Welcome to the CEA! Please see the following information to learn more about accessible testing:
What to Know
You must be registered with the Center for Educational Access to receive accommodated exams. Please visit our Getting Started webpage for more information about our registration options.
What to Do
Once registered, you must complete the following steps to use your academic accommodations:
Step 1: Request Accommodated Testing/Quiz Accommodations & Faculty Notification Letters (FNLs) by course.
Students must request their accommodations each semester by providing an accommodation request letter to the instructor of each course they want to implement their accommodations in. Requests can be made via your CEA Student Profile.
For detailed steps on how to request accommodation letters to be sent to your instructors, please visit our Request Accommodation Letters page
Step 2: Contact your instructors to determine how accommodations are implemented in their course(s).
Contact your instructors at least 1 week before an exam to review your accommodations and how they will be facilitated. You do not have to disclose the nature of your disability.
Note: It is not required to test at Testing Services to receive accommodated exams. Many instructors plan to facilitate test accommodations within their department. Please contact your instructor and Testing Services with any questions.
Step 3: When applicable, request an exam appointment at Testing Services.
If your instructor indicates that Testing Services proctoring is needed, then you must request an exam appointment through your CEA Student Profile for a date and time agreeable to your instructor. You should discuss the acceptable time parameters for scheduling with your instructor(s) prior to submitting a request.
You should strive to submit your exam request seven (7) days prior to the exam date, as Testing Services capacity is limited and exam requests are processed on a first come, first-served basis. Final exams requests should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance. Late exam requests will be considered on case-by-case basis.
Tip: If your instructor utilizes Testing Services please reference your syllabi and proactively schedule any exams at the beginning of the semester.
Monitor your UARK E-Mail for updates from the Testing Services and/or your instructor regarding your exam appointment.
Contact Testing Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-575-3849 for further assistancce!
Global Campus & Remote Exam Accommodations
- Global Campus students or students with online exams taken outside of class will likely not need to schedule exams with Testing Services, as most test accommodations can be facilitated in online environment.
- Notify your instructor of the specific accommodations you want to use on exams and specify your accommodations in the appointment details when scheduling with ProctorU. Instructors must also submit an Accommodation Request via ProctorU.
- Please visit Testing Your Equipment prior to each exam to ensure the compatibility of any equipment and/or software.
- On exam day - remind the Proctor of your accommodations and (if applicable) any assistive technology being used.
- If technology issues arise while testing online, please contact your instructor immediately and/or University IT Help Desk.
Assistive Technology (AT)
Assistive technology (AT) includes products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily living for persons with disabilities. The University has a variety of free assistive technologies (AT) available to all faculty, staff, and students, including text-to-speech, screen-reader & magnification, and more. To download assistive technology, visit Get Software. For technical support, contact University IT Services via help.uark.edu or phone (479-575-2905). More information on common assistive software options is available below. Please contact the CEA with any questions.
Text-to-Speech: Text-to-Speech software converts digital text (i.e., words on smartphones, tablets, and computers) into speech for users to listen to.
- ReadSpeaker (RS) is a built-in app within Blackboard featuring text-to-speech, enlarged font/text, screen masking, and more. Voice options include English, German, Spanish, and French. No downloads necessary. Functions with Respondus Lockdown Browser.
- NEW! RS TextAid Tool allows for text-to-speech on any website and more! For more information and instructions for use, please refer to these How to Videos
- Read&Write (R&W): Read&Write functions both in and out of Blackboard and features text-to-speech, screen masking, text highlight, and more. Recommended for reading aloud word docs and text-based PDFs.
- Respondus Exams: Read&Write can be used on Respondus exams for windows users only, and must be opened before Respondus.
- Mac users are advised to use ReadSpeaker when exams requiring Respondus Lockdown Browser.
- To download Read&Write, visit Get Started with Read&Write. For more information and instructions for use, please see Read&Write Help Page.
Speech-to-text software converts human speech into digital text (i.e., words on smartphones, tablets, and computers).
- Testing Services has computers equipped with Dragon, a speech-to-text software.
- Dictate text in all Microsoft 365 Applications (e.g., MS Word, OneNote, Outlook, etc.) using Microsoft’s Dictation Tool.
- Talk & Type feature in Read&Write allows you to control your computer through speech recognition. Speech can be detected through your computer’s microphone, a microphone connected to your computer, or a headset.
- MAC Voice Control: You can dictate text and speak commands to edit text, navigate the desktop and apps, and control your Mac, performing tasks such as scrolling in a document or pressing a button.
Screen-Reader & Magnification:
- Fusion: Fusion is a Windows-only application that combines ZoomText and JAWS, a screen magnifier and screen-reader, respectively. Visit Get Software to submit an IT request to download Fusion.
- NVDA: NVDA is a Windows-only screen-reading software. To download NVDA, visit Get Started with NVDA.
- ReadSpeaker webReader: Enlarge Text Tool
Additional AT Resources: