Disability Services

Testing Students with Disabilities

Issuing an Online Exam

Tests that are issued to students online need to provide the same accommodations that are offered to students for exams given in class. If a student is eligible for extended time on a exam given in class that needs to be offered with the online exam as well. Directions on how to extend time for students on timed assignments or exams is listed below. If the application you are using is not listed below, information on how to extend times can be obtained from the technical support provided by the manufacturer.

Additionally all online content issued by a public university must be accessible to all students with disabilities in the same manner as students without disabilities. For most online programs like ALEKS or MyMathLab there is no access for blind students or students that need text to speech. Mandatory use of these modules can present potential legal problems for Cleveland State. Therefore courses that use these tools they need to be advertised and courses that do not require these tools must be available as well. For guidance on accessibility of online course content please consult the Center for E-Learning or the Office of Disability Services.

Extending Exam Times on Blackboard Learn

Extending time in Blackboard learn is done by making a copy of the Assessment that your students will be taking and setting the time to the regular time plus the extension of one-half or double. A comprehensive set of directions can be found on Arkansas State University’s Setting up an Exam with Extended Time article. Another article is made available on The Center for e-learning’s website at http://askelearning.csuohio.edu/kb/?View=entry&EntryID=293.

If you need further assistance you can contact E-Learning at x3960.

Pearson My Lab Modules

MyMathLab or MyStatLab exams can be extended by going to the Change Assignment Settings for Individual Students section of the Lesson 7 Change Assignment Settings PDF. This was pulled from the help.pearsoncmg.com website. MyITLab has directions on How-To Extend Time on an Assignment for a Particular Student.


The directions to Extend Time for Assignments on ALECS is similar to the process for extend time for exams. For assistance contact ALECS support at http://support.aleks.com.