Alternative Testing


DRS staff are available year-round by email, phone, and appointment. In person testing services are available when classes are in session, and closed during quarter breaks and holidays.

During the quarter, students may login to myDRS to schedule their alternative test time at DRS during these hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:45 am – 5:15 pm
  • Friday: 8:45 am – 3:45 pm

The office is open for walk-in service during these hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Testing FAQ’s


How can I take my tests with DRS?

  • After registering each quarter, login to myDRS to activate your accommodations and send your Faculty Notification Letters.
  • Meet with your professors during the first week of classes to plan your testing schedule; if you are unable to test at the regular class time due to a scheduling conflict with another class, agree with your professor on an alternative time.
  • After your professor completes the online Testing Agreement, login to myDRS and click on the “Alternative Testing” link in the left side column navigation menu to schedule your individual appointments.
  • On test day, check in at the DRS Testing Center 15 minutes before your appointment start time.

How will I receive my extended time for online tests?

  • Your professors will extend time for your online exams if you use myDRS to activate your alternative testing accommodation in their class.
  • If you are unable to test at the regular class time due to a scheduling conflict with another class, work with your professor to agree on an alternative time.
  • You do not need to schedule test time in the DRS Alternative Testing Center.


How do I use the DRS Alternative Testing Center?

  • A Faculty Notification Letter will be sent to your UW email address with a list of your student’s academic accommodations once your student has activated their accommodations for your class.
  • Look for the direct link to the Alternative Testing Agreement for that class section in the red box at the end of that email; or, login to your myDRS Faculty Portal and click on the “Alternative Testing” link in the left-side column navigation menu.
  • After you complete and submit the online agreement form, all students in that class section will be able to schedule their testing appointments for the entire quarter.
  • An agreement is ONLY required if you need DRS staff to administer exams on your behalf in the DRS Testing Center; if your class has no timed, in-person tests or quizzes.
  • If you will administer your own exams (e.g., remotely, for labs, or in your office/department), simply select this option near the top of the agreement form, you do not need to complete all the questions to provide details.
  • If your class does not have timed, in-person assessments, select this option from the drop-down menu near the top of the agreement form; or reply to this email with course subject/number/section, and we’ll update the class record.

How do extended time and breaks for exams work in an online format?

  • If your student has extra time on exams, your online exam must be extended per their accommodation.
  • If your student has breaks during exams, add in their total break time to their exam, if there is no way for the student to stop and start.