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School of Continuing Studies Exam Regulations

Most courses have formal exams. Exams may be written in English or French, except where knowledge of the language is an objective of the course.

Please note:

  • If you have any health issues that prevent you from writing your exam as scheduled, you must obtain a signed and dated note from a physician.
  • Cheating, or any other breach of University exam regulations, is a serious offence and may lead to expulsion from the University.
  • Any data gathered by the Exam Security Monitoring Program may be used as admissible evidence of cheating (Section 16 of the Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures Code).

University Regulations Concerning Final Examinations


  • The objectives of these regulations are to:
  • protect students from excessive workloads use the full 15-week term to maximum advantage


These regulations shall apply to undergraduate courses up to and including the 500 level that are evaluated by the use of written examinations. They shall not apply to clinical, field, laboratory, performance, and seminar courses, or to other courses that are evaluated solely by means of a design, paper, program or project.

Note for Continuing Studies: Regulation 1 also applies to graduate-level courses.

Written examinations (including take-home examinations) shall not be held during the last two weeks of scheduled classes during the Fall and Winter terms, except where a pattern of continuous evaluation has been established, in which case the total value of examinations given in this period shall comprise no more than 10% of the final mark.

If the written examinations in a course constitute 50% or more of the final mark, one of these shall be given as a final written examination; and it shall take place during the examination period after the last day of scheduled lectures in December or April.

A final examination given during the examination period shall be worth at least 25% of the final mark.

Students shall be informed of all course requirements by the end of the course change period. All term work shall be assigned early enough in the term for students to complete the assignment(s) by the last day of class.

The due date for term work in courses to which these regulations apply shall be no later than the last day of classes.

In courses that span the Fall and Winter terms (course pairs with numbers ending D1 and D2), instructors who wish to give a mid-year examination in December must schedule it in the formal examination period.

The principles enunciated in these regulations shall be applied, appropriately modified, to courses given during the summer, to other courses of less than a 13-week duration, and to courses in the Faculties of Law, Medicine, Dentistry, and Education that do not follow the normal University Timetable.

For additional regulations for other McGill faculties, please see the University Regulations and Resources site.

Instructors are not permitted to grant any special treatment regarding examinations to any student. Students who believe there are circumstances which might justify making special examination arrangements for them or which might legitimately be taken into account in evaluating their performance should apply to the Director of the department.

It is the responsibility of the student to confirm the date, time and place of the examination by checking examination schedules posted on the School’s website. This information is not available by telephone. No student will be allowed to enter an examination later than one half hour after it has started.

Materials allowed in examinations

Make sure you check with your instructor to see what materials (e.g., dictionaries, calculators, etc.) you are allowed to use during your exam.

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