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Final Examinations for Online Courses

NEW - 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.

Examination dates for students writing on campus

Students writing on campus in Waterloo will be scheduled to write during the following exam sessions:

Fall 2015 Fri, December 11 – 4pm
Sat, December 12 – 9am, 4pm and 7:30pm
Winter 2016 Fri, April 8 – 4pm 
Sat, April 9 – 9am, 4pm and 7:30pm
Spring 2016 Fri, August 5 – 4pm
Sat, August 6 – 9am, 4pm and 7:30pm

Additional Waterloo 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, and wish to travel to Waterloo, may request to write their third and subsequent exams at these sessions.

Fall 2015 Tues, December 15 - 7pm
Wed, December 16 - 7pm
Winter 2016 Tues, April 12 - 7pm
Wed, April 13 - 7pm
Spring 2016 Tues, August 9 – 7pm
Wed, August 10 – 7pm

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Examination dates 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 up to two exams there during the following exam sessions:

Fall 2015 Sat, December 12 – 9am and 2pm
Winter 2016 Sat, April 9 – 9am and 2pm
Spring 2016 Sat, August 6 – 9am and 2pm

You will need to arrange for a proctor for any additional exams. These additional exams must be written between Friday and Monday, inclusive, of the examination weekend.

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


British Columbia


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

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Provide Examination Arrangement Information

By the end of Week 3 of each term, students enrolled exclusively in online courses with a final exam, must make examination arrangements in Quest. Students taking both on-campus and online courses will be assigned to write in Waterloo automatically. If you live within 100 km of an Examination Centre you are required to write at that Centre. Others will write with a proctor.

Initially, only the most basic Exam Centre information will be displayed. As the term progresses, more detailed information will appear. You will be emailed when more information is available.

If you have questions about your examination schedule, please email

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Writing With a Proctor

You will require proctor to supervise your exam if one 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 (e.g. permanent or temporary medical reasons) 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 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)

Waterloo pays proctors $11 CAD/hour. If your proctor charges more than that, you are responsible for the difference in the fee.

Deadline to submit your proctor information:

Fall 2015

October 30, 2015

Winter 2016 February 26, 2016
Spring 2016 June 24, 2016

Submit your proctor information now.

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Requesting an Alternate Exam Date

A request for an alternate date for a final examination will be granted only in exceptional circumstances, such as illness (with documentation) 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 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 online via Quest beginning:

  • Fall 2015 - January 22, 2016
  • Winter 2016 - May 20, 2016
  • Spring 2016 - June 24, 2016

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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