Academic and Testing

Registering with Disability Services is an interactive process that involves student self-report, a Disability Services specialist’s observation and interaction, and information from external sources (e.g., documentation from a healthcare provider). Disability Services collaborates with students to provide reasonable accommodations that are individualized and based on documentation, functional limitations, and a collaborative assessment of needs. Here some examples of academic accommodations:

  • Audio recording lectures (e.g., SmartPen)
  • Assistive technology
  • Sign Language Interpreters/Transliterators
  • Furniture modifications
  • Reduced distraction environment for tests, exams, and quizzes
  • Additional time/breaks for tests, exams, and quizzes
  • Foreign language and quantitative reasoning exemptions.
  • Priority registration
  • Reduced course load
  • Physical access–every effort is made to reduce barriers to classrooms and other university facilities. Students with accessibility concerns should contact Disability Services as soon as they become aware of the need for this type of accommodation.

 Testing Center

Students should submit a Test Proctoring Form for each test, quiz, or exam to be taken in the Disability Services Testing Center.  The Test Proctoring Form provides essential information for Disability Services staff to be able to appropriately proctor tests, quizzes, or exams.  Submitting a completed Test Proctoring Form prior to the scheduled test, quiz, or exam contributes to ensuring full access to approved accommodations.

Completed forms can be submitted to the Disability Services Testing Center in person (Student Union Building 1, Room 3313) or via email (dstests@gmu.edu).  When completing this form electronically, please be sure to “Save as a PDF” when using a PC or “Export to PDF” when using a Mac.  Students and professors need to complete their respective sections on the Test Proctoring Form.  While professors are welcome to turn the forms in on behalf of students, ensuring that the form is submitted is the responsibility of the student.

Students are responsible for following the Disability Services Testing Center Policies and Procedures.  Contact 703.993.1708 or dstests@gmu.edu with any additional questions or concerns.

The Disability Services Testing Center is located in SUB1, Room 3313.

Testing Center hours: M-F 9am-4:45pm.

*Tuesday evening testing hours until 8:45pm are available when scheduled prior to the day of the test.

During the university scheduled fall and spring final exam periods, the Disability Services Testing Center will be open extended hours.  Students registered with Disability Services will be notified via email and updated signage in and around the Testing Center.  Students are also encouraged to review the Final Exam Schedule posted on the Registrar’s website.