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GUIDELINES & FORMS: Alternative Testing

Testing accommodations are provided by the faculty or by the Office of AccessABILITY. Penalizing action may be taken against students who do not follow the guidelines presented on the following pages.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students  requiring  testing  accommodations  should  complete a Testing Arrangement Form (TAF)  for  each  test  or  exam. The Testing Arrangement Form (PDF) can be downloaded here, or this form can be picked up at the Office of AccessABILITY in room E1214B or TH205.
  • Testing Arrangement Form (TAF) must be submitted to TH 205 at least two weeks prior to the test date. The OA Coordinator of Testing Services will assign a proctor and the location to you. All students must confirm their exam date and location one day before the test date either by stopping by TH 205 or calling (212) 650-3582.
  • Final Exams are held in TH 205 unless otherwise instructed by the testing coordinator.
    • All Testing Arrangement procedures apply.
    • Students must submit TAF forms before the deadline set by the office of AccessABILITY.
    • If students fail to meet the Testing Arrangement deadlines, they must arrange a substitute time with their instructors.
  • Students meet their proctor in their assigned room on the test date. Students are required to call the testing coordinator in case of absences at least 24 hours before the scheduled test date. In case of lateness, students will only be given the remainder of the allotted time, as indicated on their Testing Arrangement Form (e.g., if an exam is scheduled for 2:00 to 5:00 pm, and you arrive at 2:15, you still have only until 5:00 p.m. to complete the test). Please note that the proctors will only wait for 1/2 hour in the testing area.

  • All missed exams will be returned to the department. With the professor’s approval, and proper medical documentation, the test may be rescheduled. All students should follow the guidelines in the course syllabus for specific information regarding missed and/or make-up exams.
  • If you need to use a computer as part of your accommodations, you should inform the testing staff at the Access Center, TH205, by calling 212-650-3582.


Faculty Responsibilities

  • It is very important that all exam dates are included in the class syllabus in order for students to schedule their special accommodations in advance.
  • A minimum of two weeks is needed to secure a proctor, reader or scribe to give a test.

  • Faculty signs and dates the form. To authorize open book exams, the use of calculator, spell-check, dictionary, and/or computer, (if not already part of students’ accommodations) the faculty indicates and initializes it on the TAF.
  • All exams should be ready and dropped off, or collected at least 24 hours before the scheduled test date. The Office of AccessABILITY will pick up the exam between the hours of 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday. In such cases, please leave the exam at the designated department, and at the time indicated on the testing arrangement form. If the test is not in the department at time indicated on the form ready for pickup, the instructor will then be responsible to make subsequent arrangements with the office.
  • If you choose to drop off the exam, please bring it to the Access & Technology Center - Room TH205. You may also email your exam to the testing staff, at
  • If  a  professor  should  fail  to  arrange  for  the  pickup of  his or  her exam  twenty-four (24) hours in advance of  the  scheduled  examination  date and time, or fail to deliver the exam to the office, he or she is  then responsible for administering the accommodated exam to the student.
  • Please note that the right of students with documented disabilities to accommodated testing is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

    **For assistance with this guideline or if you require further information, please contact the
    OA at (212) 650- 3582.

Office of AccessABILITY’s Responsibilities

  • All completed Testing Arrangement Forms (TAF) are processed two weeks prior to the test date and a proctor will be assigned accordingly.
  • The testing staff, or assigned proctor will pick up the exam from the department at least 24 hours before the scheduled test time, unless communicated otherwise.
  • All exams are kept in a secure envelop and location and will only be open at the time of the examination.
  • All exams are administered during the regular class and exam dates and hours. In case of possible conflicts with other class hours, which may interfere with students’ accommodations, and or in case of medical emergencies, an alternative time and date will be proposed.
  • Upon completion, tests are returned to the departments the next day of scheduled date on exam.


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Room 1214B, East Building, 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065