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Final Examinations: Reassessments and Rereads

Final Examinations: Reassessments and Rereads

In accordance with the Charter of Students' Rights, and subject to its stated conditions, you have the right to consult any written submission for which you have received a grade. You also have the right to discuss this submission with the examiner. If you want to have a formal final examination reread, you must apply in writing to your Student Affairs Office (the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and in the Schulich School of Music), or Service Point if you are a student in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science. You should check with that office regarding application deadlines for formal rereads.

Reassessments and Rereads: Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.)

Reassessments and Rereads: Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A .& Sc.)

There are two recognized types of impartial reviews, i.e., reassessments or rereads:

  • reassessment of coursework (term papers, mid-terms, assignments, quizzes, etc.);
  • reread of a final exam.

In both cases, rather than recorrect the work and then grade it as they would have done themselves, reviewers assess the appropriateness of the original grade based, for example, on the application of the grading key to the student's work. If a grade is deemed unfair, it is changed, whether the new grade is higher or lower than the original, i.e., the reviewer's grade takes precedence over the original grade.

Reassessment of Coursework

Reassessment of Coursework

These reassessments are administered and conducted solely by the units involved according to procedures specified by the units and made available to staff and students. Requests for such reassessments must be made within 10 working days after the graded material(s) has been made available for students to view. Reassessments should normally be completed within 20 working days of the request.

Rereads of Final Examinations

Rereads of Final Examinations

These rereads are administered by Service Point, but conducted by the units involved. You must make a request to Service Point by March 31 for courses in the Fall term, and by September 30 for courses in the Winter or Summer terms (these deadlines are strictly enforced and no requests will be accepted once they have passed). You are assessed a fee of $35 for such rereads. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that you consult with the instructor of the course before requesting a reread of a final exam.

Reassessments and rereads in courses not in the Faculties of Arts and Science are subject to the deadlines, rules, and regulations of the relevant faculty.

Rereads: Faculty of Engineering

Rereads: Faculty of Engineering

You can request a formal reread of a final examination once you have discussed it with your instructor. You must complete a Request for a Reread of a Final Exam form and submit it to the Student Affairs Office, Engineering Student Centre.

The following regulations apply:
  • You may request rereads for only one course per term, unless you obtain permission from the Student Affairs Office, Engineering Student Centre.
  • Grades may be either raised or lowered as the result of a reread.
  • A $35 fee for each reread will be assessed directly to your McGill account if the result remains the same or is lowered. If the grade is raised, there is no charge.

Reread application deadlines:

  • Fall courses: March 31
  • Winter courses: July 31
  • Summer courses: November 30

Non-Engineering courses: Rereads in courses not in the Faculty of Engineering are subject to the deadlines, rules, and regulations of the relevant faculty.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2011-2012 (last updated Feb. 3, 2012) (disclaimer)