Two test types

AUL has been performing accessibility tests since early 2014, and our experience has lead us to focus on two types of work which we can do best and where we can provide the most value to the university, quick tests and in-depth tests:

  • A quick test is performed by a single accessibility professional, usually with a single screen reader. It lacks the thoroughness of an in-depth test and is designed to help the site or application manager identify areas of concern regarding digital accessibility early on in the development or procurement process. The results of such a review should not be used as conclusive evidence nor shared with external audiences.

    • Turnaround time: two or three days, or one or two weeks for larger projects.

  • An in-depth test involves testing by both blind and low-vision testers on one or more platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android) with a variety of screen readers and magnifiers (please see the next section for details). Once testing is complete, the lab provides an in-depth report documenting the findings and relating them to the WCAG 2.0 standard.

    • Turnaround time: several weeks, but can be several months for particularly large projects (for example, Google Apps for Education or Canvas). also vary based on the length of our testing queue and availability of our student testers.

To request testing with AUL, please contact us at You can also review the usual workflow between the lab and the client before contacting us so you have a good idea of what to expect.

Six test platforms

The AUL staff includes blind and low vision testers who use screen readers and magnification tools. The lab has the capacity to test on six different hardware platforms and a variety of assistive technology tools:

  • Windows desktop (Windows 10)
    JAWS, NVDA, Windows Magnifier

  • Mac desktop (macOS 10.13 High Sierra)
    VoiceOver, zoom magnifier

  • iOS tablet (iOS 12)
    VoiceOver, built-in accessibility tools

  • iOS phone (iOS 12)
    VoiceOver, built-in accessibility tools

  • Android tablet (Android 6)
    TalkBack, built-in accessibility tools

  • Android phone (Android 7, Android 9)
    TalkBack, built-in accessibility tools