Additional Time for Quizzes/Tests/Exams

Including additional time on quizzes/tests/exams allows all students to read questions over more carefully, evaluate their answers more thoroughly, complete the assessment with less anxiety related to time, and can provide a better reflection of their content knowledge. Wherever possible, applying UDL guidelines to course quizzes/tests/exams can provide a supportive evaluation environment for all students. Please know, proactively including additional time does not have to mean for all quizzes, tests, and exams. Faculty can determine which of these assessments would be best suited to additional time. 

Additional time for testing is one of the widest used disability related accommodations at Mohawk College, as it supports a wide-range of disability types and needs. While students registered with Accessible Learning Services may continue to book tests in the Testing Centre for other disability related, testing accommodations, proactively adding additional time to quizzes/tests/exams can reduce time and effort of arranging additional time accommodations for both faculty and students.  

Sometimes the content being assessed must be done so in a specific amount of time (for example because of a clearly defined and articulated industry standard or demonstrating knowledge within a specified time is an explicit learning outcome of a course). However, when this is not the case or when a specific disability related accommodation is required, educators may wish to proactively extend quiz/test/exam times to ensure all students have the time they need to fully show what they know without the additional barrier of limited time.

As the most common additional time accommodations are typically 50% to 100%. To ensure as many students are supported as possible, and to limit additional effort, the recommendation would be to add 100% additional time to quizzes/tests/exams when possible. Ideally, when suitable, unlimited time can be offered. Once the appropriate additional time has been determined, it is essential that students be informed that this has been done. Letting students know that additional time has already been added to their quizzes/tests/exams is essential. Review the Implementation section below for a statement that can be modified to meet the course assessment.


To implement: 

  1. Determine where additional time can be proactively added to the quizzes, tests, and/or exams in the course.
  2. Determine the appropriate length of time for the assessment(s).
  3. Add 100% additional time, or unlimited time where appropriate, to the quiz/test/exam.   

Modify the bold text below and provide the following statement anywhere quiz/test/exam information has been provided (for example, on the course learning plan, the online course overview page, etc.).

Additional Time for Online Course Quizzes/Tests/Exams

The quizzes/tests/exams in this course have been designed using Universal Design for Learning guidelines and (give the percentage) additional time has already been added to each quiz/test/exam in support of all students. 

Please note, the statement above can be modified further if unlimited time is offered.