1. Provide explanations and lists of what the test will cover.
2. Provide study guides, study questions or review sessions to aid in mastering material and preparing for tests.
3. Provide a pre-test on the material to prepare students for the official test.
4. Allow for untimed tests.
5. Allow students to take exams in the DSPS High Tech Computer Center.
a. deliver test on disk (or)
b. have student type answers on computer while looking at a written copy of the test.
6. Allow questions to be read aloud to the student.
7. Allow questions to be put onto tape.
8. Allow student to dictate answers to a writer.
9. Allow student to record answers onto tape.
10. Check multiple answer sheets to make sure the student is filling it out correctly.
11. Provide an alternative location to avoid distractions, e.g. an empty office or classroom. Please unplug the phone if using an office for testing and put a sign on the door to prevent interruptions.
12. Provide rest breaks during tests.
13. Test knowledge of concepts, not reading or spelling ability.
14. Allow take-home exams which test understanding, not memory.
15. Give frequent short quizzes instead of one long exam.
16. Provide extra care in giving oral instructions: e.g., repeat instructions; divide sentences into short, meaningful phrases and pause between each phrase; ask student to repeat instructions to make sure they were understood.
17. Provide alternate tests as a second chance.
18. After the test, circulate copies of test answers or model answers.
19. Allow alternate modes for demonstrating knowledge.
20. Refer students to your class syllabus as a guide for test preparation.
1. Compose examination questions carefully to avoid any confusions or complexities of language.
2. Print tests on different colored paper and allow students to choose which color they read best.
3. Add at least one example for each different set of items within any section of the test.
4. Group items which measure similar skills in progressive order of difficulty.
5. Place answer options in a vertical format with answer bubbles (horizontal ovals) to the right.
6. Place reading comprehension passages in separate boxes set off from the sentences testing comprehension.
7. Use continuation arrows and stop signs to organize the flow of items within the tests.
8. Provide an alternative format such as a take home essay.