Written Assignments and Exams

Ensure that students get the academic help they need to succeed in your class. Although a student may have an in-class aide such as a note taker or sign-language interpreter, these aides are not academic tutors. Students with learning disabilities may benefit from ongoing tutorial help from the Academic Support Center.

When appropriate, encourage students to use word-processing packages to write their papers. Students with learning disabilities or with reduced manual dexterity can benefit from drafting and revising their papers on a computer. Students with dyslexia and similar information-processing disorders should be encouraged to use computers that have spell-checking features or to work with a proofreader or an editor while preparing their final copy.

Provide appropriate test-taking conditions if the student does not use Disabilities Services testing rooms. Some students with physical or learning disabilities or both may need one or more of the following accommodations to complete their exams:

  • A scribe to transcribe their dictated answers to exam questions 
  • A separate room with better lighting, fewer distractions, or special equipment such as a computer console, video magnifier, or text-to-speech converter 
  • An extended exam period for students who write slowly, who dictate answers to an aide, or who have a unique processing speed 
  • The option of having exam questions presented in written or oral form, both of which should be equivalent 
  • The option of submitting exam answers in an alternative format: an oral version for a written exam, a written version for an oral exam, or an adapted form of an essay exam 

If you have questions or problems about appropriate test-taking accommodations, call Disabilities Services at 591-3057.