Disability and Accessibility Services
 

FAQ's for Faculty Regarding SAS Testing Services

Q. Why does Student Academic Services (SAS) have a testing room?

Q. When is the testing room available to students?

Q.  How do I make arrangements for my students to take an exam in SAS?

Q. How do I get my exam to SAS?

Q.  How will I get my exam back?

Q. Why do I need to schedule and deliver exams in advance?

Q.  Can I coordinate testing accommodations for my students?

Q.  If I coordinate accommodations on my own, how do I calculate extended test time?

Q. What other services does SAS provide to Students?


 

Q. Why does Student Academic Services (SAS) have a testing room?

A. The SAS testing room was established in 2007 as a means for assisting faculty to implement approved testing accommodations, including extended test time, testing in distraction reduced location, and use of a computer.  Once a student is deemed eligible for accommodation by the Coordinator for Student Access Services, it is Skidmore’s legal responsibility to ensure accommodations are provided in a manner that is timely and efficient and that minimizes additional steps or processes.  The testing room is designed to provide faculty and SAS with a tool for achieving this mandate. 

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Q. When is the testing room available to students?

A. The testing room is available for student use Monday through Thursday 8:30am- 10:00 pm and Fridays 8:30am- 4:30 pm.  More information on the testing room procedures can be found here: http://www.skidmore.edu/accessibility/testing_room.php

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Q.  How do I make arrangements for my students to take an exam in SAS? 

A.  While we encourage students to initiate the process, either students or faculty can complete an online exam request form. We ask that the form is submitted at least three days before a scheduled exam.  The form will generate an email confirming the date and time of the scheduled exam to respective students and faculty. 

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Q. How do I get my exam to SAS?

A.  Exams can be sent to sas-testing@skidmore.edu.  Due to the volume of exams administered we request exams be sent at least 24 hours before the scheduled test time. Please be sure to provide specific exam instructions when sending the exam to the SAS testing email address (i.e. regular exam length of time, if calculators and/or formula sheets are allowed, and any other specific exam instructions).

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Q.  How will I get my exam back?

A.  Our student workers are happy to deliver exams to faculty offices.  If a student finishes their exam after regular business hours, the exam will be delivered in the morning.  Exams kept in SAS overnight are placed in a lockbox for safe keeping.  If you prefer to have your exam delivered in a different way please just let us know. 

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Q. Why do I need to schedule and deliver exams in advance? 

A. Over time we have experienced steady and significant growth in the number of students eligible for testing accommodations and the number of faculty seeking support for implementing testing accommodations.  Given the increase in volume and the limited number of spaces we have available in SAS, advance notice and exam delivery is important for maintaining integrity of test material and appropriately preparing for exam administration. 

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Q.  Can I coordinate testing accommodations for my students?

A.  Yes.  Skidmore recognizes a shared model of accessibility services, and faculty are welcome to provide accommodations directly to a student.  It is extremely important, however, that accommodations are coordinated appropriately, and the Director of SAS and the Coordinator of Student Access Services are available to consult with faculty regarding implementation methods as needed.

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Q.  If I coordinate accommodations on my own, how do I calculate extended test time? 

A. Students are generally approved for 50% additional test time, though in some cases 100% additional time.  The amount of extended test time will be outlined on the accommodation letters students provide to faculty.  Faculty should proactively consider the amount of time they expect students will need to complete an exam, and calculate extensions based on that amount of time.  Typically, faculty design exams to be completed within a class session.  In these cases, the calculation would simply be based on an extension of the class period.  In other cases, particularly during final exam week, faculty may design exams most students can be expected to complete within 1.5 hours, even though they have a 3 hour block.  In these cases faculty can implement extension up to 100% additional time without referring students to SAS. It is important to note, however, that if faculty choose this approach yet provide general students with as much time as they would like to complete the exam within the 3 hour block, they should be prepared to provide students who are eligible for accommodation additional time beyond the 3 hour block.  Faculty are welcome to consult with SAS regarding specific test arrangements. 

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Q. What other services does SAS provide to Students?

A. SAS promotes high academic achievement and guides students to take full advantage of the wide variety of opportunities available at Skidmore, in the Saratoga Springs community, and beyond.  SAS serves all Skidmore students interested in strengthening their academic performance or skills by organizing peer tutoring, drop-in tutoring, and by offering professional one-on-one and small group academic support. SAS collaborates with other campus offices and faculty to support Skidmore students with specific responsibility to international students, English Language Learners (ELL), students of color, student-athletes, and students with disabilities.

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