Testing Accommodations

In-Person Proctored Exams No Longer Offered

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and the subsequent move to online instruction, Disability Services will not be proctoring any in-person exams for the Fall 2020 semester. Thus submitting a TARF for your exams is no longer necessary. If you are eligible for testing accommodations during timed exams, including extended time and/or stop-the-clock rest breaks, your professors will be informed. We also strongly recommend that you contact your professor in advance of your next exam/quiz to confirm the arrangements are in place.  

If you have any questions, please be in touch with our office immediately at dsexams@columbia.edu. Thank you and stay safe!

Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations related to the administration of examinations. Testing accommodations are provided for students whose disabilities impact their ability to complete exams under standard conditions in the classroom.

Students must register with Disability Services so staff can determine eligibility for this accommodation

Courses that do not require professor signatures

Disability Services works closely with departments below to facilitate access to testing accommodations. For these courses:

  • Disability Services will provide each faculty indicated below with a list of DS registered students and their approved exam accommodations. 
  • The Instructor will arrange for these accommodations for timed, virtual exams for all students eligible for exam accommodations. 
  • Students are encouraged to confirm the specific arrangements with their faculty at least one week prior to the exam date. 
  • Accommodation letters are not needed for these courses. 

Please check back on September 18th for a list of Fall 2020 Master TARF Courses.

General and Organic Chemistry (I and II) Exams and Quizzes

Physics Lecture Courses

Spanish Courses

Other Courses

Take Home Exams

The following professors have indicated that their exams span 1+ day. Generally, extended time accommodations do not apply to take-home exams, but if you believe you need accommodations for this exam, please email disability@columbia.edu immediately with information salient to your need for an extended deadline. Please provide at least 72 hours’ notice so we can work with your coordinator to make a determination and time to arrange with your professor.

  • Contact the appropriate graduate liaison at the start of the semester.
  • Disability Services graduate liaisons generally require at least one to two weeks of advance notice to coordinate testing accommodations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Speak with professors to arrange alternate dates or times for exams. If a student is unable to reschedule a conflicting exam, the student should notify Disability Services at dsexams@columbia.edu, and staff will make an effort to coordinate alternate exam times.

Students must inform Disability Services prior to an exam that they will be unable to take it due to illness; student must also contact professors to ask for permission to reschedule an exam. Students should be aware that the professor’s make up/missed exam policy may apply. If permission is granted, Disability Services will coordinate an alternate exam date and time per the professor’s instructions.

If a student informs Disability Services during an exam that they cannot continue due to illness, Disability Services will contact the professor to ask whether it is permissible to reschedule the exam. Disability Services may not be permitted to reschedule the exam, and students should consider the professor’s make up/missed exam policy when deciding if they are well enough to complete the exam.

Students taking classes at Barnard should follow the same instructions for scheduling an exam with Columbia by filling out and submitting a TARF with Disability Services at least two weeks in advance of the exam. Disability Services will coordinate administering the exam with the appropriate accommodations.