Accommodative Classroom Testing

Accommodative Testing for Students with Disabilities

The Testing Services Office provides testing accommodations for students with disabilities at OCC.  If you received extended time, an alternate location, or other accommodations for exams in high school or if you recently developed a disability, you may be eligible for testing accommodations at OCC.  Your first step is to submit disability documentation to the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR).  Next, you must complete an intake appointment with an Accessibility Specialist in the OAR (call or email: 315-498-2245, [email protected]). The type of accommodations you are eligible for will be determined during this appointment. You are responsible for informing your professors of your eligibility for accommodations and for utilizing accommodative services on campus. 

It is your responsibility to schedule appointments for accommodative tests and quizzes with the Testing Services Office. Do not depend on your instructors to send exams to the Testing Services Office if you have not made an appointment at least 3 business days in advance. 

Accommodative tests are administered by appointment only.  Take the following steps to make an appointment:

  • As soon as you know the date and time of your exam,  use the  Accommodative Testing Appointment Form to set up the day and time you will need to complete your exam. You must submit the form at least 3 business days (excludes weekends) prior to your desired appointment. You will need the following information to submit the form: 
    • The day of your exam
    • The time of your exam
    • The name of the course the exam is for
    • The name of your professor
  • If you make your appointment in person, you will need the information listed above.  You will be given a pink Testing Information form to give to your instructor that indicates all of the details of your appointment.  If you make your appointment over the phone or by using the online form, the details of your appointment will be emailed to your professor. 
  • On the day of your appointment, come to the Testing Services Office.  You will be asked for photo ID.  It is important that you arrive on time and ready to start your exam. Use the restroom, eat, etc prior to your scheduled appointment.  Students who arrive late may not be able to make up lost time or be able to use their full time extension.
  • Students should make appointments to test with accommodations as many days in advance as possible. 

It is expected that all students who use the Testing Services Office will abide by these basic rules:

  1. Make testing appointments as far in advance as possible and arrive on time.  If appointments are not made far enough in advance, your test and other resources (space, time, computers, etc) may not be available.  If you arrive late, you may not be able to make up lost time and receive your full time extension.
  2. Only items specified by your instructor will be allowed in the test room.  All other belongings must be left in the testing office, in a locker or not be brought into the building at all. 
  3. The Testing Services Office is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Prohibited items include but are not limited to:
    • Food or beverages other than water (unless permitted by OAR)
    • Cell phones, smart watches, and other electronic devices 
    • USB flash drives
    • Purses, backpacks, bags, briefcases, etc
    1. Academic Integrity is very important to us. your instructors and the college.  All test sessions are monitored both by video recording, proctor walk-troughs and computer monitoring technology. Your instructor will be notified of any suspicious behavior and/or use of prohibited aids.  At your instructor’s discretion, testing may be terminated and a failing grade submitted if prohibited behavior is detected or confirmed.  

    Questions? Email testing staff at [email protected]

    Accommodative Placement Testing

    If you believe you need testing accommodations in addition to time extension or quiet space for placement testing, you MUST first submit documentation of your disability to the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) (IEP, psychological evaluation, etc). Once your documentation is received and evaluated, you will be contacted by the Testing Services Office with details about when to complete placement testing with accommodations. Documentation can be faxed or mailed to the OAR office:


    (315) 498-2977


    Accessibility Resources Office
    Onondaga Community College
    4585 W. Seneca Tnpk
    Syracuse, NY 13215