ADHD and Extra Time for Testing


"I have a letter from my college's disabilities office asking that I be given extra time for tests, but I've always have trouble talking to teachers. How should I bring it up with them?"


Set up an appointment with each professor during office hours (you may not have privacy after class), and bring along your letter. Start by letting the professor know that you want to do well in his or her class. Explain that extended time for tests has been approved for you as an accommodation, and that this accommodation will help you accomplish this goal.

Not all educators are sympathetic to their students' special needs. But since your accommodation has been approved by the disabilities office, the teacher is obliged to honor it. If your professor fails to provide extra time on tests, report him or her to the disabilities office.

I recently completed my master's degree, and, lo and behold, I had to take my own advice and ask for extra time to complete my thesis. I was nervous about it, but, in the end, it was no big deal.

Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.

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