COVID-19 information and resources
Douglas College wordmark
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo Snapchat logo YouTube logo Wordpress logo


Your Accessibility Specialist will work with you and your instructors to create and follow an accommodation plan. The picture below shows the steps in the planning process.

  Common accommodations help with barriers to
  • Exams 
  • Reading
  • Assignments

Exam Accommodations

Exam accommodations are changes in when, where, or how you complete an exam. These accommodations also apply to quizzes, tests, and mid-terms.

Some examples of exam accommodations are:

  • Extra time to complete an exam
  • Writing in a room where visual and auditory distractions are reduced
  • Using technology such as read aloud or dictation software

You can talk to your Accessibility Specialist about what exam accommodations might work for you and your courses.

Arranging Exam Accommodations

  • If exam accommodations are included in your accommodation plan, you will need to work with your instructor and/or Accessibility Services to make sure arrangements are in place for each quiz, test, or exam.
  • If you are writing your exams with Accessibility Services, a completed Request for Exam Invigilation Form must be received at at least 5 week days before your exam date.
  • If you have questions about how to arrange your exam accommodations, please contact your Accessibility Specialist or email

Please note: To complete these forms you will need to save the document and open it Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To save the document onto your own computer and complete:

  1. Right-click on the link
  2. Choose "Save As..."
  3. Select where you want the document to be saved
  4. Click "Save"
  5. Open the document from your computer and fill it out. 

Preparing for Exam Day

  • If there are any concerns about the date, time, or details of the exam, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Plan to arrive early.
  • Bring your Douglas College student ID card.
  • Bring any materials you need to write your exam (pens, pencils, erasers, etc.)
  • If you want to bring food and drink into the exam room, please check with the Exam Facilitator before the exam.
  • We will give you a lock and locker to store your bag, jacket, phone, etc.
  • Cell phones, smart watches, and other electronic devices are not allowed in the exam room.
  • Try to avoid wearing perfumes, cologne, and strong scents.

On Exam Day

  • Let us know if you anticipate being late. We will follow your instructor’s guidelines for late arrivals.
  • If you need a washroom break during your exam, the Exam Facilitator will walk with you to closest washroom.
  • If you become ill during the exam, notify your Exam Facilitator.
  • If there is a fire alarm or other emergency notification during your exam, follow your Exam Facilitator’s directions.