Presentation: Magnifying/Amplification Devices

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Students who have difficulty seeing may use magnifying devices to read directions and test items. There are a variety of magnification tools, in any case, the student should use the one with which he or she is most comfortable.

Some students may require amplification equipment as well as a hearing aid. For example, a teacher may use an amplification system to give large-group instructions.


  1. Check to see what devices students need and make sure they are in excellent working order on the day of the test.
  2. If the adult who is proctoring the test is unfamiliar with the use of a particular tool, allow ample time for training.


Students who use magnification devices may tire more easily than other students. If this is the case for a particular student, it may be necessary to extend the time period or provide additional breaks.

Excerpted from Assessment Accommodations Toolkit.

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