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Examinations: General Information

Revision, February 2012. Start of revision.

Note: The University Exam Regulations governed by the University Student Assessment Policy are available at www.mcgill.ca/students/exams/regulations.

In addition to the University Student Assessment Policy and the general examination regulations listed at www.mcgill.ca/students/exams/regulations, you should also consult the faculty sections of this publication for particular regulations. You will be informed of the evaluation method used in each course by the end of the Course Change period.

Every student has a right to write term papers, examinations and theses in English or in French, except in courses where knowledge of a language is one of the objectives of the course.

You are not permitted to write an examination in any course unless you have fulfilled the requirements of the course to the satisfaction of the instructor and your Associate Dean or Director. Once you have presented yourself for an examination or test, you must submit all written work to the invigilator before leaving.

You must have your valid McGill student ID card with you to write an examination. Forgetfulness is not an acceptable excuse.

You are reminded that cheating in any examination is considered a serious offence that could lead to expulsion from the University. Students are not permitted to have in their possession, or to use, any unauthorized materials during an examination. This includes electronic devices such as cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, PDAs, and other web-access devices. Unauthorized items found on the student or desk area during an exam will be confiscated and turned over to the Disciplinary Officer.

Responses on multiple-choice examinations are normally checked by the Exam Security Computer Monitoring Program. The program detects pairs of students with unusually similar answer patterns on multiple-choice examinations. Data generated by the program can be used as admissible evidence either to initiate or corroborate an investigation or a charge of cheating under Section 16 of the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

All students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the University Student Assessment Policy and the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (available at www.mcgill.ca/students/exams/regulations).

You can find information about issues related to academic integrity at www.mcgill.ca/students/srr/honest.

Note for Engineering Students: You should also refer to the Engineering website for more information at www.mcgill.ca/engineering/student/sao/policies/examinations/examination.
Note for Law Students: You should also refer to the Law website for more information at www.mcgill.ca/law-studies/information/exams.
Note for Continuing Studies Students: You should consult the academic sections of this publication for particular regulations.

Revision, February 2012. End of revision.

Class Tests

Class Tests

Members of the teaching staff may give interim class tests from time to time.

Special Examination Facilities for the Disabled

Special Examination Facilities for the Disabled

If you have a permanent or temporary disability, consult the Coordinator, Office for Students with Disabilities, about the possibility of arranging special examination facilities. For more information, see: www.mcgill.ca/osd.

Credit by Examination

Credit by Examination

In certain exceptional cases and in certain faculties, you can apply to the Associate Dean or Director to write a final examination in order to obtain credit in a course that you were not registered in. This is possible only in those courses where there is no other assessment except the final examination.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Feb. 6, 2012) (disclaimer)