Final Exams: Spring 2013

Dear AccessAbility Services students,

Final exams are almost here and as many of you know (or are quickly learning) they are conducted slightly differently here at MHC. Below you will find information on pre-scheduled and self-scheduled exams as well as instructions on how to access your approved academic accommodations.

There is a lot of important information contained within this page. Please allow sufficient time to review this page carefully and ask any questions you may have as soon as possible.

Please note: If you have not requested academic accommodations for the spring 2013 semester, you must make a formal request by submitting the Academic Accommodation Request Form. Keep in mind, late requests may not be able to be accommodated. Students that did not request accommodations this semester will not be permitted extended time.

Pre-scheduled Exams

If your exam is pre-scheduled, you will need to speak with your professor by the end of classes on Monday, April 29, 2013 to set up the specific accommodations. Since pre-scheduled exams are administered by the professor, you will need to work with the individual faculty member on the logistics of taking your final. Exception: If you are utilizing testing accommodations for Biology 200, Biology 220, or Chemistry 201, further information will be sent to you individually. If you will need access to assistive technology for your exam, please email Maureen Bourbeau by the last day of classes, April 29, 2013, to discuss logistics and reserve space.

The list of pre-scheduled exams can be found on the Registrar's website.

Please note: While our office space is open for testing during finals, AccessAbility Services will not be staffed after 5:00 p.m. or over the weekend. To request space, please use the Testing Space Reservation Form. Requests will be reviewed as they are received and placements will be done on a first-come first-served basis. You will receive a status update on your request via email within two business days. Requests for testing rooms in our office must be completed by May 1, 2013. 

Self-Scheduled Exams

1. Picking up your self-scheduled exam

If your exam is self-scheduled, pick up your exam in Hooker Auditorium at the beginning of one of the scheduled exam sessions. Remember to bring your One Card. We recommend bringing a watch as well.

The list of pre-scheduled exams can be found on the Registrar's website.

If you require assistance to pick up your exam from the Exam Center in Hooker, please contact AccessAbility by the last day of classes, April 29, 2013, to request this accommodation.

2. Taking your self-scheduled exam

  1. If you are taking the exam with extended time, you will take your exam in one of the approved testing rooms, using up to double time if needed. A list of approved rooms will be posted in Hooker.

    Please note: Examination periods are two hours in length with thirty minutes allotted travel time. Double time therefore constitutes four hours of testing time and thirty minutes travel time.

  2. If you are taking the exam with extended time in a distraction-reduced setting, you will take your exam in one of the following rooms:
  • Clapp 206, Clapp 218
  • Library 618
  • Shattuck 203, Shattuck 217, Shattuck 319
  • Skinner 216

Attached to this email you will find the Distraction-Reduced Rooms List which includes a brief description of each room listed above. We recommend printing this attachment for reference on test day. In order to maintain confidentiality, the distraction-reduced rooms will not be advertised at the Exam Center or otherwise marked with the exception of a “Reserved” sign on each door.

We kindly ask that there are no more than three students in any given room in order to maintain a distraction-reduced testing environment. There is transit time built into the exam period so that you may locate a testing room that will work well for you. You may want to consider visiting these spaces ahead of time so that you can make the best decision on test day. You may take up to double time in any reserved distraction-reduced room.

Please note: While our office space is open for testing during finals, AccessAbility Services will not be staffed after 5:00 p.m. or over the weekend. To request space, please use the Testing Space Reservation Form. Requests will be reviewed as they are received and placements will be done on a first-come first-served basis. You will receive a status update on your request via email. Requests for testing rooms in our office must be completed by May 1, 2013.  

c. If you are taking the exam with the use of a computer or assistive technology, email Maureen Bourbeau by the last day of classes, April 29, 2013, to discuss logistics and reserve space.

3. Returning Your Self-Scheduled Exam

The Exam Center in Hooker Auditorium is open only during the hours listed on the Registrar's website.

If you finish your exam and the Exam Center is closed, take your exam to the Registrar's Office located on the lower level of Mary Lyon Hall. If it is past 5:00 p.m., you will need to take your exam to Campus Police. Go in through the main door and give the exam to the Officer at the Campus Police Dispatch Window.

Students in need of assistance returning their exams after hours should contact the Campus Police at 413-538-2304.

Five College Exams

If you need accommodations for a final exam in an off-campus Five College course, you must inform the disability services office on the appropriate campus by the deadline they have set forth. Late requests may not be able to be accommodated.

Contact information for Five College disability services  can be found online.

As always, you are under the Honor Code.

Remember to get enough sleep and think about healthy, nutritional choices! We encourage you to build in time to take a walk, do yoga, or engage in other de-stressing activities to burn off some of that nervous energy.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact AccessAbility Services at 413-538-2634. 

Good luck with the end of the semester!

Best,
Deborah, Maureen, Liza & Jenn
AccessAbility Services