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Prospective and Current Graduate Students

Welcome to Eastern Illinois University and congratulations on making the decision to continue on to a graduate degree. Similar to an undergraduate degree, the Office of Student Disability Services at Eastern Illinois University continues to be a support service available for individuals with disability needs at the graduate level.

When deciding to go to graduate school or while attending, you may have questions. The Graduate School website provides information for both prospective and current students. You will also find contact information for the Graduate School. Click here to visit our Graduate School website.

The admission process at Eastern Illinois University is a two-part process for graduate studies. Click here to learn about the admissions process and online application.

When applying for graduate studies, many programs require different forms of assessments. In order to better support preparation for these assessments, the following links and explanations have been provided. The links are organized based on the different assessments required.

 

Frequently asked questions:

  • What is the process for receiving accommodations through OSDS? Click here
  • What types of testing accommodations are available? Click here
  • Are there specific guidelines for required documentation when seeking accommodations? Click here
  • ETS requires certification for documentation when applying for accommodations on the GRE and TOEFL. Will the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) complete this portion of the application? Click here
  • Where can I find information on the ACT? Click here
  • Where can I find help in preparation for teacher certification assessment needs? Click here

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  • What is the process for receiving accommodations through OSDS?
    • Accommodation Letters Procedures
      • Current students must come into the office to pick up a new letter every semester either before or during the first week of classes.
      • Teachers must be given a minimum of one week to prepare for testing accommodations when possible.
      • Letters are printed in the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) as students request them. Students may call ahead to have them ready only if they plan to pick them up that day.
      • Students are given an original printed copy for their records and one copy for each of their instructors.
      • Students must meet with instructors during office hours to discuss accommodations; if they have a time conflict, they must make an appointment to meet with the instructor at a different time. DO NOT JUST HAND THEM YOUR LETTER.
      • Students should complete the chart entitled “Accommodation Arrangements by Class" and keep it for their records. Click here to view this chart in Microsoft Word.
      • If a student has followed the above steps and is not being accommodated, they need to contact OSDS right away.
      • If students are experiencing difficulty and would like to have additional accommodations considered, they should contact OSDS.
      • Students should let OSDS know if they have issues or concerns as they happen. This can help prevent more difficult issues from occurring.
      • Students with interim accommodations (you will be told if you have interim accommodations) receive a letter with an INTERIM stamp on it. These are only good for one semester while you are getting documentation for OSDS.

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  • ETS requires certification for documentation when applying for accommodations on the GRE and TOEFL. Will the Office of Student Disability Services (OSDS) complete this portion of the application?
    • No, when applying for accommodations for any formal testing, we do not provide services in completion of the applications. Educational Testing Service (ETS) requires a very high standard to what they approve for accommodations. OSDS follows the criteria set by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). The criteria set by AHEAD is not the same as ETS standards. Due to our office not working directly with ETS, we are unable to assure that our accommodation recommendations meet their standards. ETS allows students to submit their applications for accommodations without approval from the Office of Student Disability Services.

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