Quiz/Test and Midterm Accommodations

Students who are eligible for exam accommodations must sign up to take their final exams with the OSD

  • Undergraduates/Graduate students: Use the exam sign-up form. All exam accommodation requests must be submitted prior to the deadline. The deadline for each semester will be indicated on the sign-up form, and is generally one month before the start of the final exam period.
  • Continuing Studies students: Fill out the Continuing Studies exam request form. For final exams, this form must be submitted 4 weeks prior to the date of your exam.
  • UGME (Undergraduate Medical Education) students: Use the UGME student exam sign-up form. All exam accommodation requests must be submitted 14 days before the date of your exam.

What if I am a student at Mac Campus?

Mac campus students complete the same exam sign-up form as those at the Downtown campus. When completing the form, make sure to select “Macdonald campus” when asked “Is this exam being written downtown or at Macdonald campus?”. A copy of your exam sign-up form is sent to the Student Services Administrative Coordinator at Centennial Center who then coordinates the details of accommodated exams at Mac campus. For questions specific to taking your exam at Mac campus, contact osd.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca. All exam accommodation requests must be submitted 14 days before the date of your exam.

What if I am writing a take home exam?

Students who are eligible for exam accommodations with the OSD, who have been assigned a take-home exam:

  • If the class has been given LESS THAN 48 hours to complete the take home, time-based exam accommodations apply
  • If the class has been given EQUAL TO OR MORE THAN 48 hours to complete the take home exam, no additional time-based accommodation is applied

Sign up for take-home exams using the online exam sign-up form, making sure to tick the box “take home exam”. All exam accommodation requests must be submitted 14 days before the date of your exam. Prior to your exam date, an email will then be sent from the OSD Exam Center to your professor indicating your time-based accommodations. Students are expected to follow up with the professor if additional information is required.

What if my professor assigns pop quizzes?

If you are eligible for exam accommodations and your professor is planning on assigning pop quizzes for your course, please notify the exams.osd [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Pop%20Quiz%20Notification) (Exam Centre) via email before the end of the add/drop period at the beginning of each semester. The Exam Centre will coordinate directly with your professor and you will be informed of how your quizzes will be handled.

Accommodations for pop quizzes need to be determined on a case-by-case basis in collaboration with your professor, and the OSD can support you with navigating that conversation.

How do I use stop watch breaks?

Stop watch breaks is an exam accommodation that may be assigned by an OSD Advisor in order to address a student’s documented, disability-related barriers. The intention of the stop watch accommodation is to provide students with short, supervised breaks during their exam, that does not count towards the exam writing time. These breaks are intended to provide students with time to address barriers they may experience during the exam (e.g. specific medical needs, or self-regulation strategies). A few notes about this accommodation:

  • Stop watch breaks are supervised, and a student does not have access to their exam materials during this time.
  • Stop watch time is a maximum of 30 minutes CUMULATIVE.
  • Stop watch time taken before the end of the official exam time gets ADDED to the exam end time. Stop watch time taken after the official end time acts as a “PAUSE”, and the students have the same time remaining on the exam as they did before they took a break.
  • During online assessments, students that have the stop watch time accommodation for online quizzes, tests and exams will be entitled to an accommodation of 30 minutes of additional time for all assessments that are more than 1 hour in duration. Students are entitled to 10 minutes of additional time for assessments of a duration of 31 to 60 minutes, and 5 minutes of additional time for assessments of a duration of 30 minutes or less. Please be reminded that the intention of the stop watch accommodation is to provide students with the possibility to take short breaks during their exam, that do not count towards the assessment duration.
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