Exams can be designed in ways that are flexible and rarely require accommodations, while others exams create barriers. Testing accommodations can happen in a variety of ways. Due in part to the way most courses are set up at SMU, testing accommodations may be different from what students have experienced at other schools or expect as a student new to the accommodation process.
Accessible tests in the classroom or online
Many instructors design exams in ways that reduce barriers or they make arrangements to provide the necessary accommodations themselves. As a result, you may find that the accommodations you've used in the past for some courses are not necessary.
- Exams designed to be completed in a portion of the class time however the entire class period is available to complete the exam (extra time is built in for all students).
- Online exams modified to include the extended time.
- Take-home exams, papers or projects.
- Having technology, like a computer, available during exams.
- Allowing notes or other materials during the exam.
Why testing in the classroom is often better for the student?
- You may be able to ask questions during the exam.
- Receive information from the instructor for any clarifications.
- Don't have to go to a different location.
- Don't have to find an alternative time to take the exam.
Applying for accommodations
Students requesting services and accommodations must apply via Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS).To apply for accommodations, SMU students complete and submit an online Accommodation Request Form along with supporting documentation to determine eligibility for services.
Learn more about the accommodations and how to apply on the DASS website.