibility and specific accommodation requirements based on verification of disability and assessment of student's educational need. Our goal is to work in partnership with you in providing appropriate and reasonable accommodations for your students.

    Possible accommodations may include:

    • Reduced distraction environment
    • Sound blocking headphones
    • Extended time
    • Baroque music
    • Readers or text to speech Kurzweil 3000
    • Scribes or speech recognition software
    • Alternate text (Braille, enlarge print etc)
    • Use of computer, calculator, spell checker, or other adaptive technology. A talking spell checker will not be allowed on a test requiring definitions.


    Extended Test Time

    The amount of extended time is usually one and one-half times the amount allowed for non-disabled students. More time will be allowed on the based of the severity of the student's verified disability or Learning Disability assessment results.

    Low Distraction Environment

    An environment as free as possible of distractions, either visual or auditory that would inhibit a student from concentrating and attending to the exam with results reflective of their knowledge of the subject matter.

    Alternative Forms of Test Taking


    • For an essay exam, the student could use a word processor instead of longhand. OR,
    • The student can record their essay into a tape recorder and either transcribe it directly or just turn the tape into the instructor, or both, depending on the requirements of the instructor.
    • For fill-in or short answer questions, the student can dictate his / her answers to a scribe or into the recorder, and then the answers are written in before turning the exam in to the instructor.
    • An ACCESS Instructional Assistant may read exams questions to the student (reader).
    • An ACCESS Instructional Assistant may write answers as dictated (scribe).


    ACCESS assistance follows a strict protocol of reading and scribing exams and answers exactly as written or dictated by the student. No additional input or answers are provided to the student.

    Alternate Format

    • Electronic text
    • Braille
    • Enlarged print


    Please send all tests as a word document attachment which need to be in an alternate format to Virgina Moore at vmoore@cmccd.edu.


    ACCESS Test Taking Rules

    ACCESS has worked very hard to build the trust and respect of CMC instructors.  We want to maintain that trust while providing the ACCESS students with the opportunity to have testing accommodations.  To maintain the highest level of integrity for all exams, the following rules will be strictly adhered to:

    1. Students must make appointments for testing in the Lab.  Tests must be taken by instructor’s due date---NO EXCEPTIONS.  Tests will be returned to instructors when test deadlines are passed.  It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to check with the Lab to be sure the exam is available on the day he/she needs to test.
    2. Tests must be completed during lab hours.  Lab hours are posted each semester.  It is the student’s responsibility to know when the lab opens and closes.
    3. Student must sign in on the time sheet before beginning the test and out when the test is completed.  When you are finished with your exam, return it promptly to Lab staff.
    4. Tests are to be taken in the Lab and supervised by a Lab staff member.  If the Lab is too noisy, please ask for sound-blocking headphones.
    5. If your instructor has advised us on the Testing Accommodations Form that you are allowed notes or handouts, you will be limited to EXACTLY what the instructor has written.  We will not be able to accept any verbal instructions from the student (such as, “The instructor said we can use 2 pages of notes.”)
    6. You are required to complete your test during the appointed time unless you have been approved by ACCESS to test in multiple sessions.  Plan accordingly!  If the test is taken in segments, notes must be collected and remain with the unfinished portion of the test---no other notes will be accepted for the remainder of the test.
    7. No talking is allowed during testing.  Cheating is NOT tolerated and will result in the LOSS of your ACCESS testing accommodation.
    8. Backpacks, notebooks, or supplies will not be allowed in the testing area, unless it is an open book or open note test.  You may choose to leave your belongings in your vehicle or leave them with Lab staff.
    9. Use of cell phones and Ipods will not be allowed during the test or any breaks.  Please leave your electronic devices with your other belongings.  If you are expecting a call, the ACCESS staff member will monitor your phone.
    10. Please attend to personal needs BEFORE beginning the test.  If breaks are necessary for pain or other reasons, please inform the proctor BEFORE beginning the test.
    11. No smoke breaks will be permitted unless the testing time exceeds 3 hours.  You will not be allowed to talk to anyone for ANY reason during a break. 


    Thank you for your cooperation


    ACCESS Lab Rules

    1. NO food or drink is allowed in the lab.  Water in a capped container is allowed.
    2. PLEASE talk quietly and be considerate of others.
    3. Cell phones should be turned off.
    4. If your computer is not working properly, ask the staff for help. They are happy to assist you with any problems.  The Lab staff needs to know when computers or software are not operational.
    5. No MySpace, Facebook, Instant Messaging (IM) or Internet games are allowed.  U-Tube must be related to course requirements.  E-mail is only allowed when corresponding with instructors or financial aid.
    6. Do NOT save pictures, graphics, or personal information on the ACCESS Lab computers.  It can be seen, changed, or deleted by anyone!
    7. Please be cost-conscious when using the printer.  We ask that you only print out 2 copies of your work - a draft copy and a final copy.
    8. PLEASE treat the staff, fellow students, and equipment with respect.
    9. If the Lab Rules are not being followed, you will be asked to leave.


    Thank you!


    Please send tests as an attachment to: dspstesting@cmccd.edu with the completed Testing Accommodation Form.

    All testing occurs in the ACCESS High Tech Center overseen by:

    Glenda Haislip, ACCESS Instructional Assistant

    760-366-3791, ext 5900

    email: dspstesting@cmccd.edu