Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Disability Testing Guidelines

The Rock Valley College Testing Center: meeting the special needs of students

Alternative testing is an appropriate service for many students with special needs. This type of testing allows the student to accurately demonstrate his/her knowledge and achievement as opposed to measuring the impact of a particular disability.

Students who need accommodations must register with the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office and present current and complete documentation. For information on what documentation is required, contact the Disability Support Services Office at (815) 921-2371.

The Testing Center, located in the Student Center (SC) lower level, offers a variety of specialized testing services including: readers, scribes, distraction-free work areas, and assistive technology.

Providing testing services for students with special needs requires the careful scheduling of both our professional staff and our physical space. To that end, the following guidelines have been established.

General Guidelines

  • Tests are normally administered during the regularly scheduled class periods when other students are testing, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • Students are responsible for notifying their instructor(s) regarding the delivery of test(s) to the Testing Center.


Specific Guidelines

Students requiring "extended time" only for test completion may test during regular Testing Center hours:

Fall-Spring Hours
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open one Saturday of every month; please call.

Summer Hours
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Open one Saturday of every month; please call.

Students requiring the assistance of a testing specialist/assistant (to read, transcribe, etc.) OR requiring the use of a distraction-free work area must schedule an appointment to test.

  • Testing appointments are scheduled through the Testing Center at least three days in advance of a test (via phone, e-mail, or personal visit). Students should be prepared to indicate the test date, time, course name and instructor name.
  • Testing appointments should be confirmed at least 1 day prior to the test via phone, e-mail or personal visit to the Testing Center.


Contact Information

The Testing Center is located on the Student Center (SC) lower level.
Phone: (815) 921-2380
E-mail: rvc-testing-center@rockvalleycollege.edu