Alternative Format Text

Some students require alternative format text in order to make use of adaptive technologies. In order to make this possible, instructors may be contacted regarding a digital copy of exams, or for information about assigned readings. 

Tests and Exams

When a student requires adaptive technology for a test or exam, SAS will provide notice of the need for a digital copy at least three days ahead of when the class is scheduled to write. Typically an RTF (rich text format) or MS Word version is the preferred format. Note that PDF documents can present a number of difficulties for adaptive tecnology.

If your exam involves mathematical notations and an electronic version is required, we may be able to accept a PDF version depending on which software the student is using.  The preferred format will be specified in our request for a copy of the exam.  Please contact us to discuss options if you run into difficulties.

Assigned Readings

Library Accessibility Services has an Alternative Format Text Service, which helps students to access textbooks and other academic materials in accessible formats.  For example, this may include braille, audio transcription, or digitized versions for screen readers.

Note that it can take 4 to 6 weeks to acquire some alternate format text. As a result, faculty members may be contacted well before the semester begins to ask for assistance in identifying the materials needed for an upcoming course.