Extra time on exams


  • It is the responsibility of the department and/or faculty member to provide testing accommodations recommended by DSP. Faculty members should contact their department to find out what resources are available for administering these accommodations. Based on the availability of these resources, faculty members should clearly communicate to the student any needs for advance notification. It is still the responsibility of the student, however, to make request/s in a timely manner.
  • If the faculty member and department are unable to provide the necessary testing accommodations, the student may schedule testing at DSP. This process will require a Request for Proctoring Services form. For specific details, guidelines, and deadlines please refer to the Request for Proctoring Services form.

PLEASE NOTE: Proctoring for students requiring time and a half only is provided by faculty and/or the academic department.


For exams requiring more than time and a half:

  • A request form must be delivered in person by the student prior to the deadline indicated on the form.
  • Students will receive confirmation receipts for their requests. The receipt should be brought by the student to DSP on the day of testing. This receipt will help resolve any potential scheduling errors.
  • Students are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to the exam to allow for setup. When an exam needs to be delivered by the student it is the student’s responsibility to arrange a start time that allows for timely transportation to DSP.
  • Photo ID (Student Identification Card/Driver’s License/Passport/Military ID) should be ready when arriving at DSP.
  • Students are responsible for bringing professor approved materials such as calculators, scantrons, blue-books, open notes, open books, formula sheets, etc., unless otherwise stated and arranged.
  • All other materials (backpacks, notebooks, cell phones) not approved for testing must be kept away from the testing area. For testing at the DSP office, there is a shelf designed for storing these types of materials. DSP will not be monitoring this though and will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.


For classes with Pop Quizzes, this possibility should be discussed by the Student and Professor or authorized TA. Should the student want to take these Pop Quizzes with DSP:

  • Student should fill out the top portion of the Request for Proctoring Services form and give to the Professor or authorized TA.
  • The Professor or authorized TA can then use this form, or copies of it, to fill out the bottom portion. In the additional instructions “POP QUIZ” should be clearly written.
  • This form, now completed, can be delivered to DSP by the Professor or authorized TA. This will be the only instance where the student is not required to turn in the form. The same deadlines listed on the form, however, will still apply.
  • DSP will schedule the Pop Quiz and the student will not be notified.



To uphold the academic integrity of every exam, the following requirements must be upheld and enforced. There are no exceptions.

  • Testing times are scheduled based on the agreement made between student and professor or authorized TA. This is not a flexible time that can be changed without required notice. Our schedule requires timely arrival and departure. Students are expected to arrive on time.
  • Testing will not be allowed without permission from the Professor or authorized TA in the event that a student arrives more than 15 minutes late.
  • Late arrival time may also be counted against the total scheduled time.
  • If a student arrives more than 15 minutes late, without prior notification, the student may also risk losing the scheduled time altogether.
  • DSP is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations in a timely manner. Noncompliance on the part of the student with the above stated guidelines and with other DSP guidelines and procedures may result in delays in or denial of the provision of accommodations.


There are three methods for a test to be delivered to DSP and three methods for a test to leave. Every test that arrives at and leaves DSP requires a signature.


  • Professor/TA delivery: Any authorized staff member (office assistants, teacher assistants, professors, etc.) will deliver the test to DSP.
  • Professor/TA email: The test will be delivered to DSP via exams@usc.edu and after the day of testing the email with the test will be deleted.
  • Student delivery: The test will be placed in a sealed envelope so that it can be picked up and delivered to DSP by the student. When this method of delivery is chosen please plan for the time that it will take for students to transport themselves to DSP.


  • Professor/TA pickup: Any authorized staff member (office assistants, teacher assistants, professors, etc.) will pickup the test from DSP.
  • Student return: The professor or authorized TA will indicate a location on the Request form. The student will sign for the sealed test from DSP and return it to the established location.
  • DSP return (please allow 48 hours).


  • Changes that alter the time or day for a test must be received one week prior to testing and will require a Rescheduling form. Exceptions will only be made with good reason and will be based on the availability of space.
  • If the day of the originally scheduled test has already passed then it is too late to turn in a Reschedule form. In this instance, a new Request for Proctoring Service must be made. It is important for DSP to be notified when exams are cancelled and/or rescheduled.
  • For all other changes to the test that will not alter the time or day, we will require three business days. Such changes include the need for audio/video devices and specific software.
  • Changes in how the test is delivered and returned can be made up until the time of the exam.


  • For testing that will include and/or require graphs, charts, diagrams, illustrations, internet access, audio/video components, musical excerpts, or any other special requirement, this requirement must be clearly illustrated in the Request Form and/or be included within the exam. For instance, should there be Powerpoint slides needed for testing, DSP recommends they be printed out and included with the test along with any necessary instructions. DSP has a very limited access to internet ready computers, thus, the need for internet must clearly be detailed in the request.


  • If your student requires a listening comprehension section and the faculty member will not be able to administer the exam then DSP recommends the listening passage be recorded onto either a CD or audio file. The student will then be able to listen to the section in a comparable way to other students in the course.


  • By testing with DSP a student promises that work will be conducted with complete academic honesty with the aim to provide appropriate respect and concern for the test and testing accommodations provided. If expected to deliver the exam to DSP and/or return the completed exam to the professor, the student promises to do so in a timely and academically honest manner. Any failures to comply with these standards will be directed to the professor and to Judicial Affairs.


  • Should there be any difficulties or questions, please contact DSP immediately for assistance. Exam Staff can be reached by phoning 213-740-0776 or by emailing exams@usc.edu