The Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) administers the majority of examinations for online courses. Currently most exams are paper-based, and students are supervised when exams are written. Our students are located all over the world, and so we have options.

Confirm or make your exam arrangements 

Review the exam dates for online courses and confirm or make exam arrangements every term. The links below will help you determine what you need to do to make your arrangements.

  1. writing on the Waterloo campus (including with Accessibililty Services)
  2. writing at an exam centre (other than Waterloo)
  3. with an individual proctor

Exams for online courses are always held early in the examination period, and the exam dates are posted a year in advance on the Registrar's important dates page.

NOTE - Food and drink are not allowed in final exam rooms, with the exception of water in a clear bottle with no label. Please review Waterloo's final examination information for complete details.

Final examination accommodations

From time to time, students encounter extenuating circumstances such as significant illnesses, ongoing medical conditions, or religious observations that prevent them from meeting academic obligations. The University is committed to assisting students who experience these events.

If you need to reschedule an exam for an online course, read Waterloo's Academic Regulations Related to Assignments, Tests, and Final Exams Accommodations page for details, and then follow the instructions to request an alternate examination date.

AccessAbility Services provides services, support, and academic accommodations for students with disabilities, including extra time, alternate formats or aids for final exams. If you require their services for exam accommodations you must register with them and make new requests each term.


You must email us a completed Verification of Illness (VIF) form within 48 hours. The VIF form and instructions are located on the Campus Wellness website.

You can review the Waterloo Accommodations Policy for more details.

Students writing exams on-campus