Testing Accommodations

Testing Accommodations

Southwestern is committed to ensuring access for all individuals with disabilities and supports the intention of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).

What are accommodations?

The purpose of accommodations is to provide candidates with full access to the test.  However, accommodations are not a guarantee of improved performance or test completion.  Southwestern provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations.

Southwestern test accommodation may include things such as:

A reader or scribe, for individuals with mobility or vision impairments who cannot read or write on their own

Test accommodations are individualized and considered on a case-by-case basis.  Consequently, no single type of accommodation (e.g. extra time) would necessarily be appropriate for all individuals with disabilities. Simply demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not mean that the person is automatically entitled to accommodations.

What accommodations are right for me?

Specific accommodations should be related to the functional limitations of the test taker.  For example, a functional limitation might be impaired mobility, due to loss of a hand, which prevents the test-taker from writing, typing, and recording answers. The appropriate accommodation might be to have the assistance of a scribe. It is essential that the documentation of the disability provide a clear explanation of the current functional limitation(s) and a rational for each requested accommodation.  You should work with your health care professional or other professionals who know you to determine which accommodations are appropriate for you.

All candidates who are requesting accommodations because of a disability must provide appropriate documentation of their condition and how it is expected to affect their ability to take a test under standard conditions.  This may include additional supporting documentation from the professional who diagnosed the condition.  Requests for testing accommodations must be submitted 5 working days prior to the date of the test.

For more information please call the Disability Services for Students at 541-888-7405. 

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