Accommodated Testing: Students

We have updated our processes and exam facilitation for in person testing at the DRC.

The DRC Testing Office is dedicated to providing resources to instructors for inclusive and accessible testing. We encourage instructors to facilitate testing accommodations in the student’s typical learning environment (such as in-class or online) whenever possible. DRC students who are unable to test-in-place can schedule in-person testing with our office through our G-ATR Testing Portal. Our office will facilitate the exam according to the instructions provided by the course instructor(s).

As best practice, students should submit their accommodation letter to their instructor at the beginning of each semester. Students are encouraged to follow up with their instructors to discuss their accommodations. If you are not approved for testing accommodations, please see our Get Started with the DRC page for more information.

Spring 2021 Final Exam Reminders

Students with in-person/paper-based exams and nuanced testing accommodations such as magnification of exam materials or assistive technology will be given priority when scheduling their exams at the DRC. However, any student with testing accommodations that cannot test-in-place can reserve a testing space at the DRC to complete their Honorlock or Proctor U exams depending on availability.

If you plan to test at the DRC, please see the below reminders:

  • Notify your instructor(s) that you plan to test at the DRC well in advance of your test date to allow time for the test instructions to be added to the G-ATR Testing Portal.
  • You must be Cleared for Campus.
  • Submit your accommodated test request (ATR) by April 12th at the latest. You should ONLY submit an ATR if you plan to test at the DRC.
  • Arrive on time for any exams scheduled at the DRC Testing Office.
  • Remember to wear your face covering while testing at the DRC.
  • If you plan to test-in-place, at home or anywhere else, please be sure to talk to your instructors about any testing accommodations that need to be added in Canvas, Honorlock, or Proctor U.

Other Questions/Concerns?

Contact the DRC by emailing us at DRCTesting@ufsa.ufl.edu or call our office at (352) 392-8565 (Option 2).

You can schedule an appointment with our Coordinator for Testing Services, Priscilla Adams, by visiting our DRC Appointments page.

Important Information about Online Testing

DRC students who are enrolled in courses that are offering online testing via Canvas, Honorlock, or Proctor U, should continue to test-in-place whenever possible. Students can request a space at the DRC to complete online exams depending on availability. If you are enrolled in online courses or courses that will utilize online assessment tools, your instructor will work to provide your testing accommodations online. Please see our Spring 2021 DRC Testing Reminders tab for more information.

Communicating Testing Accommodations to Your Instructor

To receive testing accommodations, it is important that you submit your Accommodation Letter to your instructor(s) as soon as possible or at the beginning of the semester. Once your instructor has received your letter, you should reach out to them to inquire how your accommodations will be facilitated. It may be helpful to ask how tests will be facilitated or structured, which platforms you will use for testing, or preferences for submitting accommodated test requests.

Test-In-Place

Students enrolled in online courses or in-person courses that utilize online assessment tools such as Canvas, Honorlock, or Proctor U, are encouraged to test-in-place. This means that all UF students, whether living in Gainesville or in another state, should take their assessments in their current location.

Tip: Discuss any upcoming exam dates with your roommates, friends, and family to be sure you will have a testing environment with minimal distractions.

Testing at the DRC

As a friendly reminder, your instructor is able to add testing accommodations to your online assessments. Please note that for the health and safety of our students, the DRC has reduced testing space and will prioritize approving ATRs for students taking paper-based assessments.

Students must be Cleared for Campus in order to test at the DRC. A temperature check will be completed upon arrival at the DRC. Students who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above will be asked to reschedule their exam.

Using the New G-ATR Portal

Gator-Accommodated Test Request (G-ATR) Testing Portal allows students to submit accommodated test requests (ATRs) and schedule testing at the DRC. Online testing room reservations are available at the DRC depending on availability. To get started with G-ATR, please see our G-ATR Student Guide.

Students can use G-ATR to:

  • Create an Accommodated Test Request (ATR) to test at the DRC
  • View or cancel an existing ATR
  • Use the Upcoming Tests calendar to manage your tests
  • Use the Email Notifications feature to communicate with the DRC or your instructor about an ATR

Important Information about Paper-Based Testing

If you are enrolled in online courses or courses that will utilize online assessment tools, please see our section for Online Testing. To provide inclusive and accessible testing, we encourage instructors to facilitate testing accommodations in the student’s typical learning environment (such as in-class or online) whenever possible. If you are able to receive your accommodations in the classroom or online, it is not necessary to schedule testing at the DRC.

As a friendly reminder, we will have limited testing spaces due to physical distancing guidelines. DRC students enrolled in-person or HyFlex courses which will offer paper-based testing and/or students with nuanced testing accommodations such as magnification of exam materials, assistive technology, or DRC Virtual Proctoring will be given priority when scheduling their exams with the DRC.

