Alternative Testing Conditions

Students with certain physical, learning, and psychological disabilities may use the same test format as their peers but be eligible for adjustments in testing time and/or environment. A Disability Resource Center Accommodation Specialist will determine the amount of time and the appropriate environment based on the student's medical documentation and specific needs. The student is responsible for making arrangements with the instructor prior to each exam. Space for testing under special conditions is provided either by academic departments or by the DRC.

  • Extended time: Determination of the amount of extended time for exams is based on research conducted by the Educational Testing Service as well as the student's specific needs. Generally, 150 percent to 300 percent of the allocated time is recommended.
  • Distraction-limited environment: Distraction-limited environments are provided to qualified students in order to facilitate concentration and limit disruptions during examinations.

Alternative Testing Methods

Students with certain physical, learning, and psychological disabilities may be eligible for alternative test formats. A Disability Resource Center Accommodation Specialist, in consultation with the instructor, will determine the appropriate format, based on the student's medical documentation and specific needs. The student is responsible for making arrangements with the instructor prior to each exam.

Accommodations for students with disabilities who have difficulty reading test material include:

  • Reader or tape recorder
  • Brailled exam
  • Enlarged print exam

Accommodations for students who have difficulty writing test answers include:

  • Scribe or tape recorder
  • Computer
  • Alternative to scantron answer sheet

For more information on accommodated testing at Purdue, contact the Disability Resource Center at drctesting@purdue.edu, or call 765-496-6168. 

Faculty Consultations

The DRC staff are available to provide departmental or individual trainings on designing more inclusive approaches to assessments that allows all students to demonstrate their mastery of the course material in a manner other than exams. Let the DRC know if you’d like to discuss these options further, or if you’d like to make such changes to your course design.

Contact us: 

Phone: (765) 494-1247
Email: drc@purdue.edu 
Location: YONG Room 830
155 South Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

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