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Bakersfield College

DSPS Staff

Testing Accommodations

Persons with disabilities who might require testing accommodations should contact Disabled Student Programs and Services. In compliance with federal and state laws, Bakersfield College assures each student an equal opportunity to demonstrate competency or knowledge in a subject area at each point in the educational process. Students with disabilities are expected to demonstrate the same competency or knowledge as other students.

Accommodations are made on an individual basis. Such accommodations may include but are not limited to, an extension of time, the use of a computer, the use of a calculator, and, where appropriate to the disability, an alternative mode of assessment.

Due to COVID-19, the in-person accommodated, proctored, and commercial testing support will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

All accommodated testing exams will be administered virtually or via faculty-approved methods. Please note:

  • Students - inform your instructor(s) about your approved accommodations. The instructors will need to adjust the regular class test time to reflect your approved extended time. Such accommodations may include but are not limited to, an extension of time, the use of a computer, the use of a calculator, and, where appropriate to the disability, an alternative mode of assessment.
  • Students - If you use a scribe, contact Lovejot Chahal to receive assistance with accurately setting up your accommodation for exams.
  • Faculty- If the approved accommodations include Assistive Technology, contact Katrina Marquez to request assistance with transferring the exam to the student's preferred format ASAP.

Procedures

Online Course

  • At the beginning of the semester, notify your instructor by email about your need for testing accommodations. In your email, be sure to include a copy of your approved and up-to-date 20-21 Accommodations Checklist. You should have received a copy of your checklist from your counselor at the end of your appointment. If you have not completed an update to your Accommodations Checklist please call the DSPS office at (661) 395-4334 or visit the virtual lobby to schedule an appointment with a counselor. You don't need to discuss the details of your disability with your instructor unless you want to.
  • Three business days before each exam complete the Test Accommodations Web Form. Be sure to indicate which accommodation you will be needing for the upcoming quiz/exam.
  • You will be required to take the test on the same day as the rest of the class unless other arrangements are made with your instructor.

 

FACULTY: If you have been contacted by a student who is approved for an extended time, needs a scribe, alternate media/assistive technology, or you have any questions or concerns please reach out to DSPS at dspsdesk@bakersfieldcollege.edu, and/or TAPC staff at accomdesk@bakersfieldcollege.edu. Should you need any assistance with adjusting the extended time on CANVAS contact Tracy Lovelace, Educational Media Design Specialist, at tracy.lovelace@bakersfiedcollege.edu.

 

On-Campus Course (Temporarily Suspended)

  1. Discuss your need for special testing accommodations with each instructor at the beginning of the semester. If requested, show your instructor a copy of your approved Accommodations Checklist. You don't need to discuss the details of your disability with your instructor unless you want to. It may be best to see your instructor during office hours.

  2. Two weeks before each test, fill out the Testing Accommodations form from the Testing and Placement Center located in CSS 14 or print the PDF copy at the link above. Provide the form to the instructor to complete their portion, then return it to the Testing and Placement Center at least three days before the test. If you have any questions, please call (661) 395-4334.

  3. If possible, remind your instructor of special testing arrangements before the test.

  4. You will be required to take the test on the same day as the rest of your class unless other arrangements are made.

  5. Once you begin the test, you will not be allowed to leave the testing area until the test is completed. You should discuss any personal needs with the Accommodations Coordinator ahead of time.

  6. Your completed test will be returned to the instructor according to the arrangements detailed on the Test Accommodations Form.

 

The DSPS office encourages self-advocacy however, we have prepared templates which you may use to begin the email conversation with your instructor(s). Please copy, paste, and include any additional information you feel will be important in your email.

 

Templates (use as needed)

Start of the semester

Hello Mr./Ms./Mrs. [Insert Instructor’s name]

I am a student with a verified disability enrolled with the Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS) department. Attached you will find the most current copy of my accommodation's checklist. I will be utilizing extended testing time on all exams and quizzes this semester.

Please contact me by email or at [insert phone number] if you have any questions.

Thank you,

[Sign your name]

 

If you have any questions, please connect with the DSPS through the virtual lobby or email dspsdesk@bakersfieldcollege.edu

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