Online Quizzes, Tests and Exams: Info for Students
How does the process work?
Instructors notify SAS of the dates of online quizzes, tests and exams. Using this information, SAS follows up with them about a week before the class is scheduled to write the assessment.
When we follow up, we notify instructors of all students who require time-based accommodations for quizzes, tests and exams.
We also make these lists available to CourseLink Support in case there is a technical problem.
How do I check on the status of my accommodations?
Check the course outline and course announcements on CourseLink to see if the instructor has provided students instructions for accommodations. Some instructors require students to email them directly. It is important to follow the instructions they provide.
Look at the instructions for your quiz, test or exam. Confirm that it will be timed and that there isn’t already additional time built into them. Many profs are following Universal Design and extra time is already included. For some quizzes, students have unlimited time.
For a quiz in CourseLink:
- Click on the Quizzes tab in the navigation bar
- Click on the name of the assessment from the quiz list
- Read the instructions. If extra time has been applied, it will be reflected in the "Time allowed" field.
Sometimes extra time is not added until an automated process runs the night before the quiz.
For a drop-box submission:
- If it is a timed assessment (usually up to an hour or two), the submission deadline may have been modified for you.
- If you have all day or several days, and need accommodation, please speak to your SAS Advisor.
For all other software platforms:
- Look for instructions from the professor.
What should I do if my extra time-based accommodation has not been added?
If an approved accommodation is not available to you at the time that you go to write the test or exam, get help before you start writing.
For CourseLink quizzes, contact CourseLink Technical Support if your extra time is not available when it is time to write the test or exam.
For other accommodation issues or if you are planning in advance, please email your instructor and copy your SAS Advisor to ask about arrangements. Make sure you have checked that the professor has not given other instructions first.
Extra 15 or 30 minutes
Occasionally students get a specific number of additional minutes regardless of the length of the test (usually 15 or 30 minutes). This is only applied automatically to quizzes, tests and exams when the class is given 30 minutes or more. If you need these extra minutes for shorter assessments, please contact your SAS advisor.
Finishing by 10 PM
The academic day finishes at 10 pm. If you have a test or exam where your accommodations would extend past this time, you may be able to start a little bit earlier. For CourseLink quizzes, this should be reflected in the "quiz period" when your accommodations are set up.
Respondus Monitor uses your webcam as a way to invigilate your exam. If you have a quiz, test or exam that uses this technology, and it creates a disability-related barrier, please speak with your SAS Advisor.
Respondus LockdownBrowser is software on your computer that prevents other programs from interfering while you are writing your exam. Instructors may use only one or both Respondus tools with CourseLink quizzes.
If your instructor provides a sample quiz, it is important to complete this ahead of time to ensure there are no technical problems with your computer set-up.
When using Respondus, you must complete the entire set-up process and be working on the first question before the end of the "quiz period". Otherwise you will be locked out of the assessment.
Will things be different post-COVID?
Yes. When we return to campus in future semesters, there will be different procedures to write in the Exam Centre. You will have to book a seat in order to write in our centre. There are booking deadlines. This is to ensure we have time to acquire a copy of the test or exam, find an appropriate seat, and schedule staff to invigilate. More information will be provided in the future.