Testing Accommodations

Testing Accommodation Process

Depending on their individual situation, students with testing accommodations may test in the Assessment & Testing Center, or in Student Accessibility Services's semi-private or private room. Below are the steps that students and Faculty take with regard to accommodated testing:

  1. Students are responsible for scheduling their test online using the Testing Room Request Form. A new form must be used for each on-campus proctored exam. Students must schedule at least three business days before the test date. Students may contact SAS for assistance with submitting this form.
  2. The instructor(s) will get notified that their student is taking a test and when.
  3. Faculty submit the Shoreline Faculty Exam Submission Form as soon as possible, and no later than 48 hours before the scheduled test date. With this form, Faculty will upload their exam and include any special notes, allowances, and contact information (cell phone numbers if you will be off-campus or otherwise not near a phone).
  4. Any permission to test on alternate days or times must be provided in writing via by the instructor. The student should CC testcenter@shoreline.edu on communications with the instructor showing permission for alternate test date or time. Evening classes are an exception; students will have to test outside the class session in order to be proctored during our open hours.

What Counts as a Test?

For the purpose of applying disability accommodations, a “test” is any class activity that has restricted access to materials, operates within a limited time frame of the class’s dedicated participation hours, and is monitored.

Examples of where testing accommodations should apply include timed online tests, pop quizzes, in-class essays, and lab practicals.


  • Request your basic accommodations each quarter (Accommodation Request Form) each quarter. If you do not have accommodations in place, you will not be able to have accommodated testing.
  • Submit a new Testing Room Request Form for each test for which you would like to be accommodated.
  • Arrive on time for tests. If you arrive later than the time you scheduled, you will lose time on your exam.

  • Meet with the student to discuss a plan for how exams may be accommodated throughout the quarter.  Students can choose to use accommodations or not, but their intentions must be stated in advance of each test.  Many students choose to take every test with accommodations.  
  • Submit all exams and proctoring instructions using the Shoreline Faculty Exam Submission Form at least 48 hours prior to the day of the test so that we have sufficient time to prepare the testing packet for the student and proctor. 
  • Completed tests can be picked up by Faculty, sent through Campus mail, or brought back to the instructor by the student.  In the latter situation, the test will be in a secure envelope.

Online Exams

Students will still receive accommodations for online exams, though they do not need to schedule in advance. The exceptions include, but are not limited to, synchronous online testing, online testing with an interpreter, and online exams with a Reader.

Faculty may reach out to eLearning for assistance in extending online exam times for individual students.

General Information About Testing Accommodations

Assessment & Testing Center: It is really a reduced-distraction environment and may have a few other students taking other tests in the same room.

SAS Testing Room: A semi-private (sometimes private) testing space on the second floor of FOSS with no more than 10 testers.

Private Room: The student takes a test in a room by themselves.

Scribe: The student provides verbal answers to the scribe. The scribe is a staff person from our office. The student writes only what the student dictates, and does not influence the outcome of the answers.  Extended test time with a scribe is necessary to allow the student to dictate their answers, then wait for them to be written.

Reader: A staff person from our office reads aloud the questions verbatim only and does not provide any other information to the student.