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Exams Information

Did you miss an exam? You have three days to contact your College and request a deferred exam. Read below for details.

Complete examination regulations are published on the University Secretary's website. College Regulations on Examinations are available in the college offices.

For further details, contact Student Central.

Exam Conflicts

The university will not accommodate a request to reschedule an exam because of personal reasons.   Part of the responsibility as a student of the University of Saskatchewan is to fulfill the obligation of attending classes right up to and including the examination.

Examination regulations state that final exams may be scheduled at any time during the examination period; students should therefore avoid making prior travel or other commitments for this period. 

The regulation on examinations states that no student writes more than 2 final examinations in a row. That means that one night exam must be included to have three or more exams in a row.  Examples of three exams in a row (24-hour period) would be:

  • 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. (all in the same day)
  • or 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. (the next day)
  • or 7:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. (the following day), and then 2:00 p.m.

Two exams at the same time is a valid conflict.  Two exams on one day does not constitute an exam conflict.  If you have a valid conflict, contact Student Central immediately at: askus@usask.ca

If you have a reason for changing the date of your exam, you may wish to contact your instructor with your request.  The instructor may choose to accommodate you at their discretion but is not obligated to do so.

Appeals

Undergraduate Appeals

If you have concerns with how your instructor marked an exam, essay or other work, you are encouraged to informally contact your instructors(s) responsible for the evaluation before seeking a review under formal procedures.  This informal consultation should take place as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the instructor makes the grades available to the students in the class.

Formal Re-assessment (re-read)

To initiate a formal re-assessment after the informal consultation with the instructor(s) has taken place and you remain unsatisfied, you should complete the Request for and Report of Re-assessment Form.  This request must be made within 30 days from the time you have had your informal assessment results.

Re-Read Fee

$20 To be paid directly to the department (or Dean’s Office in a non-departmentalized College)

The result of a re-reading procedure initiated by the re-assessment form is final; there is no further appeal.

Other Matters Relating to Academic Appeals

If, after the formal assessment, you still believe the academic outcome may have been affected by other factors, you may appeal the decision.  Please submit a written statement and a request for review to your dean or provost within 30 days from the date you were informed of the decision.  The dean or provost shall inform you and the original instructor in writing as to the outcome of the investigation. 

The University Level Appeal

The University level of appeal addresses issues that arise from alleged discriminatory treatment, harassment, or failure to follow university policy and procedures. The university level appeal should be made within 30 days from the date of the most recent appeal made by the student. The appeal form should be submitted to the University Secretary, the Dean of the college in which the situation occurred, the faculty member responsible for the course to which the allegation relates, and the Dean of the college in which the student is enrolled. This appeal is not designed to result in a change of grade, but to address issues surrounding the situation in question. However, in many cases, special considerations will be granted if a student’s academic standing has been compromised.

For complete details on the appeal process, please consult the procedures for Student Appeals in Academic Matters and the Chart of Student Appeal Processes

Graduate Appeals

A separate set of procedures exists for graduate students appealing academic standing or status; these students should be advised to consult informally wherever possible with the individual(s) that evaluated the work or performance. This informal consultation should take place as soon as possible, but in any event, not later than 30 days after the assessment has been made available to the students in the class. Following informal consultation with the instructor (where feasible), a graduate student who has a concern or question about the evaluation of her or his work or performance should consult with the graduate chair of the program or the dean of graduate studies and research before invoking formal procedures. If, after these consultations, the student is unsatisfied, they may petition the graduate academic affairs committee of the College of Graduate Studies and Research for a formal ruling on the matter. Further details can be found in the Procedures for Student Appeals in Academic Matters

Religious Conflicts

Students whose religious practices prohibit the writing of exams on religious holidays can apply to have their religious conflicts accommodated on an alternate date. 

The following steps must be followed:

  1. You must apply to the Examination office at least three weeks prior to the start of the exam period by submitting an application through their exam channel in PAWS. This allows us time to contact the instructor, set a new date and book an exam room.
  2. You must also print and fill out and sign the Declaration to Secrecy form and bring it to Student Central in the Administration building.
  3. You must also provide a CURRENT letter of reference from your religious authority and bring it to Student Central in the Administration building. The letter of reference needs to state that you are a member in good standing and a brief explanation of why and which dates you cannot write exams.

Once all the forms and your letter of reference have been received and approved, your instructor will be contacted and we will set an alternate date for you to write your exam which will be as close as possible to the actual date of the exam. You will then be contacted by the examinations department and informed of your new date.

Deferred & Supplemental Exams

Applying for deferred and supplemental exams

A student who is absent from a final examination through no fault of his or her own, for medical, compassionate, or other valid reasons, may apply to the college in which they are registered for a deferred exam. Such application must be made within three business days of the missed examination and be accompanied by supporting documentary evidence. 

A student who fails a final examination may be granted a supplemental examination under regulations established by each college.

The college may, under extenuating circumstances, grant a special deferred or supplemental examination to a student who submits satisfactory evidence of inability to be present at the deferred or supplemental examination.

The fee for supplemental and deferred examinations, including special supplemental and special deferreds, is charged when a student's application to write the said exam is granted.  Thereafter, the student is liable for the fee regardless of whether he/she writes the exam.

Students expecting to need specific software to write a deferred or supplemental exam must write the exam on campus with the University of Saskatchewan.  For more information contact exams@usask.ca or your college office. 

Exam Sessions

Exam TypeTerm 1 classesTerm 2 and Term 1 & 2 classes
Fall And Winter 2013-2014 Deferreds and Supplementals February 18-21, 2014 June 12-18, 2014
Spring and Summer 2014 Deferreds and Supplements September 13, 2014 September 13, 2014

Cost

Cost is assessed when a student’s application is approved by the college. In order to avoid interest charges, payment must be made prior to the last working day of the month in which approval for the examination is received:

Exam TypeCost
Deferred $40 per examination
Supplemental $60 per examination
Special Deferred (scheduled if a deferred is missed and another authorized) $80 per examination
Special Supplemental (scheduled if a supplemental is missed and another authorized) $100 per examination
Off-campus location an additional $25 per examination, and any additional invigilation fees and international courier fees, if applicable
Invigilation service for other institutions $75 per examination for U of S students and alumni, $100 per examination for non-U of S students (examinations requiring invigilation substantially longer than three hours in duration may be charged as two exams)
Re-read fee $20 per examination

Other Examinations

Information on the following examinations can be obtained from Admissions.

  • GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test
  • GRE - Graduate Record Examinations
  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

Information on the CanTEST may be obtained from the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.

Information on the Dental Aptitude Test, Law School Admission Test and the Medical College Admission Test may be obtained from the Colleges of DentistryLaw, and Medicine, respectively.

Spring & Summer Exams

Spring Term 2014

Term/QuarterInstruction DatesExam Dates
Term 1 May 7 - June 20 June 23, 24, 25
Quarter 1 May 7 - May 28 May 29, 30
Quarter 2 June 2 - 20 June 23, 24, 25

Summer Term 2014

Term/QuarterInstruction DatesExam Dates
Term 2 June 26 - August 12 August 13, 14, 15
Quarter 3 June 26 - July 17 July 18, 21
Quarter 4 July 22 - August 12 August 13, 14, 15

Multiterm 2014

Term/QuarterInstruction DatesExam Dates
Term 1 and Term 2 May 7 - August 12 August 13, 14, 15

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