Reduced Distraction Testing Room

This room should have the following features: fewer sensory distractions than the usual testing environment, be away from others, and the student should have the option to start and end the test in the same room. There are two types of reduced distraction testing rooms – separate and individual.  Generally, most students qualify for a separate testing room (a place where they can test with fewer students), under rare circumstances, some students may qualify for an individual room (a place where they can test alone.)  Distraction free rooms do not exist, and students should be prepared for some noise and movement in any environment.  Responsibilities are as follows:


  • Provide a reduced distraction room at the department or schedule testing through the DSO.
  • For the student to use a reduced distraction testing room at the DSO, it may be necessary for the instructor to be flexible about when the student takes the test for various reasons such as DSO space or staff availability.  See Arranging Test Proctoring With The DSO


  • Meet with the instructor to determine whether the test will be at the academic department or at the DSO.
  • Schedule tests as early in the semester as possible to gaurantee availability.
  • Any test scheduling conflicts should be addressed with the instructor and resolved well in advance of the test. See Taking Exams With DSO


  • Provide a reduced distraction testing room when the student has made a reservation or contacted DSO to make a reservation and space is available.
  • When requested, provide earplugs or noise dampening headphones.