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Alternate exam formats and additional exam times are the most common accommodations.

A survey of postsecondary institutions in 1996-97 and 1997-98 indicated that 98% of institutions that enrolled students with disabilities provided at least one support service or accommodation to a student with a disability. The most frequent accommodations provided were:

  • Alternate exam formats or additional exam time (88%).
  • Tutors to assist with ongoing coursework (77%).
  • Readers, classroom notetakers, or scribes (69%).
  • Registration assistance or priority registration (62%).
  • Adaptive equipment or technology (58%).
  • Textbooks on tape (55%).
  • Sign language interpreters (45%).
  • Course substitutions or waivers (42%).

(Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. [1999]. An institutional perspective on students with disabilities in postsecondary education. Washington DC: US Department of Education.)