Predicting the Extended Time Use of College Students With Disabilities

Laura M. Spenceley, Whitney L.M. Wood, Marisa Valentino, Lawrence J. Lewandowski

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This study investigated the extent to which standardized reading performance, individual perceptions of reading and test taking skills, and test anxiety predict the amount of extended time needed to equalize test access for college students with disabilities. Thirty-seven college students with a specific learning disorder (LD) and/or an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis who received university test accommodations were recruited to participate in this study, along with 37 controls. All participants individually completed standardized reading tests and rating scales, and a timed reading comprehension task in a group setting. Results indicated that participants receiving test accommodations utilized approximately 14% more time than control participants to complete the timed reading task. Regression analyses indicated that the differences in time required to complete the reading comprehension task were related to participants’ reading fluency and decoding, as well as perceptions of the strength of their reading and test taking skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-290
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychoeducational Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • extended time
  • reading ability
  • test accommodations
  • test anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Clinical Psychology
  • General Psychology


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