Please note: Students must be Cleared for Campus in order to test at the DRC. A temperature check will be completed upon arrival at the DRC. Students who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above will be asked to reschedule their exam.

Communicating Testing Accommodations to your instructor

To test at the DRC, it is important that you submit your Accommodation Letter to your instructor(s) as soon as possible or at the beginning of the semester. Once your instructor has received your letter, you should reach out to them to inquire how your accommodations will be facilitated. It may be helpful to ask how tests will be facilitated or structured, if testing accommodations can be received outside of the DRC, or preferences for submitting accommodated test requests.

Using the new G-ATR portal

Gator-Accommodated Test Request (G-ATR) Testing Portal allows students to submit accommodated test requests (ATRs) and schedule testing at the DRC. Online testing room reservations are available at the DRC depending on availability. To get started with G-ATR, please see our G-ATR Student Guide.

Students can use G-ATR to:

  • Create an Accommodated Test Request (ATR) to test at the DRC
  • View or cancel an existing ATR
  • Use the Upcoming Tests calendar to manage your tests
  • Use the Email Notifications feature to communicate with the DRC or your instructor about an ATR

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are asked to submit an ATR, it is important to note that the DRC Testing Office has a 4 business day policy. You must submit your accommodated test request AT LEAST four business days prior to the day of the exam. This does not include the day of the exam, weekends, or holidays. Please use the Submit by Calculator in G-ATR if you are unsure when you should submit your request. If you have missed the four-business day deadline due to an extenuating circumstance, please note that every ATR must be approved by your instructor. This will increase approval lead times. You may still submit your ATR for review or contact your instructor to inquire about alternative testing options.
Many instructors proactively develop their assessments to be accessible through a concept called Universal Design. If your instructor gives everyone in the class extended time on assessment or otherwise provides multiple means of engagement, representation, or expression, they may be using Universal Design. This concept allows students to demonstrate content mastery regardless of disability or learning preferences. If your testing accommodations are for 1.5x extended time and your instructor provides that to all students, there is no longer a need to utilize testing accommodations. Your test is already accessible to you!

Even if your instructor has not proactively designed your assessments to be accessible, discussing your accessibility needs may help your instructor facilitate your accommodations in the classroom or online.

BEFORE TESTING AT THE DRC

  • Check-in for your test by entering your UF ID on the tablet at the front desk
  • Have your Photo ID ready
  • Make sure your cellphone is on silent or powered off
  • Go directly to your assigned testing room after checking in
  • Place your personal belongings underneath your seat or desk
  • Your proctor will bring your test materials to your exam room/seat

DURING TESTING AT THE DRC

  • Wear your mask at all times
  • Your testing package will contain scratch paper; please alert proctor if you require additional scratch paper
  • Keep your test materials and personal belongings in the testing room while using restroom or getting water

AFTER TESTING AT THE DRC

  • Place your testing materials inside of your testing package and return it to the front desk
  • Remember to check out before leaving
  • Leave the building
The DRC Testing Office has the following testing supplies in each room:

  • White noise machine
  • Pencils
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Disposable earbuds for noise reduction
  • Mirror for online proctored testing (separate environments)

The following items are available upon request if allowed per test instructions:

  • Headphones for audio portions of exams
  • Calculators
  • Additional scratch paper (some already included in test package)

Please be sure to return any used items to the front desk. You do not need to return pencils or used disposable earbuds. A proctor will instruct you to place all other items used in a designated spot for returning test supplies.

Each testing room in the DRC is monitored by Closed Circuit surveillance cameras. If a student is seen with unauthorized materials or devices on the surveillance cameras, we take screenshots for record and ask the students to remove the materials from the testing room. Following the exam, the DRC will inform the instructor of the incident and send a detailed incident report to Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. The consequences of the academic dishonesty are left up to the instructor.
Per the registrar, the course code with the higher number takes precedence. Please work directly with your instructors to determine alternate testing times. The DRC’s test request portal (G-ATR) will alert you if you have any conflicting test times.
If your test is being facilitated online, you should be able to receive your accommodations through the online proctoring platform. However, if this exam is offered in person, please contact the DRC Testing Office at DRCTesting@ufsa.ufl.edu.
If you wish to use Assistive Technology on exams, please speak with your Learning Specialist about adding this accommodation. Assistive technology that can be used on exams includes:

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • MAGic
  • JAWS

If you use one of these programs and wish to add it to your exam accommodations, you will be required to have both personal access to the program and have completed an Assistive Technology training at the DRC. DRC testing staff is unable to assist with these programs during exams.

For any additional questions about assistive technology, please contact Amanda Jackson, Assistant Director of Assistive Technology Services, or schedule an Assistive Technology Consultation.