Exam Guidelines for Students

The Examinations and Timetabling department within the Office of the Registrar provides the following guidelines for students:

Exam dates, times, and locations

Your personal exam schedule can be found in Bear Tracks under the My Schedule & Exam tile; Final Exam Schedule page.

Scheduling conflicts

Questions concerning the examination schedule can be submitted to the Student Service Centre via the Student Service Portal (select "General Inquiry").

Other guidelines

Arrive on time

There will be no admission to examination rooms after the exam has been in progress for 30 minutes.

For exams in most venues, please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled start time of your exam. 

**Pavilion/Butterdome - please arrive 20 minutes prior.

If you are writing your exam in any of the following facilities, please take note:

North Campus

Universiade Pavilion
  • AKA the Butterdome
  • Enter and Exit using the upper entrance at the south end of the Van Vliet Complex
Main Gymnasium
  • Located on the second floor of the Van Vliet Complex
  • Enter and exit by the north doors
Education Gymnasium
Campus Saint-Jean

FSJ Gymnasium

Augustana Campus

*To locate other buildings on campus, please consult Campus Maps

Seating Arrangements

Where more than one examination is being written in the same room, the general seating arrangements are included in the exam schedule and should be noted.

Admission to the Examination

Students are expected to have in their possession suitable identification (student ONEcard) that they can produce for inspection by the invigilator when requested.

Plan Ahead

  1. Once you have taken a seat in the gym, you will not be allowed to leave until the exam is underway and 30 minutes have elapsed, so please visit the washroom prior to entering the gym.
  2. Avoid bringing extra items into the exam room if possible. If you do, please place your coat/jacket on the back of your chair and stow bags, backpacks, and any unauthorized materials and devices under your chair and do not access any of these items during the exam.
  3. All unauthorized electronic devices must be powered off and stored out of reach, so please ensure your cell phone is turned off once you enter the gym and stowed away when you take your seat.

Online Exams

Admission to the Examination: Students may use their virtual ONECard for identity validation. Other identification may be used at the discretion of the instructor.

For additional information regarding online exams, please refer to the following Student FAQs for Remote Delivery.


Absence from final examinations will be excused only in a case of illness or other extreme circumstance. A student who is ill or suffering from severe domestic affliction is advised not to sit for a final examination. See also What to do when you are sick (Students).

A student who has missed a final examination because of illness or domestic affliction or who is obliged to be absent from an examination for some other compelling reason (including religious convictions) may apply for a deferred examination.

Please see the Academic Regulations, Attendance section of the University Calendar regarding Missed Term Work and the Academic Regulations, Examinations (Exams), Deferred Final Exams section regarding Absence from Exams.