SDS Alternative Testing Program


The Alternative Testing Program (ATP) is a centralized testing support program for students and faculty that provides proctors, testing spaces, logistical planning, and communications for exam accommodations.

The program aims to:

  • Gauge the need and capacity for accommodated exam support of undergraduate and graduate-level courses that elect to participate in the ATP
  • Support faculty and course staff by centrally managing and administering exams for students that wish to utilize their SDS-approved exam accommodations
  • Ensure student exam accommodations are uniformly and individually fulfilled while maintaining high academic standards expected of all University students  
  • Develop and implement individualized exam accommodations for students requiring fulfillment of complex or multi-faceted accommodation needs

ATP works closely with faculty and course staff of the participating courses in order to centrally support students with exam accommodations by managing their accommodated exams and all related logistical and administrative responsibilities, including:

  • Room reservations/assignments
  • Timely & consistent communication with students regarding their accommodations, exam schedules, and academic exam conflict management
  • Reliable proctor support during exams by an SDS-trained pool of Cornell graduate students
  • Fulfilling the breadth of possible student exam accommodations, including extra time, private room testing requirements, evening exams, reduced distraction, accessible format exams, and any other applicable exam accommodations