Learner Support Services

Testing Center-Disability Accommodations

Testing “accommodations” are reasonable adjustments to the test setting that some students with disabilities are eligible to receive in order to give them access to take exams. Examples of testing accommodations include the following: extended test time, reduced-distraction test environment, use of assistive technology such as screen enlargement for low vision.  In order to use such testing accommodations, students must become registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and present documentation of their disability. 

If you ARE NOT registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC):

 

Students must be preapproved for use of testing accommodations by registering with the Disability Resource Center (DRC).  Please visit the following webpage for more information on how to contact and register with the DRC: https://www.nwacc.edu/web/lss_disability/disability.php.

If you ARE registered with Disability Resource Center (DRC):

 

Please complete the steps listed below in order to use your testing accommodations:
Step 1:  Each semester, you must submit your Accommodation Letter for that term to the Testing Center prior to your first exam so that your approved accommodations are on file for reference during exams.  Emailed or faxed accommodation letters are not acceptable. One original copy is included in your Accommodation Letter Packet for this purpose. The Testing Center is located on the main Bentonville campus in the Student Center, Room 306. Please consult with a DRC staff member if you are taking only online courses and need information about using your accommodations.
 Step 2:  Make an appointment with the Testing Center at least 24 hours in advance by calling (479) 619-4354, and specifically request an accommodated testing room.  This must be done for each exam.   
NOTE: If you have been approved for a reader, scribe, interpreter or the use of assistive technology, you must schedule your exam with the Disability Resource Center.  A DRC staff member will coordinate with the Testing Center to secure an accommodated testing room and approved testing accommodations.  Students may stop by the Disability Resource Center located in the Student Center, Room 114, to coordinate an exam with use of a reader, scribe, etc.  Students may also contact the DRC at (479) 986-4076 or disability@nwacc.edu. 
Step 3:  Politely remind your instructor in advance of the exam that you will be testing in the Testing Center to ensure that your test is delivered in a timely manner.

 Frequently Asked Questions:
1.     Do I need to submit an accommodation letter to the Testing Center prior to my first scheduled exam of the semester? 
Yes. You must submit an accommodation letter to the Testing Center in advance of your first scheduled exam.  This is for two (2) reasons: to authorize your request for an accommodated testing room, and to ensure that the proper testing accommodations have been made before you take your first scheduled exam.  The Testing Center is located in the Student Center, Room 306.  Emailed or faxed accommodation letters are not acceptable. 
2.     Do I need to submit an accommodation letter to the Testing Center every semester?
Yes. You must submit an accommodation letter to the Testing Center every semester that you intend on using exam accommodations.  Accommodation letters are updated every semester to reflect the current date, process, etc. 
3.     Will the Time Trade Scheduling System allow me to reserve an accommodated testing room?
No. The Time Trade Scheduling System does not allow students to reserve an accommodated testing room.  If you use Time Trade, you will only reserve a place in the open area of the Testing Center.  To reserve an accommodated testing room, please visit the Testing Center in person (Student Center, Room 306) or contact the Testing Center at (479) 619-4354 or testingcenter@nwacc.edu. 
4.     What if I cannot reach the Testing Center by telephone to schedule an appointment?
If you cannot reach the Testing Center by telephone to schedule an appointment, you should email the Testing Center at testingcenter@nwacc.edu or visit the Testing Center (Student Center, Room 306) in person.  If you experience difficulty contacting the Testing Center, you may contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance at (479) 986-4076 or disability@nwacc.edu. 
5.     What do I do if my instructor is not familiar with using the Testing Center for accommodated testing?
If your instructor is not familiar with using the Testing Center for accommodated testing, please provide your instructor with the Testing Center’s contact information listed below.  The Testing Center staff will offer your instructor guidance on the process for submitting exams.  If your instructor has questions about your approved testing accommodations, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (479) 986-4076 or disability@nwacc.edu, and a DRC staff member will offer assistance to your instructor.
Testing Center
Student Center, Room 306
(479) 619-4354; testingcenter@nwacc.edu

 

6.     What do I do if the Testing Center is full on the date/time that I have discussed with my instructor?
If the Testing Center is full on the date/time that you previously discussed with your instructor, you should contact your instructor immediately to negotiate a new date/time that is mutually agreed upon.  If you or your instructor has any questions about the time frame allotted for an exam, and/or if another date/time is not feasible, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (479) 986-4076 or disability@nwacc.edu. 

 

7.     How do I coordinate the date/time for an exam if I use a reader, scribe, interpreter or assistive technology?
To coordinate the date/time for an exam if you need a reader, scribe, interpreter or assistive technology, you must schedule your exam with the Disability Resource Center.  A DRC staff member will coordinate with the Testing Center to secure an accommodated testing room and approved testing accommodations.  Students may stop by the Disability Resource Center in the Student Center, Room 114, to coordinate an exam with use of a reader, scribe, etc.  Students may also contact the DRC at (479) 986-4076 or disability@nwacc.edu 
NOTE: The Testing Center does not coordinate the use of a reader, scribe, interpreter or assistive technology for students needing these exam accommodations.  

 Please feel free to contact the Disability Resource Center if you have any questions about this process.

 

   

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