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Final Examinations for Online Courses

Examination Arrangements

Students taking only online courses

By the beginning of Week 3 of each term, students enroled exclusively in online courses with a final exam, must make exam arrangements. The Spring deadline is May 14.

If you live within 100 km of an Examination Centre you are required to write at that Centre (the University of Waterloo is considered an exam centre). You need to choose that centre in Quest. If you live farther away you will need to arrange to write with a proctor.

Students taking both on-campus and online courses

Students taking both on-campus and online courses have the Waterloo exam centre chosen automatically.

Initially, only the most basic information is displayed in Quest. As the term progresses, more detailed information, such as addresses and times, will be added.

UPDATE: The exam schedule will be posted on May 31, you can make changes to your examination centre from May 31- June 12. In July you should login to Quest to see your seat and room assignment.

Your address in Quest determines your exam location, please keep it up to date.

If you have questions about your examination schedule, please email

Additional Information

Examination Dates and Times

For students writing on the Waterloo campus

Spring 2017 Fri, July 28 – 4 pm
Sat, July 29 – 9 am, 4 pm and 7:30 pm
Fall 2017 Fri, December 8 – 4 pm
Sat, December 9 – 9 am, 4 pm and 7:30 pm

For students not writing in Waterloo

If you live within 100 km of one of the examination centres listed below, you are expected to write there. If you have more than 2 exams, you will need to arrange for a proctor for the other exams. We will notify you which exams will be written during each timeslot. Proctored exams must be written between Friday and Monday, inclusive, of the examination weekend listed above.

Spring 2017 Sat, July 29 – 9 am and 2 pm
Fall 2017 Sat, December 9 – 9 am and 2 pm

Students who have more than two exams, may also request to write their third and subsequent exams at the additional exam sessions held in Waterloo instead of writing with a proctor.

Examination Centres

Edmonton (am only)

British Columbia

Goderich - cancelled

Owen Sound
Toronto Downtown
Toronto East (Scarborough)
Toronto North (Thornhill)
Toronto West (Brampton)
University of Waterloo

Note: these examination centres are subject to change, and may not always be available. You will be notified of the exact location in the weeks leading up to your exam.

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Additional uWaterloo campus exam dates

These sessions are intended for students who have scheduling conflicts or who have more than three online course examinations. Students writing at external exam centres who have more than two exams, may request to write their additional exams at these sessions.

Spring 2017 Wednesday, August 2 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, August 3 – 7:30 pm
Fall 2017 Wednesday, December 13 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 14 – 7:30 pm

NOTE - Food and drink are not allowed in final exam rooms, with the exception of water in a clear bottle with no label. Please review Waterloo's final examination information for complete details.

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Writing With a Proctor

You will require a proctor to supervise your exam if any of the following applies to you:
  • you live more than 100 km from an examination centre
  • you are writing more than two examinations at a centre other than Waterloo.
  • you cannot write examinations for religious reasons; you will be required to provide documentation
  • you have special needs that preclude your writing at an examination centre; you will be required to provide documentation
  • you must reschedule your examination due to circumstances beyond your control (see Requesting an Alternate Exam Date)
  • you were scheduled to write at an examination centre that was cancelled; you will be informed via email if this happens
  • you are in active military or diplomatic corps service

You are responsible for finding an appropriate proctor. The proctor must not be related to you in any way (including by marriage or common law), must not reside at the same address as you, and must not be currently enrolled in a Waterloo online/distance course. Proctors must read English fluently.

Acceptable occupations/organizations for proctors are:

  • Teacher/educational professional (active or retired) above the pre-school level
  • Administrative employee of a university, school, or college
  • Religious institution official (e.g. priest, rabbi, pastor, minister, nun, monk, or imam)
  • Library staff
  • Human resources training/development staff (only for co-op students)
  • Military officer (only for members of the military and their spouses)
  • Health care worker (for students registered with Waterloo's AccessAbility Services)
  • Contact North Employees (122 Centres located in Ontario)
  • National College Testing Association sites - United Stataes

Waterloo pays proctors $15 CAD/hour. You are responsible for any additional fees (ie shipping, room rentals, copying etc.)

Deadline to submit your proctor information:

Spring 2017 Tuesday June 13

Dates for Writing with a Proctor

Spring 2017 Friday July 28 – Monday, July 31


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Requesting an Alternate Examination Date

A request for an alternate exam date will be granted only in exceptional circumstances, such as documented illness or other mitigating circumstances outside the student's control. Elective arrangements (such as travel plans or social events) are not acceptable. The decision to grant a request for an alternate date is up to the course instructor and/or department.

Complete the Petition For An Alternate Exam Date and email it with the appropriate documentation to or fax it to (519) 746-4607

Petitions must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam date.

If you require an alternate exam date and live within 150 km of Waterloo, you will be required to write at one of the alternate exam sessions in Waterloo (listed above).

If an alternate exam date is granted, a $50 administration charge may apply.

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English Language Proficiency Examination

All Waterloo undergraduate students are required to write the English Language Proficiency Examination (ELPE), which is administered by the Writing Centre. Online-only students should contact them at 519-888-4567, ext. 32329 or by email to register to write the ELPE.

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Final Grades

Your final grade is based on a combination of your course work and/or the result of your final examination. Information on how final grades are calculated is usually provided in your course materials.

Official grades and academic standings should be available on Quest on:

  • Winter 2017 - May 19 (unofficial grades begin to appear starting April 26)
  • Spring 2017 - September 22 (unofficial grades begin to appear starting August 14)

These are approximate dates and are subject to change without notice.

If you feel that there has been an error made in your final grade, contact the instructor or TA of your course.

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