Assessment & Set-up

Apply for Accessibility Services eligibility (Visit: How to Apply and Accessibility Services contact page. You can also download the verification form.)

To find out more about how accommodations are assessed, view the Accessibility Services Needs Assessment page.

According to the VOA and other documents you submitted upon registration with Accessibility Services, we will identify reasonable academic exam accommodations related to your identified needs and course assessment requirements. Some exam accommodations may differ from course to course. It is important for you to review your exam accommodations prior to requesting/writing an exam.

In short, the review of accommodations considers.

  • Provided details on previous exam accommodations received
  • Identification of how the accommodations were of assistance to you
  • Information from medical or assessment documentation
  • Accessibility Services will work cooperatively to identify what reasonable accommodations will be recommended while maintaining academic standards

Accessibility Services will forward confirmation to you of your approved accommodations. You may request to revise your accommodations at any time by setting up an appointment with an Accessibility services advisor.

Prior to scheduling an examination, you will be required to locate an invigilation location at which you will write examinations. In order to locate an invigilation location:

  • Identify the designated Athabasca University Invigilation Sites are in your community (Visit the Office of the Registrar's Exam Invigilation Network page);
  • Contact the invigilation site and discuss the accommodations that have been approved for your examination. Ask if they can provide for your accommodation requirements and determine costs for the invigilation of the examination
  • Alternative invigilation locations may be considered if you are unable to locate an invigilator able to accommodate your approved examination accommodations.

If an alternate invigilation site is required, please review the Athabasca University Calendar Invigilator Guidelines regarding what is required in order for an individual or location to be approved as an invigilator for Athabasca University examinations. Alternate invigilators may be:

  • Contact educational sites (schools, learning assistance centres), libraries, professional organizations, or counselling agencies.
  • Ask if they could invigilate exams and discuss your approved accommodations
  • Contact upon locating a potential alternate invigilator and note in your subject line “Alternate Invigilation Location”.

When you have located an invigilation location and have received confirmation of your approved examination accommodations, you may request your examination as per the instructions provided on the Accessibility Services Scheduling Examinations web page. A letter that confirms your approved examination accommodations will be forwarded to the invigilator with your examination.

All students should also review the regulations regarding writing examinations and scheduling procedures included in the AU Calendar at Examinations and Grades.