Exam Expectations for Students
Booking Your Exam
- You are expected to know and follow the deadlines for exam booking. Accommodations are not guaranteed to students who submit booking forms after the posted deadline.
- A separate booking form for each midterm or test must be completed and submitted. Ensure all information is included; incomplete forms will not be processed. Keep all confirmation notices.
- Do not complete bookings for tests/exams scheduled to be written online. (See "Online Quizzes" below.)
- Inaccurate booking forms consume valuable ALC resources and could potentially breach academic integrity. Accommodations are not guaranteed to students who provide inaccurate information.
- Final exams can be booked at the start of term. Don't wait!
- Contact our office if you have an in-class test or midterm before the posted deadlines.
- Check the exam schedule in advance and just prior to writing the exam to ensure nothing has changed. If you discover a problem, contact our office immediately.
Contact your consultant about any needed exam changes that are the result of disability-related barriers (e.g. spacing of exams as indicated on your psych-ed assessment) so we can assist you with any questions or provide supporting documentation. Necessary changes/conflicts must be reported to your consultant by the booking deadline to ensure the appropriate amount of time is available to address the issue(s). Although consultants have no authority to approve changes (approval comes from the respective faculty), consultants will be able to facilitate this process with you.
If exam changes are needed due to issues unrelated to disability (e.g. religious celebrations), you must follow your faculty's petition process.
You are solely responsible to notify the ALC immediately by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Waterloo) or email@example.com (Brantford) with any announced changes to the date or time of a midterm, test or in-class essay. Failure to do so could result in your not receiving your accommodations.
Start and End Times
- If you are scheduled to write before the rest of your class begins the test, university policy requires that you stay in the room until 30 minutes after the class has started.
- If you arrive late to your exam (within 30 minutes), you will be permitted to write but you will not be granted additional time at the end of the exam. If your late arrival is beyond 30 minutes, you will not be permitted to write.
Both in-class and online courses sometimes use MyLearningSpace for online quizzes. If you receive extra time for tests/exams, it is your responsibility to let your consultant know about any online quizzes in your courses. To know if your time has been adjusted, check the time given in the title of the exam, which should include your additional time. For example, if the quiz is 60 minutes long and you receive an additional 20 minutes per hour, the time listed should be 80 minutes.
What to Bring to the Exam
- Photo identification, preferably your OneCard.
- Pens, pencils, erasers, calculator (if permitted), tissue and any item you may require while writing the exam. These materials are not provided by the ALC.
- No electronic or communication devices will be allowed in the examination room, including cellphones, BlackBerrys, iPods and USBs.
- The ALC takes exam security seriously and works actively to ensure academic integrity is maintained.
- If you have questions for your instructor during a test or exam, advise the proctor and every effort will be made to contact your instructor. Proctors are not permitted to answer or interpret exam questions.
- Students are expected to write their examinations in an honest and straightforward manner. Any irregularities will be documented and reported. Where there are reasonable grounds for believing a violation of exam protocol has occurred (e.g. notes found in a washroom), the candidate will be subject to disciplinary procedures and sanctions described in the university academic calendar.
Cancelling an Exam
If you will not be writing an exam that you have booked with us (e.g. you dropped the course, you are sick, or you decided to write with class), complete the online cancellation form at web.wlu.ca/alconline at least 48 hours in advance. Failure to write a booked exam without notifying the ALC may result in a $50 fine.
- If you are ill on the day of a test, midterm or final exam, you must obtain a medical note (dated the day of the exam) from Laurier's Wellness Centre or your family physician. Inform your instructor and your consultant that you will not be writing and cancel the exam online at web.wlu.ca/alconline.
- Should you become ill during an exam, inform the proctor. If you are unsure about your health before you begin an exam, do not open the exam envelope.
- Students are responsible for following university procedures regarding rescheduling missed exams.
Code of Conduct
You are expected to be respectful to the proctors and to the other students writing in the exam room. Disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated. Students are subject to disciplinary procedures and sanctions described in the university academic calendar.