Testing Accommodations by the Accessibility and Disability Service Office

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The University of Maryland (UMD) is committed to the principle that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefit of services, programs, or activities at the university. The Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals to ensure equal access to services, programs, and activities sponsored by the University of Maryland.

UMD instructors and staff are required to respond to student requests for academic accommodations on the basis of disability. This document outlines information for instructors to provide testing accommodations to students with disabilities. 

Testing accommodations provide students with equal access to learning and an equal opportunity to show what they know and what they can do. It creates a more level playing field for students whose disabilities or language abilities may adversely affect their capacity to show on a test what they have learned in class. It applies to any course activity that reflects in grading and the student’s ability to succeed or fail in a course. It applies for every exam, assignment, formative assessment, quiz, etc.

NOTE: UMD instructors must go to the Accessibility and Disability Service Online Portal to review the accommodation letters for their students. The letter clearly specifies the types of accommodations approved for the student for a specific semester.

Types of testing accommodations

Students may be approved for different types of testing accommodations. Below is a list of the most common testing accommodations approved by ADS.

Extended time and breaks


Use of adaptive and assistive technology

Contact the ADS Adaptive Technology Lab at 301.314.7958 if you have any questions on how to implement exams for students who require the use of adaptive technology.


Use of video and audio clips

Contact ADS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) at dhhs@umd.edu to determine the best means of captioning your videos.


Use of alternatives to human readers and scribes


Required paper copy of the exam

Some students require a paper copy of the exam. For these cases, questions for exams being administered via ELMS or in another online format must be sent directly to the testing office via upload, email, or hardcopy if the student is testing with ADS.


Implementation options

Administer assessments ONLINE through ELMS-Canvas


Administer assessments without ADS

Instructors must ensure that:


Administer assessments with ADS

The ADS Testing Office administers exams for in-person classes, and instructors are encouraged to provide accommodations when possible. Please note that instructors should not require that ADS students be proctored if the assessment is not proctored for other students. Below are the required steps to have an exam administered by ADS.


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