Bb Mailbag: Accommodations vs Exceptions


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Q:  How do I give a student an exception/accommodation for an exam?

A:  Exceptions are different from accommodations you set in the course roster. An accommodation applies to all due dates or time limits in your course for an individual student. An exception applies to a specific test or assignment and allows you to give a student additional attempts or time to access an assessment. Exceptions aren’t allowed for due dates and time limits at this time.

How to set up an Exception

To make an exception for a student for a specific exam, go to the assessment submissions page with the list of students > click the three dots (…) to the right of their name > select Edit Settings > change the “Show on,” “Hide after,” or “Attempts Allowed” settings.  Video tutorial: 

How to set up an Accommodation

To set up an accommodation for a student that applies to all due dates or time limits within a course, go to the class roster in the course > click the three dots (…) to the right of the student’s name > select Accommodations > allow due date or time limit accommodations as necessary. Video tutorial: 


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