Rules governing exams are listed in the Academic Calendar.
COVID-19 Health & Safety
Your health and safety are a top priority. Exams will follow similar health and safety procedures as those for in-person classes. You will not be required to show proof of vaccination to write an exam. There will be hand sanitizer stations and additional masks available at all exam locations. Tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized on a nightly basis, and disinfectant wipes will also be available at all exam locations.
All exam locations meet Dalhousie’s classroom criteria for air exchange rates and volume of fresh air per person. Visit the Covid-19 information and updates page for more details on Dalhousie’s health and safety plan.
Exams may be in-person or online. Two types of online exams may be scheduled:
- Synchronous exams: All students write the final exam at the same time and in a fixed window of time. For example, all students would write a 2-hour exam on April 10 from 8:30-10:30am Atlantic Standard Time.
- Fixed Range exams: The exam will be a fixed duration but students can choose when to start writing the exam over a specified period of time. For example, a 2-hour exam might be available at 8:30am Atlantic Standard Time on April 10 until 8:30am Atlantic Standard Time on April 11. You will decide when during that period of time to write the exam.
Exams will be scheduled in Atlantic Standard Time in one of four time blocks during the day:
Fixed Range exams will be scheduled using the start time of the exam. This is the time the exam will be released to students. This ensures that each student has, at a minimum, a 3-hour window in which to write the exam that is conflict-free and without more than two exams scheduled on that day. You may have more than two exams scheduled during the range of the exam; however, you will not have more than two exams scheduled on the day the fixed range is exam is released.
Instructors may also choose to deliver a take home exam, or to schedule their own exam during the final exam period, but will accommodate any conflicts between these exams and the exams scheduled by the Registrar’s Office.
You may have additional concerns regarding your exam schedule due to the variation of exams that will be scheduled. Please consult your home faculty to discuss and work through any concerns regarding conflicts or workload.
If you have concerns about your ability to write your exam in the manner laid out by your instructor, you are encouraged to read the Student Accommodation Policy and seek an accommodation, if necessary. The Student Accessibility Centre (Halifax Campus) and Student Success Centre (Agricultural Campus) are able to work with you on any accommodations you may need based on disability, religious obligation, or an experienced barrier related to any other characteristic protected under Canadian Human Rights legislation.
Personal coaching and workshops are available to help students with study skills. Check out the Studying for Success Program, offered through the Bissett Student Success Centre on the Halifax Campus and the Student Success Centre on the Truro Campus.