Alternative Testing

With alternative testing, students can take their exams with OSD instead of in the classroom. The purpose of alternative testing is to accommodate students who need additional time on their exams, as well as testing in a reduced stress environment, typically a quiet location.

OSD is only responsible for proctoring the exam. All exam guidelines will be provided by instructors. Instructors are not required to provide any student with alternative testing accommodations if they are not registered with OSD.

Each semester, registered OSD students in need of alternative testing accommodation must:

  • Request the accommodation using the OSD Online Services (AIM)
  • Inform instructor(s) of the Notification of Academic Support Services—which contains the link to the testing contract.
  • Inform instructor(s) that they must complete the testing contract in order for OSD to schedule your exams.
  • Schedule all your exams for each class before the exam scheduling deadline, which is 5 business days prior to the exam (except for finals).

Late Exam Requests

You must request alternative testing 5 business day before the date of exam. This deadline applies to all exams except finals. The online system will automatically flag your exam if your request is made after the scheduling deadline. If your exam is flagged, please continue with scheduling and you will be contacted for further instructions. OSD addresses late exam requests on a case-by-case basis.

Exam Integrity

Students receiving testing accommodations have the responsibility of honest‚ ethical test-taking behavior and maintaining the integrity of the test. Cheating will not be tolerated and proctors will report any suspicious behaviors by completing an incident report that will be provided to the faculty for that class. Disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the faculty.

*Please note: To provide a reasonable testing accommodation, we need to secure a location on campus and an OSD proctor. Therefore, it is imperative that you notify instructors of the testing contract and schedule your exams on time. If you schedule late or forget to schedule your exam, you may need to test with your class.