Testing Students with Accommodations

Based on documentation on file with Accessibility Services in the UWG Counseling Center and with the permission of the instructor, a University of West Georgia student with a physical and/or learning disability may be entitled to accommodations with regard to classroom exams. The university’s Testing Office is available to provide assistance to those students eligible for accommodations. 

These testing accommodations generally fall into one or more of the following categories: extended time in a setting less distracting than the actual classroom, a computer for word processing, an optical enlarger for those with visual impairments, and in some cases a reader/transcriber.

In order to make arrangements for special testing opportunities, please note the following:

  1. The student must have documentation on file with Accessibility Services; this documentation meets Board of Regents’ criteria for establishing the need for testing accommodations.
  2. The student has presented that semester’s instructors with a copy of the Student Accommodations Report (SAR), available from Accessibility Services, indicating what accommodations have been approved.  In the majority of cases, those students eligible for extended time receive anywhere from 50% more time to double time what the students testing in the classroom receive. 
  3. With the instructor’s approval, the student sets up appointments with the Testing Office identifying the tests to be taken, the instructors involved, and the accommodations approved.  Students who have syllabi with the testing dates for the semester identified should make their appointments as early in the semester as possible.
  4. Scheduling appointments for testing can be done in multiple ways: in person - by stopping by our Front Office, in Strozier Hall room 108; by phone - call us at 678-839-6435 during normal business hours (no voice messages, please) or by email - send all details of your request for a testing appointment to testwest@westga.edu
  5. It is the student’s responsibility to make appointments with the Testing Office and then remind the instructor to be sure the test is sent to the Testing Office prior to the student’s arrival to take the test.
  6. Academic Testing Services strictly enforces a 48-hour in advance policy for students to schedule testing appointments with us. The recommended time to schedule exams with us is at least one week ahead, but you are required to schedule at least 2 business days prior to your exam time. We strongly encourage that you schedule all of your testing appointments for confirmed test dates at the beginning of each semester. If you have any questions or concerns regarding scheduling testing appointments, please email: testwest@westga.edu
  7. In general, students taking tests with extended time are expected to take their tests at essentially the same time that the rest of the class is testing.  In some cases, a student may have to come in earlier than the regularly scheduled class time or—due to the academic schedule—may have to come in later than the regular class period.  A person testing before the class starts or after the class has finished an exam must have the permission of the instructor.
  8. Students who have testing appointments are expected to show up on time and with all necessary materials. The testing office does not provide scantrons, blue books, or other materials such as calculators that may be needed for the test. If an instructor has approved the use of scratch paper, that will be provided by the testing office.
  9. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor, the testing office is responsible for delivering the completed test to the instructor’s departmental mailbox.

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In accordance with the CDC and USG guidelines for COVID19, the instructions below should be followed when arriving at the Testing Center in Strozier Hall:

1. Prior to entering the Testing Center, examinees are required to wear a mask or facial covering. This is a University System of Georgia requirement (https://www.usg.edu/coronavirus/). Any surgical or cloth face mask, including a homemade face mask, is acceptable as long as your mouth and nose are fully covered. If you do not have a mask upon arrival, one will be provided for you. Anyone not using a face covering will be asked to wear one or leave the area. 
2. When entering Strozier Hall, if others are present in the lobby or main office, stay a minimum of 6 feet away from other people in the waiting area. Signage will be available to direct you to an available seat. The Testing Center Staff will greet you in the lobby at the time of your testing appointment.
3. If you need assistance, please wait in the lobby if someone is already being helped in the front office until they exit.
4. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in the lobby, locker room and testing rooms. Please be sure to sanitize your hands upon entrance and exit of the Testing Center and any other entry points.
5. Testing check-in will be done individually and the Testing Center staff will provide you with further instructions at the time of your appointment to ensure a safe testing experience for everyone.
6. If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID19, please call the Testing Center to reschedule your test.

*If you have any concerns about testing in a face to face environment,
please contact our testing office at 678-839-6435 or testwest@westga.edu.*