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Alternative Testing/Exam Requests for Students [Spring 2021]

With most of Spring 2021 classes being taught virtually, there are a few changes. Please see below.

To align with the return to campus operations plan, OSSOnline exam reservation system will only be taking exam reservations for in-person courses. Proctoring for in-person courses will be available Monday to Wednesday. Similarly to Fall 2020, in the Spring 2021 semester, students will not be able to select the campus location on the exam reservation form.

IMPORTANT: Students must review their reminder email to learn which campus location (Laurel Testing Center or OSS) to report to for the day of their exam.

For virtual courses: OSS students should follow up with their instructor directly and several days in advance to address alternative testing needs for any virtual class. If you need help, please contact Alternative Testing staff remotely at

Faculty: You will receive an electronic copy of your student’s accommodations, which will include the link for the Faculty Alternative Testing Agreement. Faculty may consult the student’s OSS counselor or Alternative Testing staff to discuss how they might accommodate alternative testing arrangements in a remote environment. For in-person courses, proctoring assistance will be available through the Alternative Testing staff at OSS or Laurel Testing Center. For in-person courses needing proctoring assistance, OSS students will submit an exam reservation through OSSOnline.

Alternative Testing for Students: the Process 

To-Do #1: Request Exam Accommodations
  • Log into OSSOnline to review your courses and select your accommodations for the semester.
  • It’s a good idea to be in touch with your OSS Counselor, and definitely contact them if you have any questions!
  • After you select the accommodations you choose in OSSOnline, your OSS Counselor is notified to review and approve your accommodations. It’s best to do this at least 1 week prior to the start of classes. Your Counselor will e-mail you and your Instructors copies of your Accommodation Notice (FYI: after the initial notice is sent, you can log into OSSOnline and print out extra copies of the Accommodation Notice yourself!)
To-Do #2: Connect with your Instructor to Review Accommodations
  • Connect with your instructors to discuss your accommodation plans and how they will proctor your accommodated exam.
To-Do #3: Submit Exam Requests
  • Check your syllabi early, and let your Instructor know you want to use your testing accommodations as soon as you know an exam is scheduled — at least 5 business days in advance (excluding weekends and holidays). 
To-Do #4: Two to Three Days Before Your Exam
  • Check your e-mail or touch base with your Instructor to make sure your exam accommodations are all set up.
  • Consider where you will take the exam (perhaps speak with family members about letting you use a private, quiet room, and consider asking them to be as quiet as possible during your testing time.
  • Make sure your computer, webcam (if required), and related is working well.
  • Make sure you have anything else you need to bring to the exam.
  • Get a good night’s sleep!
To-Do #5: Day of Exam
  • Check your electronics again – make sure everything will be working well for your exam.
  • Be on time! Depending on the setup of the exam, your Instructor may not be able to proctor longer than your scheduled, accommodated, extended time.
  • Bring all approved exam tools and materials.
  • Turn off your cell phone, put away all notes and anything else not allowed. You’ve got this! Complete the exam in an ethical and honest manner.

Alternative Testing for Students: a Shared Responsibility

Student Responsibilities
  • Discuss exam details with Instructor.
  • Speak with your Instructor and OSS Counselor if you need help.
  • Submit exam requests to your Instructor at least 5 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to each exam.
  • On day of exam, show up on time and complete exam in an ethical manner.
Faculty Responsibilities
  • Meet with students to review testing accommodations, as initiated by students.
  • Check their e-mail, communicate with students how exams will be proctored in the remote environment.
  • Communicate any questions, concerns, updates or issues with the student’s OSS Counselor.
OSS Responsibilities
  • Provide information about alternative testing.
  • Answer any questions and/or concerns students or instructors may have regarding alternative testing (
  • Regularly evaluate alternative testing services.


We are here to help you!

For support or answers to your Alternative Testing questions, please contact us at We respond during business hours, and will get back to you right away!


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