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Tests and exams

Test and examination accommodations are the most frequently used service of students registered with Student Accessibility Services. 

Students must book all tests, midterms or quizzes at least seven business days in advance. Final exams must be booked by the deadline set by the test centre. The sign-up deadline is typically 14 days prior to the start of the examination period. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed if you submit your request after this deadline. You will write your tests and exams on the same campus location as you take your class.

Examinations at the university's downtown Oshawa location take place at 61 Charles Street, second floor, Room 225. At the north Oshawa location you will use the Test Centre in the Gordon Willey Building, Room B219.

Tests and exams accommodated through either location are scheduled at the same time as the rest of the class and are subject to the same policies and code of behaviour. You may be required to start earlier than class time if your accommodation is for additional time. Bring your valid university photo identification to every test and exam.

Check your course syllabus and confirm test and exam dates with your instructor early in the term.

Be sure to check your UOITnet email account regularly because this is the way the test centres and your instructors will communicate with you.


Start and end times

The Student Accessibility Services offices normally close at 4:30 p.m. When evening exams are scheduled later, the test centres will stay open until 10 p.m. If your accommodation is for extra time, you may be required to start earlier than the rest of your class so that your end time is no later than 10 p.m.

Under UOIT policy, you may not enter the test centre after the rest of the class has been writing for one hour. Likewise, you may not leave the test centre until one hour after the rest of the class has started to write. For example, if the regularly scheduled start time is 7 p.m., you may enter the exam room only until 8 p.m. and you may not leave until 8 p.m.

If you are late arriving for your exam and are still within the one-hour rule, you will be permitted to write; however no additional time will be given.


What if I need to change an exam?

Usually, you will have an exam conflict for one of three reasons:

  • Exam schedules are in direct conflict with psychoeducational recommendations - for example, having no more than one exam in 24 hours.
  • Multiple final exams are scheduled in the same 24 hours.
  • Two exams overlap because of time extensions.

If the conflict is directly related to your disability, notify your disability advisor well before the exam booking deadline. She will help you complete the necessary steps to appropriately shift, defer or reschedule the exam. Advisors have no authority to approve changes (this must come from the faculty) but they will be able to help facilitate the process for you.

Conflicts for personal (non-disability) reasons are not accommodated by the university.


Exam integrity

It is good practice to read over the entire exam before you begin to answer, so that you are prepared with any questions if the faculty member drops in. If you have questions for your instructor during a test or exam, advise the invigilator and we will make every effort to contact your instructor. Invigilators are not permitted to interpret exam questions unless this is your accommodation.

Students are encouraged to be familiar with UOIT's Undergraduate Academic Calendar, Section 5.5.1 - Academic Misconduct, and Section 5.24 - Final Examination Policy.  

The same code of conduct applies to the Student Accessibility Services test centre as to any other classroom or exam room. Disrespectful, dishonest and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated. Students are subject to the same disciplinary procedures and sanctions as described in the UOIT Academic Calendar. 


Illness

  • If you are ill on the day of a test or exam, you must obtain a medical note dated the day of exam, from the Campus Health Centre or from your physician. Inform your instructor and Student Accessibility Services of your illness by email.
  • If you become ill during the exam, advise the invigilator. If you are unsure about your health before the exam, do not open the exam envelope. Alternative arrangements will be made.
  • Students are responsible for following university procedures regarding rescheduling missed exams. See UOIT’s Undergraduate Academic Calendar, Section 5.24.1.5 - Deferral.

Please note: The process for signing up for tests or exams is similar. If you are familiar with how to do this, you can go directly to the test sign-up area. If you are a new user, you may want to download and view or print the sign-up instructions for tests or the sign-up instructions for exams.

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