Rock Valley College

Testing Accommodations

Accommodations for course exams and quizzes is the most frequently utilized category of accommodations by all students with disabilities. This type of accommodation allows the student to more accurately demonstrate their knowledge and achievement as opposed to measuring the impact of a disability.

Placement Test

Accuplacer, the college's placement test, is an untimed, computer-based exam.  Therefore, students who only require extended testing time for exams, can complete this test without needing to register with the DSS office.  If, however, additional accommodations are required beyond extended time, students are encouraged to contact the DSS office at (815) 921-2371 prior to scheduling their placement test.

Testing with Accommodations

Exam and Quiz Accommodations available to students with disabilities may include:

  • Alternate Format: (ex., large print, Braille, cassette, or electronic)
  • Extended Time
  • Student aide services (ex., readers, scribes, lab assistants)
  • Specialized environment (ex., reduced-distraction room, soft lighting, white noise machine)
  • Adaptive equipment and assistive technology

Providing testing services for students with disabilities requires careful scheduling of both the professional staff and the physical space available in the Testing Center. Therefore, the following guidelines have been established for enrolled students requesting testing accommodations.

  • Students are responsible for notifying their instructor(s) regarding the delivery of examinations and quizzes to the Testing Center.
  • Students requiring only extended time for tests/quizzes may test during regular Testing Center hours without a scheduled testing appointment:
  • Course examinations and quizzes are normally administered during the regularly scheduled class periods when other students are testing, unless there are extenuating circumstances, or as indicated by the instructor.

A scheduled testing appointment is required for students using any of the following accommodations:

  • Student aide services (readers, scribes, lab assistants);
  • Specialized environment;
  • Adaptive equipment and/or assistive technology; or
  • Alternative text formats

Testing appointments are scheduled through the Testing Center at least three days in advance of an exam/quiz (via phone, e-mail, or personal visit). Students should be prepared to indicate the exam/quiz date, time, course name, and instructor name. Students are advised to confirm their appointment with the Testing Center and verify exam/quiz delivery with their instructor one day prior to the exam/quiz via phone, email, or personal visit.

Preferred hours for scheduled tests are 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Monday through Friday or other times by arrangement.  Please contact the Testing Center staff at (815) 921-2380 regarding any questions or concerns relating to testing with accommodations.

RVC Testing Center

The RVC Testing Center is located on the ground floor of the Student Center.
Phone: (815) 921-2380



Monday, Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon (one Saturday per month. Please call for schedule).
* subject to change without notice