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Cueing Sheet

Some students with disabilities are permitted, as an academic accommodation, to bring and use a cueing sheet during tests, midterms and exams. This is a rarely used accommodation that appears on the student's letter of accommodation as: Permission to bring and use a cueing sheet, as pre-approved by the instructor.  

What is this accommodation used for?

Permission to use a cueing sheet as an accommodation is intended to help students whose disabilities impact on their ability to retrieve information that they have already learned. 

Who receives this accommodation?

Students seeking this accommodation must provide documented evidence of an impairment in their ability to retrieve information or material that has already been learned.  These impairments are most often seen in students with head injuries, some learning disabilities, or other medical conditions.  Evidence of such impairments is usually obtained via psycho-educational or neuropsychological testing.

How does this accommodation work?

  • Students prepare the cueing sheet and submit it to the course instructor for approval at least 10 business days* in advance of the exam/test/midterm
  • Instructors are not responsible for creating the cueing sheet
  • In-Class tests, exams, midterms - Instructor signs the cueing sheet, which the student then the original signed version to the exam
  • Final Exams (administered by the Exams Office) - Instructor sends the approved cueing sheet to the Exams Office, along with the exam.  The cueing sheet will be presented to the student along with the exam in the exam venue

*For Spring, Summer and/or other condensed terms or courses, the student and professor are expected to negotiate an appropriate and reasonable timeline for review of the cue sheet in time for scheduled tests, midterms, or exams.

Features of a Cueing Sheet

  • Double sided, 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper (handwritten or typed); 12 pt font or larger
  • Written in English (unless course appropriate)
  • Provides cues ("triggers") that the student has developed from the course material to assist in the recall of previously learned information
  • Can include acronyms, pictures, acrostics, visual chains, mnemonics, mind maps, diagrams, or other symbols 
  • Can be organized in a variety of ways, including chronologically, by modules, themes, chapters, theories, and applications
  • Only makes sense to the student, typically would not be useful to other students in the course, and includes only information the student cannot recall

A Cueing Sheet is not:

  • a substitute for studying or exemption from mastering course material
  • answers to exam or test questions, a study or answer sheet
  • full course notes, copies of course slides
  • lists of fact, details, or concepts

In protecting and preserving academic integrity, instructors are within their right to disallow a cueing sheet should it represent a clear academic advantage for the student or if the instructor has not been given sufficient advance notice to review in time for the test or exam.  A cueing sheet can also be disallowed in testing situations where it is clearly stated that rote memory is being assessed (e.g., evaluating students' recall of certain isolated terms or facts).

Examples of cueing sheets:  Example 1 (PDF, 48KB) and Example 2 (PDF, 72KB).

Students and Instructors are encouraged to contact QSAS
with any questions or concerns about the use of cueing sheets as an accommodation.