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Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

We are currently offering testing services for CLEP and TEAS exams and are administering FSU course exams only to students needing special consideration, at the request of their instructor.

Florida State University seeks to assure that qualified students with disabilities will have an educational opportunity equal to that of their peers without creating an unfair advantage. It is the University’s policy that students requiring accommodations MUST identify themselves and register with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS)--formerly known as the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC). OAS is the University’s designated office responsible for determining eligibility, level of service, as well as appropriate and reasonable accommodations.

Students needing accommodations

Make certain you have documented your need for accommodation via the OAS and shared this with your instructor so that you can be granted any additional time necessary for your exam(s). Your documentation letter will describe the specific testing accommodations you will be provided.

  1. If your test is being administered online (i.e., through Canvas), make sure your instructor has adjusted his or her test settings for you, such as increasing the exam duration. If your instructor has elected to use Honorlock, please visit our Honorlock Resources for Students article for technical requirements, user guidelines, Honorlock support information, and frequently asked questions.
  2. If you are attending the main campus in Tallahassee and require on-campus accommodation, you may be able to test at either the OAS or at the FSU Testing Center:
  3. If you are a distance learning student and require on-campus testing, please contact us at testing@campus.fsu.edu for personal assistance. It is possible there are approved testing facilities nearby your area, but please note that many testing facilities have closed or limited their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instructors giving accommodations

  • As stated by OAS: "It is the student’s responsibility to make their accommodation needs known and to provide the appropriate documentation to support the need for the requested accommodations. Students are also responsible for renewing their affiliation and services with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) each semester. "
  • Your student or the OAS may request that you add extra time to the student's exam. Once appropriate documentation is received, you can grant extra time by following the steps outlined in How to allow extra time for student(s) on a Canvas assessment
  • If necessary, you can pursue the possibility of having the student test on-campus, assuming the student is attending the main campus this term:
    • If your student has requested more than a time accommodation, make sure to get in contact with the OAS about how to help your student schedule his or her exam at their facility. The student will need to register for his or her exam at least 1 week in advance.
    • If your student has only requested an extra time accommodation, you could use the FSU Testing Center. To request services from the FSU Testing Center, please complete the Instructor Request Form. Please note that in order for us to administer your exam to your student, you may need to create separate versions of your exam: one for students testing in the main campus Testing Center, one for remote students testing in an off-campus testing facility, and one for students testing via the online proctoring service Honorlock. When submitting your request, be sure to include alternate contact information for your course, if applicable (eg, TA contact information). 
  • If the student needs to take the exam on-campus but does not have access to either Tallahassee testing locations, you may want to consider an alternative assessment strategy or contact us at testing@campus.fsu.edu for guidance.
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