Synchronous final exams are strongly discouraged at this time. You should review the Fall 2020 midterm and final exam scheduling principles when making decisions about your assessments for Fall, and please consider one of the following options:

Speak to your department chair and/or associate dean for direction if none of the above is an option for your class. For support with alternative assessment strategies, please email

Vist our Tools and Technologies page for information about tools to help assess student learning.

Synchronous online examinations are not recommended at this time. Waterloo students are located in different time zones, might have intermittent Internet access, and/or might be relying on smartphone and data plans, resulting in a highly stressful testing situation. If you must administer an online final exam, provide a minimum 24-hour window for completion so that students can write the exam at a time that is feasible for them.

If you have concerns about academic integrity, consider creating multiple versions of your final examination, have students sign an academic integrity agreement prior to taking the exams, and/or lower the weight of the exam.

Please note that you are still responsible to provide academic accommodations for students with disabilities.

Examinations and assessments can be timed or untimed.

University Policies and Guidelines

Exam alternatives can be due during the last 5 days of the formal lecture period if they are worth no more than 25% of the final grade.

Alternatives can also be due during the exam period, but cannot be due during the period between the end of the lectures and the start of the exams. See University Policies, Guidelines, and Academic Regulations for complete details.

Remote Online Proctoring

We are currently reviewing two remote online proctoring platforms, ProctorTrack and ProctorU for situations requiring supervision. Remote proctoring will NOT be available in unlimited or large volumes, and priority will be given to required exams or other situations where there are no viable alternatives, so we encourage you to consider it only as a last resort.

ProctorTrack was selected by eCampusOntario as the platform the Provincial government and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities would license for Ontario universities and colleges to use at no charge. The agreement covers limited use of their Level 3 Service: Quality Assured. This is suitable for final exams, and features AI-reviewed video results that are further analyzed using a human QA review process, resulting in highly accurate reports. The turnaround is 48 hours for instructor review. Each institution must submit a request to eCampusOntario indicating the number of exam seats they wish to use each semester. The number of seats is limited and will be apportioned equitably across all institutions. CEL will coordinate this request with the Associate Deans. ProctorTrack is currently being reviewed for privacy considerations.

ProctorU is a pay-per-use system.This is a recorded option that allows for an instructor or TA to also watch live (but not intervene). The student and their computer screen are recorded and the AI system reviews and flags potential incidents which can be emailed to designated people in real-time. Videos are also available immediately. This solution is not paid for by the government, but limited seats can be covered by the CEL or faculty exam budget. ProctorU has been reviewed for privacy and security considerations, and is now undergoing a technical review and LEARN integration.

    Waterloo Resources 

    External alternatives to in-person proctored exams.