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General exam info

This section contains information about final, deferred, and supplemental examinations, as well as mark reassessment procedures. Choose from the tabs above or links below for suitable information.


Desks prepared for final exams. (Claudio Calligaris)

Deferred exams

Arts students who, for serious reasons such as illness or family affliction, have not written one or more examinations (including take-home examinations), may request permission from Service Point to defer the examination to the next Deferred and Supplemental Examination Period. Students apply through the Deferred Exam Module on the Student Record Menu on Minerva.

Students should be aware that deferred examinations are granted only for compelling reasons, verified and accepted by Service Point. Supporting documentation such as an appropriate medical report is required. Service Point must be informed as soon as possible after the examination of the reason for their absence from the examination.

If you are considering applying for a deferred exam, you should seek the advice of your Arts OASIS Faculty adviser beforehand. Your adviser can help you with decisions concerning whether it is best to request an exam deferral or late course withdrawal, what your course load should be for the next term, and so forth. We recommend you come in to the Arts OASIS counter (Dawson Hall, Room 110) for a drop-in advising session.

Students in Summer Session courses should check with Service Point on the availability and restrictions on deferred and supplementary examinations in such courses.

For information about the procedures, rules and regulations pertaining to deferred exams, please refer to the Exam Office website.

Final exams

Formal final examinations are held during an examination period following the term in which the course is given (fall and winter terms only). The dates of the examination periods are listed in Important Dates. In some courses there is no final examination; standing in these courses is determined on the basis of term work and class tests.

Students are warned not to make travel arrangements to leave Montreal prior to the scheduled end of any examination period.

For complete information about the rules and regulations pertaining to final exams, please refer to the Exam Office website.

Reassessment and rereads

  • Reassessments and rereads for Arts courses are subject to the deadlines, rules, and regulations outlined in the eCalendar (click on link above for details).
  • Arts students apply directly to the unit involved for reassessment of coursework.
  • Reassessments and rereads in courses not in the Faculty of Arts are subject to the deadlines, rules, and regulations of the relevant faculty.

Supplemental examinations

Students who wish to write supplemental examinations for certain courses must apply on Minerva through the Student Records Menu.

If you are considering applying for a supplemental exam, you should seek the advice of your Arts OASIS Faculty adviser beforehand. Your adviser can help you with decisions concerning whether it is best to apply for a supplemental exam, what your course load should be for the next term, and so forth. We recommend you come in to the Arts OASIS counter (Dawson Hall, Room 110) for a drop-in advising session.

For information about the procedures, rules and regulations pertaining to supplemental exams, please refer to the Exam Office website.