Low Distraction Setting vs Private Room

Low distraction setting

This exam setting is designed for students who may struggle with events that occur in a normal exam setting.  These events include other students getting up to leave the exam space, ambient sounds, or the sounds of other student writing, coughing, or shifting in their seats.  Low distraction settings should minimize these kinds of difficulties and attempt to minimize or eliminate other possible distractions (eg. copier, fax machine, answering of telephones, loud hallways during passing periods.)

Private room

This exam setting is most commonly used for individuals with specific needs that could prove a distraction to other students in the exam room.  This may include, but is not limited to, the use of assistive technology such as a speech-to-text program, the need for an interpreter or scribe, or a disability-related need to get up and move around during the course of testing.