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Alternative Testing Instructions and Testing Arrangement Form

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 [PDF] for each class. This form can also be picked up at the Access & Technology Center in Room 300, North Building.
  • The Testing Arrangement Form (TAF) must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the test date. Our Coordinator of Testing Services will assign a proctor and location to you.
  • Final Exams are held in Room 300, North unless otherwise instructed by the testing coordinator.
  • If students fail to meet the Testing Arrangement deadlines, they must arrange a substitute time with their instructors.
  • Students meet their proctor in the 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 3:30, you still only have until 5:00 p.m. to complete the test). Please note that the proctors will only wait for one half 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 & Technology Center, 300 North Building, by calling (212) 650-3582
  • Please note that unless specifically permitted by the professor/instructor, we do not allow cell phones, graphing calculators, textbooks, notebooks, notes smartwatches or any electronic devices into the testing areas.

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 must sign and date the form. To authorize open book exams, the use of a 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. 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 the time indicated on the form ready for pickup, the instructor will then be responsible for making subsequent arrangements with the office.
  • If you choose to drop off the exam, please bring it to the Access & Technology Center Room 300, North Building. You may also email your exam to the testing staff at
  • If a professor fails to arrange for the pickup of his or her exam twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the scheduled examination date and time, or fails 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 theTesting Coordinator 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 envelope and location, and will only be opened at the time of the examination.
  • All exams are administered during regular class and exam dates and hours. In case of possible conflicts with other class hours which may interfere with students’ accommodations, or in case of medical emergencies, an alternative time and date will be proposed.
  • Upon completion, tests are returned to the academic departments on the day after the scheduled date of exam.
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