Final examinations

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Fall 2022 in-person exams

Guidelines are subject to change based on recommendations set by the local public health department. Last updated: May 12, 2022.

If you are writing an in-person exam, you must follow the listed protocols below. For in-person exams for online courses, see details on the Centre for Extended Learning website.

If this is the first time you are writing in-person final exams, review the Student Success Office's guide of expectations and tips.

Before you come to campus

  • Plan to arrive no sooner than 20 minutes prior to the start of the exam. Any students arriving more than one hour after the start of the exam will not be admitted in the room.
  • Don't forget your photo identification (WatCard). It must be shown at the exam.
  • Leave personal belongings and unnecessary items at home. Only bring what is absolutely needed for the exam.
  • Practice physical distancing at all times (before, during, and after each final exam).

When arriving to your exam location

  • You may choose to record your presence via Campus Check-In.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Wait outside the room or building, while practicing physical distancing, until your instructor or proctor opens the doors for entry.
  • Find and sit only in your assigned seat (if applicable).
  • Writing in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC):
    • Access to the PAC for exam purposes is limited to the South and West entrances on Ring Road. The SLC/PAC Main entrance is reserved for students using PAC facilities, and the North entrance will be locked.
    • Exterior PAC doors will remain locked until 15 minutes prior to the start time of each exam; dress according to the weather and maintain physical distancing while waiting for entry.
    • PAC washroom access is limited to the two closest facilities at the South and West entrances.
    • PAC layout

During the exam

  • Have only authorized exam materials on your desk.
    • Turn off and put away all electronics.
    • Put away all study materials.
  • You are prohibited from consuming food and drinks (with the exception of water in a clear bottle with no label).
  • If you need a break to use a washroom, eat, or for a religious observance, you must be accompanied by a Proctor, while practicing physical distancing.
    • If a single short break will not be sufficient because you are medically required to consume food or drinks regularly during a final exam, you must register for special accommodations with AccessAbility Services and must submit appropriate documentation from a recognized professional at least three weeks prior to the start of the final examination period.
  • You must remain in the exam room for at least one hour.
  • Once you have completed your exam, turn your exam paper over and quietly leave the room.
  • You must leave the room and building immediately at the end of the exam.

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