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Examinations: General Information

Examinations: General Information

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

In addition to the University Student Assessment Policy (available on the Secretariat website) and the general examination regulations listed at mcgill.ca/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 add/drop period.

As per the McGill Language policy, every student has a right to write 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 in person or online 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. For an in person examination or test, you must submit all written work to the invigilator or instructor before leaving.

As per the exam regulations, you must have your valid McGill student ID card with you to write an in person examination. If you have lost your McGill ID, please provide a government issued ID with your full name written on it. Verification of your ID will be made at the time of your exam.

As per the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, Article 17, 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, smart watches, and other web-access devices. Unauthorized items used during an exam will be reported 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 17 of the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

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

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

Note for Engineering Students: You should also refer to the Engineering website for more information at mcgill.ca/engineering/students/undergraduate/courses-registration/exams-assessment.
Note for Law Students: You should also refer to the Law website for more information at mcgill.ca/law-studies/courses/exams.
Note for Continuing Studies Students: You should consult the academic sections of this publication for particular regulations.

Examination Accommodations for Students registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

Examination Accommodations for Students registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

Students registered with the OSD with an active accommodation plan may register for accommodations for all tests, quizzes, exams, and finals. For more information see:mcgill.ca/osd/student-resources/forms/exam-sign.

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—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 16, 2021) (disclaimer)
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