Testing Accommodation - Disabled Students Programs and Services

If you are entitled to receive extra time/distraction reduced setting for testing, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Bldg. 7 Accommodations Office, Room 7122.
  2. There are forms to fill out to request testing accommodations. Please indicate date, time, class, instructor, etc., on the form and give it to JoyDawn Olla.
    Please allow as much time as possible before the test is scheduled. Requests must be submitted AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE before the scheduled exam.
  3. Accommodation Services will send a note to your teacher indicating that you are eligible for testing accommodations and request that the exam be sent back to JoyDawn Olla with any special instructions.
  4. You show up to the DSPS office for the exam, instead of your classroom. You will be proctored and/or further accommodated by JoyDawn or a member of the Accommodation staff.
  5. JoyDawn Olla will return the exam to the instructor in whatever way he/she has indicated.

Please note: There will be no changes made in the date or time of the test unless specifically indicated by the instructor.

Note: Students are encouraged to share their need for this accommodation with their instructors at the beginning of the semester.

Any questions, please contact JoyDawn Olla at 510-659-6513 or jolla@ohlone.edu

Test Request Policy:

All test requests must be submitted 1 week prior to each exam to allow adequate time for processing and setting an appointment with a proctor.

Failure to notify the Accommodations Services Office 1 week in advance may result in the need to take your exam with your class.

You have submitted a test request less than 1 week in advance:

  • If your instructor has not announced this exam with adequate time for you to make your request in accordance with our policy, please let us know so we can contact your instructor.
  • If this request is late due to an emergency, please be mindful of the policy to prevent future disruption of your ability to receive your testing accommodations. We will make every effort to assist you.
  • If you are having trouble remembering to turn in test requests on time, please contact the DSPS office to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss time management, organizational skills, and discuss any challenges you may be experiencing.

To make a counseling appointment: Call DSPS (510) 659-6079(510) 659-6079 or email dsps@ohlone.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is it important to make a testing appointment one week in advance?

It is the only way to guarantee you will not have to take your test in class without your accommodations.

Q. How does my instructor know I need extra time on a test?

  • Complete an Accommodations Request form prior to the beginning of each term indicating testing accommodations needed
  • Turn in a Test Request form to make an appointment, one week prior to each test date

Q. I turned in my Test Request form last week but my instructor wants me to take the test in class. What do I do?

Contact JoyDawn Olla jolla@ohlone.edu

Q. Where do I take my test?

  • Fremont campus – Building 7, First Floor, Room 7122
  • Newark campus – NC1313, First Floor, Wing 3

Q. Do I have unlimited time for testing?

Extended test times vary – see your DSPS counselor

Q. I forgot to turn in a Test Request and I have a test in less than one week, can I still take it?

We cannot guarantee short notice test taking appointments and you may have to take your test with your class. Please turn in a Test Request form to arrange an appointment time.

Q. I did not complete a test request form but my instructor sent the test, do I just show up?

We cannot guarantee short notice test taking appointments and you may have to take your test with your class. Please turn in a Test Request form to arrange an appointment time.

Q. My test time/day changed; do I have to change my test appointment?

Yes, please contact JoyDawn Olla jolla@ohlone.edu

Q. My class is at night, is a proctor available?

Turn in a Test Request form one week prior to test date and contact JoyDawn Olla jolla@ohlone.edu for special arrangement

Q. I cannot find my test proctor?

Yes, please contact JoyDawn Olla at jolla@ohlone.edu

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