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UCLA Center for Accessible Education

To assist faculty in providing exam accommodations, the CAE operates a Testing Center. The most commonly accessed accommodations are extended time and a distraction-reduced environment. Students are expected to make their accommodation letters available via the Student Portal during week one of each quarter (or no later than 7 days prior to first exam administration date).

As a reminder, faculty must provide information to CAE about the exams for a course in which a registered student has requested a proctored exam. Please use the link below to provide that information to the CAE Testing Center.

Schedule Exam for Registered Students

What are CAE-approved Testing Accommodations?

Accommodations for tests mitigate the impact of barriers in the standard exam setting for students with disabilities, and allow students with disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Exam accommodations might include assistive technology or auxiliary aids; additional time for the exam; or a distraction-reduced exam setting. In order to receive the testing accommodation once approved by a CAE Disability Specialist, students must make their requests for testing accommodations by releasing their accommodation letters via their CAE Student Portal. Any testing-related accommodations will be directly identified in the student's accommodation letter.

Important Considerations for Implementing CAE-approved Testing Accommodations

Faculty may have major questions about how to implement testing accommodations, particularly in circumstances where they may be responsible for parts or all of the implementation. Below are some common questions that we get that may help faculty looking for information on how to support the implementation of testing accommodations.

What Qualifies Under Extended Timing on Exams

The accommodation for “extra time on exams” is intended for assessments in the form of multiple choice, short-answer, and/or essay formats with a fixed time. This can apply to quizzes, midterms, and finals. The exam may take place physically in-person or remotely.

How Much Additional Time is Offered

The total time offered for every student in the class, regardless of the anticipated, expected, or average time of completion for all students, on an exam is the time that is used to determine the total time offered to a student with the extra time accommodation. As an example, a faculty member may design an exam to be completed in 2 hours, but they provide 3 hours total to the class to complete the exam. A student with 50% additional time in this situation should be provided 4.5 hours, not 3 hours, to complete the exam because everyone else in the class is offered 3 hours.

Guidance for Take-Home Assessments

If an exam is created as a take-home exam with an extended period of time to complete (e.g., a 24 hour window in which to initiate the exam), the extra time accommodation is not generally relevant. A take-home assessment that is structured to take place over multiple days will need to be assessed for accommodation needs on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the CAE counselor to ensure the student is adequately accommodated.

How Do I Implement Accommodations for an Online or Remote Exam

There are a variety of considerations an instructor should take into account when choosing an online modality for exams in the course and implementing accommodations:

Adding Additional Time to an Online Exam

Faculty are able to adjust times for students with an extra time accommodation in BruinLearn. Written instructions can be found at the following link: How to provide extra time on quizzes or, watch the video tutorial.

Administering Remote Exams:

For remotely administered exams, please visit our Guidelines for Extra Time Accommodation in the Remote Exam Environment for more information. If you have questions after reviewing these guidelines, please follow up with the student’s CAE Disability Specialist directly.

Important Considerations for CAE-Proctored Exams

While it is an instructor's responsibility to provide the student's approved testing accommodations, CAE does offer a Testing Center where staff may administer and monitor students' accommodated exams for your course. Below are some important considerations to effectively schedule and facilitate exams through the CAE Testing Center.

Scheduling Exams with the Proctoring Center

As of the Fall 2021 quarter, CAE requires that a faculty member submit information about the exam in order to schedule all students with accommodated testing. Our process no longer involves students requesting accommodations for each exam. Once a faculty member receives a student's accommodation letter with approved testing accommodations, they should reach out to to request CAE assistance. Alternatively, the faculty member may fill out this form to submit their request for proctoring support.

For more information on how testing/proctoring services has changed, please see our Proctoring Checklist.

Utilizing the Faculty Portal to Provide Exams to the Proctoring Center

The Faculty Portal allows instructors to upload exams directly to the Portal, view accommodation letters, and provide exam information – all in one convenient place.

  1. To access the Faculty Portal, visit the CAE homepage at The Faculty Portal is located at the top of the page. Log in using your UCLA logon ID and password.
  2. Follow the step-by-step instructions, provide exam information, and upload the exam. The exam is uploaded to a secure, encrypted, password-protected portal that is accessible only to CAE Testing staff.
  3. The CAE will download the exam and provide proctoring services in our Proctoring Center or at another location on campus. Proctors will ensure that exam instructions you provided in the Portal are followed during the exam.
  4. After the exam is administered, it will be returned, in a sealed envelope - or available for pick-up - following the instructions provided in the Faculty Portal. You will be notified of any issues or special incidents that occurred during testing.

How Faculty Can Ensure a Equitable Testing Experience for Students with Disabilities

Provide accurate exam dates in advance.

Discuss with CAE students how pop quizzes might be handled. CAE staff can assist with options that will meet your learning outcomes.

Provide exams in a timely fashion.

All exams & testing instructions should be provided as far in advance as possible. This ensures that CAE students are able to start their exams on time, without delays caused by retrieving exams at the last minute. If changes are made after uploading an exam, please notify the Testing Center immediately to ensure your student has the correct version of the exam. Please note that the CAE Testing Center does not receive exams via email, nor will CAE staff pick up exams from the classroom.

Provide access to information during exams.

If students in the classroom can ask the professor or TA questions during the exam, CAE students must have the same access during their exams in the Testing Center or other locations. Please provide contact information with your instructions in the Faculty Portal.

Instructors are responsible for implementing CAE-approved accommodations.

As instructors, faculty share responsibility for providing students with disabilities equal access to educational opportunities. The Testing Center assists UCLA faculty in fulfilling this mandate. Whenever possible, professors are encouraged to provide exam accommodations.

If you choose to have your department proctor the exam:

You may elect to provide the exam accommodation or to have personnel in your department provide the accommodation. Please refer to your student’s Letter of Accommodation to ensure that they receive the adjustment for which they have been approved. If you have any questions about exam proctoring, please contact the CAE Testing Center.

It may be appropriate to consider alternative assessments.

We also want to continue to encourage faculty, when possible, to consider implementing alternative exam formats that do not involve proctoring. Please review UCLA’s Alternative Assessment Recommendations for more information about alternative assessment ideas.