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.
If you live within 100 km of an Examination Centre you are required to write at that Centre (the Universitiy 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.
Your address in Quest determines your exam location, please keep it up to date.
If you have questions about your examination schedule, please email email@example.com.
Examination Dates and Times
For students writing on the Waterloo campus
||Fri, April 7 – 4pm
Sat, April 8– 9am, 4pm and 7:30pm
||Fri, July 28 – 4pm
Sat, July 29 – 9am, 4pm and 7:30pm
||Fri, December 8 – 4pm
Sat, December 9 – 9am, 4pm and 7:30pm
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.
|| Sat, April 8 – 9am and 2pm
|| Sat, July 29 – 9am and 2pm
|| Sat, December 9 – 9am and 2pm
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.
Edmonton - AM only
Goderich - cancelled
Orangeville - AM only
Stratford - AM only
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 leadiing 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.
||Wednesday, April 12 – 7pm
Thursday, April 13 – 7pm
||Wednesday, August 2 – 7pm
Thursday, August 3 – 7pm
||Wednesday, December 13 – 7pm
Thursday, December 14 – 7pm
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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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
- 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 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)
Waterloo pays proctors $15 CAD/hour. You are responsible for the any additional fees (ie shipping, room rentals, copying etc.
Deadline to submit your proctor information:
||Tuesday February 14
Dates for Writing with a Proctor
||Friday April 7 – Monday, April 10
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (519) 746-4607
Petitions must be submitted no later than four weeks before the exam
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
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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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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
- Fall 2016 - January 20, 2017 (unofficial grades begin to appear starting December 23)
- 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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