Test-Taking Procedures at the ADS Testing Office

Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) has a dedicated Testing Office for registered students with testing accommodations such as extended time testing, reduced distraction, and alternate formats. Students are required to reserve their seat with the Testing Office a minimum of 3 business days in advance of their testing session.

Accessibility and Disability Service Testing Office
0118 Shoemaker Building
Phone: (301) 314-7217
Fax: (301) 314-9478
E-mail: ADSTest@umd.edu

Please Note: Business days DO NOT include Saturdays and Sundays.

Information for Registered Students

Handouts for Registered Students
Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding the Testing Process and Your Responsibilities

  • Step One:  Share your accommodation letter with your course instructor prior to your first testing session.
  • Step Two:  Discuss with your course instructor(s) your desire to use your testing accommodations per assessment (i.e. quiz, test, exam, midterm, and/or final).
  • Step Three: Register to take your assessment via the Online Portal 3 business days or more in advance of your testing date.
  • Step Four: Arrive to ADS Testing Office on time for your scheduled exam.

What do I need to do in order to obtain extra time on my tests/exams?

  • Students should reserve their seat at the ADS Testing Office for the specific day and time of their testing session by making a reservation in the Online Portal.
  • Students must inform their course instructor of their desire to complete their exam with extra time at the ADS Testing Office prior to making a reservation.

Why do I need to make a reservation to have extra time on my tests?

  • Similar to buying a plane ticket, the reservation made within the Online Portal, reserves a seat for you within one of the ADS Testing Office locations. In order to ensure ample space for testing, you must reserve a seat per visit.

Can I use my extra time in the classroom or only within the ADS Testing Office?

  • When a course instructor agrees to allow an ADS student to test within the classroom or alternate environment (i.e. classroom next door, instructor office etc.), students are welcome to make alternate arrangements.  If a student would like to use their extra time in an alternate environment (i.e. classroom, instructor office etc.), they must establish an implementation plan with their course instructor in advance (i.e. testing date, time and location). If it is not possible to make an alternate plan with a course instructor, students will complete their exam within the ADS Testing Office.

How can I ask questions about my exam while taking my test/exam at the ADS Testing Office?

  • Some course instructors provide the ADS Testing Office staff with contact information, so they may be contacted during an exam session. Your course instructor provides their contact information when they complete the Test Authorization Form (TAF).  If a question arises during a testing session, the ADS staff will assist you in calling/emailing your instructor to obtain clarification and answers to your questions.

When I take my exam at the ADS Testing Office, is it administered the same was as in the classroom?

  • Yes, all students completing their exams at the ADS Testing Office follow the same administration directions utilized in the classroom. Your course instructor informs the ADS Testing Office of the appropriate directions by completing the Test Authorization Form (TAF).

What do I do if there is a delayed opening or snow day the day of my exam?
The ADS Testing Office follows the same schedule as all other UMD offices.

  • In the event of a delayed opening, the ADS Testing Office will open at the advertised time. Testing sessions that were scheduling during or overlapping the delayed time, will need to be rescheduled. ADS testing staff will contact you to assist in rescheduling the exam. If your exam was scheduled after UMD reopened, it will occur as scheduled.
  • In the event of a snow day, the ADS Testing Office will be closed, and your exam will need to be rescheduled. ADS Testing staff will contact you to assist in rescheduling your exam.

Informational for Instructors

Information Handouts for Instructors
Frequently Asked Questions

How will you be notified of a students’ desire to utilize their testing accommodations?

  • It is the students’ responsibility to share their accommodation letter with you and to have a discussion about which assessments (i.e. quizzes, tests, exams, midterms, and finals) they would like to implement their accommodations.
  • Students’ make a reservation via the Online Portal system. Instructors can see all testing requests and review the scheduled date and time.
  • The Online Portal send automated emails to professors as a reminder about outstanding testing reservations.

Can I make alternate arrangements with students outside of the ADS Testing Office?

  • Yes, course instructors are more than welcome to make an individualized plan with students. Some examples of these plans include: 1) allowing students to arrive to class early or stay late and test with the class, 2) reserving an additional classroom for all students with additional time in your classroom building, or 3) allowing students to test within your office or another location.

How do I provide additional time to students in an online course?

  • Instructors have the ability to manipulate the set timer within the online class program (i.e. ELMS) for students. A directional document, outlines these steps above.

Where do students test if my class or assessment is online?

  • Students taking online or hybrid courses in which quizzes and exams are administered via the course web site should not be required to take exams/quizzed at the ADS or other locations on campus. Students should complete these quizzes and exams in the same manner in which all students in the web course complete the assessment.

What is the responsibility of the course instructor to ensure students obtain their additional time at the ADS Testing Office?

  • Please submit all exam materials and directions for each assessment to the ADS Testing Office no later than an hour before the scheduled testing time.
  • Please ensure a method of contact is listed so a student may reach you during their exam to ask questions if necessary.
  • Please ensure a method for pick-up or delivery is indicated. Note if no preference is indicated the default is to have the ADS staff return the completed exam to your department office.

Will I receive a reminder notification if exam materials are not delivered in advance?

  • Yes, the ADS Testing Office staff will contact you the night before a student’s scheduled exam if no materials have been received.

How can I deliver exam materials to the ADS Testing Office?

  • Materials can be delivered by fax, email, or dropping off the materials in person.

How are completed exams returned?

  • When completing the Test Authorization Form (TAF), you will select one of the following options: 1) personally picking up the exam (or sending a designee),  or 2) ADS Testing Office staff will deliver the exam to main department office.
  • Please note, if you do not select an option, the ADS Testing Office will automatically return the completed exam to your departmental office.

How is exam integrity maintained?

  • Testing sessions are monitored by a test proctor at all times. Students are only allowed to have materials as designated by the Test Authorization Form (TAF). Completed exams are sealed in an envelope and must be signed for before delivery/pick-up to account for the chain of possession.

How is academic dishonesty addressed?

  • If any cheating or academic dishonest behavior is observed, the exam is stopped and the instructor is contacted immediately. In addition to notifying the course instructor, a written incident report will accompany the sealed exam. Course instructors have the ability to pursue any code of conduct violations as necessary.

Contact ADS Testing Office

Accessibility and Disability Service Testing Office
0118 Shoemaker Building
Phone: (301) 314-7217
Fax: (301) 314-9478
E-mail: ADSTest@umd.edu

Testing Location
0118 Shoemaker Building, Lower Level

Testing Office Hours
Regular Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Final Exam Week - Extended Hours: Monday-Friday: the Testing Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you have any problems accessing the online forms, please contact the ADS Testing Office at (301) 314-7217.