Student Guidance: Accessible Testing

Welcome to the CEA Test Center! Please see the following information to learn more about accessible testing:


  • The CEA Test Center is a 32-seat testing facility that assists faculty in facilitating in-class exam accommodations.

  • Students are not required take their exams at the CEA Test Center to receive accommodations. Instructors should strive to facilitate accommodations within their academic department to provide instructor access to students with disabilities during exams.

  • The CEA Test Center is unable to proctor every student who receives exam accommodations, and scheduling occurs on a first come, first-served basis.Students should first communicate with instructors to determine how exam accommodations are facilitated in their course(s) and, when applicable, the time parameters for scheduling with CEA Test Center.

  • Global Campus students or students with online exams taken outside of class will likely not need to schedule exams with the CEA Test Center. For more information, see Online Exam Accommodations below.

  • 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.

Once registered, you must complete the following steps to use your academic accommodations:

  • Step 1: Request Accessible Testing/Quiz Accommodations & Faculty Notification Letters (FNLs) by course.

    • Students must request their accommodations each semester by providing a Faculty Notification Letter (FNL) 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 FNLs to be sent to your instructors, please visit our FAQ page or watch this informational video.

  • 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 the CEA Test Center to receive accommodated exams. Many instructors plan to facilitate test accommodations within their department. Please contact your instructor and the CEA Test Center with any questions.

  • Step 3: When applicable, request an exam appointment at the CEA Test Center.

    • If your instructor indicates that CEA Test Center proctoring services are 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 CEA Test Center 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 the CEA Test Center, please reference your syllabi and proactively schedule any exams at the beginning of the semester.

    • Monitor your UARK E-Mail for updates from the CEA Test Center and/or your instructor regarding your exam appointment.

    • For detailed steps on how to request an exam appointment, please visit our FAQ page or watch this informational video or contact the Test Center.

  • Scheduling Exam Appointments:
    • Speak with your instructor before submitting an exam request to determine how test accommodations are facilitated in their course(s) and, when applicable, the acceptable time parameters for scheduling.

    • Exam requests should be submitted seven (7) days in advance. Final exam requests should be submitted at least two (2) weeks in advance. Late exam requests will be considered on case-by-case basis.

    • Note: Due to capacity limitations, most students will test in alternative locations outside of the CEA Test Center during finals week. CEA Test Center proctors and supplies provided.

  • Exam Scheduling Blocks: Students must schedule exams to begin at one (1) of the specified time blocks below:
    • Fall / Spring:

      • Monday – Thursday: 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm.

      • Friday: 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm.

    • Summer:

      • Monday – Friday: 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm.

    • Exceptions are considered on case-by-case basis. Contact the CEA Test Center (ceatest@uark.edu) with questions or concerns.

  • Appointment Check-in Procedures:

    • Option 1 – Standard Check-in: Report directly to the CEA Test Center’s front desk with your University Student ID. There, a staff member will review your exam instructions and direct you to your assigned testing station.

    • Option 2 – Contactless Check-in: Using your phone, contact the CEA Test Center (479-575-2695) prior to entry. Please have your University ID ready. Via phone, a staff member will review your exam instructions and testing location. Upon entry, pick-up your exam from the front desk and report to your assigned testing station.

    • Bring all necessary materials to your exam appointment (e.g., scantron, pen/pencil, blue book, etc.).

    • If the CEA Test Center reaches maximum capacity, then you may have to test in an alternative location or reschedule your appointment.

  • During the Exam:

    • Please report any exam-related questions to the front desk by using the doorbell next to the testing room entry/exit door. A staff member will relay your question to your instructor.

    • Exams are proctored using human proctors and closed-circuit video surveillance. Suspected violations of the Academic Policy Series 1520.20, will be reported to faculty.

  • For your Safety:

    • In accordance with CDC guidance regarding the COVID-19 Delta variant, face covering policies have been reinstated for students, faculty, staff and guests, regardless of vaccination status, in indoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be assured. Please see the Health Guidelines page for more information.

    • You will be required to keep your belongings under your test station during your exam. All non-medical technology must be removed, silenced, and placed in your bag while testing. Any materials not approved by your instructor are prohibited during the exam.

    • You will be required to clean your test station and any supplies utilized during your exam with the cleaning materials provided.

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 Test Center 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): ReadSpeaker 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.

      • Respondus: ReadSpeaker can be used on Blackboard exams requiring Respondus for both Mac and PC users.

      • For more information and instructions for use, please see our ReadSpeaker Quick Guide.

    • Read&Write (R&W): Read&Write functions both in and out of Blackboard and features text-to-speech, screen masking, text highlight, and more. Additional language packs can be installed to read aloud non-English content. To download Read&Write, visit Get Started with Read&Write.

      • Respondus & Mac Devices: R&W is NOT functional within Respondus for Mac users. Mac users are encouraged to try ReadSpeaker when Respondus is required and/or contact the CEA for assistance identifying other options.

      • Respondus & Windows Devices: R&W can be used within Respondus for Windows users only, but R&W must be opened before opening Respondus.

      • For more information and instructions for use, please see our Read&Write Quick Guide.

    • For a downloadable, combined version of our quick guides, please see ReadSpeaker / Read&Write Quick Guide.

  • Speech-to-Text: Speech-to-text software converts human speech into digital text (i.e., words on smartphones, tablets, and computers).

    • The CEA Test Center has computers equipped with Dragon, a speech-to-text software. Students needing to use this software will likely need to test at the CEA Test Center and should plan to allocate time for “training the dragon.” Contact CEA Test Center with any questions.

    • 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.

  • Note: Students requiring the use of assistive technology for in-class exams will likely need to schedule with the CEA Test Center. Contact the CEA Test Center and your instructor in advance to ensure appropriate arrangements are made.

  • Contact your instructor at least one (1) week before an exam to determine how accommodations will be facilitated in their course and contact the CEA with any questions or concerns.
  • Global Campus students or students with online exams taken outside of class will likely not need to schedule exams with the CEA Test Center, as most test accommodations can be facilitated in online environment.
    • Students can identify their own distraction-reduced testing environment and instructors can program extended time in Blackboard.
    • The ReadSpeaker (RS) App in Blackboard includes text-to-speech and magnification and is currently available to all students. No downloads necessary.
  • ProctorU Exams: 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.

Please visit FAQ - Students for common questions regarding online accommodated exams. For other concerns please contact the CEA Test Center.