Testing Accommodations

You must first register with Disability Services (DS) in order for DS to determine your eligibility for this accommodation. Refer to the registration page for further information.   

In some cases, students with disabilities are eligible for accommodations related to the administration of examinations.  Testing accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities impact their ability to complete exams under standard conditions in the classroom.

Typical testing accommodations may include but are not limited to:

  • Extended time to complete the exam
  • A smaller proctored environment to take the exam
  • Use of a computer to type the exam
  • Alternate format (e.g. exams in large print)
  • Use of noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs
  • Permission to have water and food in the exam room (medical necessity)

The testing accommodations indicated above modify, in a specific manner, the way an exam is administered to the student.  However, the intent of testing accommodations is not to alter the performance requirements or lessen course standards; rather, their purpose is to ensure access to the testing setting for students whose disability-related needs warrant modifications.

Students approved for testing accommodations must follow standard procedures for accessing this accommodation each semester.  Please note there are exceptions to these standard procedures for certain undergraduate courses. The standard procedures are as follows:  

Undergraduate students:

  • Request your accommodation letters via the online form
  • Your accommodation letter will be emailed to you 2-5 business days after you have made your request
  • Have your professors sign your accommodation letters
  • Return the signed accommodation letters to DS in order to access this accommodation
  • Submit your Request Test Accommodation forms.  This request form is known as the Testing Accommodation Request Form (TARF) and must be submitted at least three weeks in advance of any upcoming exam date. For final exams, the TARF is generally due six weeks in advance.
  • Submit your Request Quiz Accommodations forms. This request form is known as the Quiz Accommodation Request Form (QARF) and must be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the first quiz. All quiz dates should be indicated on one QARF.

Exceptions for Standard Procedures

The Disability Services office works closely with academic departments to facilitate access to your testing accommodations. As such, accommodations letters or signed testing form may not be needed for some courses.

Master TARFs

A Master TARF means:

  • The Instructor Section of the TARF has already been completed.
  • The Instructor section of the TARF does NOT need to be completed or signed by the professor.
  • The student MUST complete the Student Section of the TARF and submit to Disability Services.
  • Copies of Master TARFs are available in the Disability Services office for the following courses ONLY:

Accommodation Letter:

In addition to the MASTER TARF, Accommodation letters are not needed for the following courses. As such, accommodation letters do not need to be signed by the professors for these courses nor the staff in the respective department.

Columbia General and Organic Chemistry (I and II) exams and quizzes:

COURSE

CODE

SECTION

PROFESSOR

MASTER TARF

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1-LECTURES

UN1403

SEC 001

Gerard F Parkin

Prof. Parkin Midterm

Prof. Parkin Final

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1-LECTURES

UN1403

SEC 002

Ann E McDermott

Prof. McDermott Midtern

Prof. McDermott Final

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1-LECTURES

UN1403

SEC 003

Ruben M Savizky

Prof. Savizky Midterm

Prof. Savizky Final

GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1-LECTURES

UN1403

SEC 004

Robert Beer

Prof. Beer Midterm

Prof. Beer Final

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1- LECTURES

UN2443

SEC 001

Tristian Lambert

Prof. Lambert Midterm

Prof. Lambert Final

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1- LECTURES

UN2443

SEC 002

Karen E Phillips

Prof. Phillips Midterm

Prof. Phillips Final

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1- LECTURES

UN2443

SEC 003

Charles E Jr Doubleday

Prof. Doubleday Midterm

Prof. Doubleday Final

COLUMBIA CHEMISTRY and ORGANIC (I and II) quizzes

 

All sections

  

Columbia Chemistry Labs

COURSECODESECTIONPROFESSORMASTER TARF

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1

UN2495

SEC 001

Danielle F Sedbrook

Prof. Sedbrook Sec 001 Midterm

Prof. Sedbrook Sec 001 Final
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1UN2495SEC 003Danielle F SedbrookProf. Sedbrook Sec 003 Midterm

Prof. Sedbrook Sec 003 Final

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1

UN2495

SEC 002

Anna Ghurbanyan

Prof. Ghurbanyan Sec 002 Midterm

Prof. Ghurbanyan Sec 002 Final
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1UN2495SEC 004Anna GhurbanyanProf. Ghurbanyan Sec 004 Midterm

Prof. Ghurbanyan Sec 004 Final

GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB (Midterm and finals only)

UN1500

SEC 001, 002, 003, 004

Joseph Ulichny

 

