RULES FOR FINAL EXAMS
- If you have an exam conflict, report the conflict. A conflict occurs when you have two exams scheduled at the same time or you have three consecutive exams. The deadline to report a conflict is November 16, 2023.
- If you cannot write an exam at the scheduled time due to a religious observance, report the conflict by November 16, 2023.
BE ON TIME
- For in-person exams: Arrive at the exam room early. Doors open 15 minutes before the start of the exam. If you are late, speak with the exam facilitator in the exam room as soon as you arrive. They will be able to discuss your options with you or may be able to help you avoid submitting a petition. They will also be able to confirm if you have enough time to write the exam or if you have to defer the exam.
- For online exams: Make sure you are logged in at least 15 minutes before the start of your exam. If you are running late, contact your instructor immediately after logging in.
For in-person exams:
- Bring your TCard, pens and pencils (no pencil cases can be on the desk), a clear water bottle with no labels, and any aids allowed by the instructor.
- Cell phones and smartwatches are considered unauthorized aids and are not allowed during exams. Turning off your cell phone and smartwatch during exams is not enough. Make sure that you put them away. If you are caught with a cell phone or smartwatch on you, even if they are turned off, it may be considered an academic offence.
- Place your coat or jacket on the back of your chair.
- With the exception of pens, pencils, clear water bottles and authorized aids, place all of your belongings into your bag. Place your bag under your chair and don’t touch it during the exam.
Note: In addition to your TCard, the following photo identification are also permitted:
- Up-to-date Passport (any country)
- Current Driver’s License (any country)
- Current Canadian health card (any province or territory)
For online exams:
- Follow your instructor’s guidelines about the permitted items during your exam. Some instructors may permit calculators, textbooks and cheat sheets, while others may not. During the exam, access only the materials and websites which are permitted. Accessing any resources that are not permitted could be considered an academic offence.
- Turn off your cell phone and smart devices (watches and tablets).
- Close any unnecessary tabs on your screen. Don’t access any websites or chats that the instructor has not explicitly permitted.
DURING THE EXAM
For in-person exams:
- Follow the exam facilitator’s instructions – they’ll tell you when to start and stop.
- If you have any questions during the exam, raise your hand and wait for the exam facilitator.
- If you have to go to the washroom, raise your hand and wait for the exam facilitator.
- If you complete your exam early, raise your hand and stay in your seat until the exam facilitator collects your exam. If you complete your exam in the last 15 minutes of the allotted writing time, stay in your seat until all the exams have been collected.
- Focus on your own exam and do not communicate with anyone else except the exam facilitators.
For online exams:
- Follow the instructor instructions – they’ll tell you when to start and stop.
- If you have any questions during the assessment, contact your instructor.
- If you have to go to the washroom during an online exam, let your instructor know or follow any other instructions provided by the instructor.
- Focus on your own test and do not communicate with anyone else except the instructor.
- Do not message anyone else during your exam.
FEELING ILL DURING THE EXAM
- If you feel ill during the exam and have to leave, make sure to let the exam facilitator or instructor know before leaving the room or sign off your computer. They will ask you to sign a form and will explain the next steps to you. You may file a petition to rewrite your exam. For a petition, you will need to submit supporting documentation including the U of T Verification of Student Illness or Injury form (VOI).
- If you are experiencing a medical emergency and cannot make it to an in-person exam, or you are feeling too sick to write your exam, you can submit a petition to defer your exam. By submitting a petition, you will be considered to write your exam at a later date.
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