Columbia Physics Lecture Courses

COURSE

CODE

SECTION

PROFESSOR

GENERAL PHYSICS 1

UN1201

SEC 001

Michael H Shaevitz

GENERAL PHYSICS 1

UN1201

SEC 002

Bradley R Johnson

GENERAL PHYSICS 1

UN1201

SEC 003

Cory Dean

INTRO TO MECHANICS & THERMO

UN1401

SEC 001

William A Zajc

INTRO TO MECHANICS & THERMO

UN1401

SEC 002

Gabriel E Perez-Giz

GENERAL PHYSICS- LECTURES

UN1403

SEC 001

Rachel A Rosen

PHYSICS 1:MECHANICS/RELATIVITY

UN1601

SEC 001

Thomas B Humensky

SPECIAL RELATIVITY

UN2001

SEC 001

Brian Greene

PHYSICS III:CLASS/QUANTUM WAVE

UN2601

SEC 001

Jeremy R Dodd

ACCELERATED PHYSICS 1

UN2801

SEC 001

Brian Cole

ELECTRICITY-MAGNETISM

UN3007

SEC 001

Abhay N Pasupathy

MATHEMATICL METHODS OF PHYSICS

GU4019

SEC 001

Brian Metzger

QUANTUM MECHANICS I

GU4021

SEC 001

Emlyn W Hughes

THERMAL & STATISTICAL PHYSICS

GU4023

SEC 001

Frederik Denef

APPLIED QUANTUM MECHANICS

GU4024

SEC 001

Sebastian Will

Columbia Biology

COURSE

CODE

SECTION

PROFESSOR

MASTER TARF

DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

UN3022

UG 4022

SEC 001

Alice Heicklen

Prof. Heicklen Midterm

Prof. Heicklen Final

INTRO BIO I: BIOCHEM,GEN, MOLEC

UN2005

SEC 001 and 002

Deborah Mowshowitz/ Chasin

Prof. D Mowshowitz Midterm

Prof. D Mowshowitz Final

CONTEMPORARY BIOLOGY I

UN 2401

SEC001

Deborah Mowshowitz/ Chasin

Prof. D Mowshowitz Midterm

Prof. D Mowshowitz Final
CELLULAR and MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY

UN 3073

UN 4073

SEC 001Dr. Solomon MowshowitzProf. S Mowshowitz Midterm

Prof. S Mowshowitz Final
GENERAL PHYSIOLOGYUN 3006SEC 001Dr. Mary PriceProf. Price Midterm

Prof. Price Final

Accommodation Letter Exceptions:

While Master TARFs are available for the following courses below, Accommodation letters are needed and MUST be signed by the professors/course/section leader for the following courses:

COURSE

CODE

SECTION

PROFESSOR

FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE

CC1000

SEC 001

Accommdation Letter only to be signed by section leader/not the professor

As a reminder, the time frame for submission of Master TARFs is the same as all other TARFs and should be submitted to the DS office at least 3 weeks in advance of the exam date.

For the following courses, your professor will be providing you with the accommodations which you are eligible to receive. This means you do not need to submit a Testing Form for these exams nor report to Disability Services. Your professor has been provided with a list of your accommodations. To receive accommodations for this exam, please contact your professor.

* Intro Organismal/Evol Bio-BC BIOL 1500- (Paul Hertz)

Graduate students:

  • Contact your Graduate Liaison at the start of the semester
  • DS Graduate Liaisons generally require at least 1-2 weeks of advance notice in order to coordinate testing accommodations 
 

FAQs

I am registered with Disability Services, how do I coordinate my exams with accommodations?

Students must submit a complete Testing Accommodation Request Form at least two weeks in advance in order to take an exam with accommodations at Disability Services. This form must be completed and signed by your professor in order to complete your request to take your exam at Disability Services.

Do I need to submit a TARF/form for every exam?

Yes. Students must submit a TARF for each exam they wish to have DS administer with accommodations.

Students taking certain Chemistry and Biology exams submit a TARF with only the Student Section completed – the professor does not complete the Instructor Section. Instructor Section is not required for Columbia General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry or Contemporary Biology courses.

Where will my exam be held?

Exams are administered in various locations on campus. Students must check in at the DS office in person at least 15 minutes before the start of his/her exam. At that time, DS staff will direct the student to the exam location.

What do I do if I have a conflict with another class because of my extended time accommodation?

First, students should speak with their professors to arrange alternate dates or times for their exams. If a student is unable to reschedule a conflicting exam, the student should notify DS at dsexams@columbia.edu with exam conflicts. DS staff will make an effort to coordinate alternate exam times with professors and other staff.

What if I miss an exam because I am sick?

If student informs DS prior to exam that s/he is unable to take exam due to illness, the student must contact professor to ask for permission to reschedule exam. Students should be aware that the professor’s make up/missed exam policy may apply. If permission is granted, DS will coordinate an alternate exam date and time as per the professor’s instructions.

If a student informs DS during an exam that s/he cannot continue due to illness, DS will contact the professor to ask how and if DS is able to reschedule the exam. DS may not be permitted to reschedule the exam, and students should consider the professor’s make up/missed exam policy when deciding if he/she is well enough to complete the exam.

I am taking a class at Barnard, what do I do for those exams?

Columbia students taking classes at Barnard should follow the same instructions for scheduling an exam with Columbia by filling out and submitting a TARF with the DS office at least two weeks in advance of the exam. DS will coordinate administering the exam with the appropriate accommodations.

My exam has a listening or visual component to it, how do DS manage these exams?

In cases where there is a listening or visual component to the exam that you will require DS to administer, please provide instructions as to how this portion will be administered to the class during the exam. DS will provide appropriate accommodations based on the professor’s instructions.

Art Exams - additional time is needed to configure any slide shows. As such, please send your exam at least 2-3 business days in advance.

Language Exams - if your exam has a listening component, we recommend scheduling a separate time to administer this section to the student. Alternatively, you may provide a pre-recorded file, or create a recording at our office (Suite 108-A, Wien Hall).

Music Exams - please send audio files in mp3 or WAV format, or drop off a CD with the selections at our office (Suite 108-A, Wien Hall).

I am already registered with DS, how do I arrange accommodations for an exam?

Graduate students should communicate with the appropriate Graduate Liaison to arrange exam accommodations at least one week in advance.

Last updated November 10, 2017