Cape Breton University Fall 2022 Exam Information

Fall 2022 Exam Schedule

Fall 2022 Exam Schedule is now posted:  More information on the exam policy can be found here.

Examinations are scheduled to take place from December 9 to December 19.  Exams occur Monday to Saturday in three-hour blocks of time:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

In-Person Exams

  • Students must arrive on time and are required to have a valid CBU student ID card that will be scanned in order to gain entry to their in-person exams. Students will not be permitted to write the exam if they are late.
  • If you do not have a CBU student ID card, please visit the CBU HelpDesk in the Marvin Harvey Building, Monday – Friday from 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.
  • Students will be given an envelope to place under their desk for their cell phones and other devices. Please make sure to turn off all devices while the exam is being written. Please do not bring valuables with you, as CBU is not responsible for the theft of personal items from exam rooms.
  • Food and drink are not permitted, with the exception of water in a sealed, transparent, non-breakable bottle.
  • Talking and any other form of communication between students is forbidden during exam time.
  • Students are subject to supervision at all times during the entire timeframe of the exam. Students may request a washroom break to the invigilator and will be required to sign in and out. Invigilators will accompany students to the washroom and will remain in the hallway.
  • Students should report possible instances of cheating to the invigilator. If there are other complaints, students should communicate their concerns to the professor or exam coordinator within 24 hours of the conclusion of the exam.
  • Students must leave the exam room upon completion of their exam.
  • Children are not permitted in exam rooms.

Online Exams

Online exam platforms will differ based on each course. Students should reach out to their professor to discuss what platform they will be expected to use for their upcoming online exam to ensure they are fully prepared.

Supplementary Examinations 

Supplemental exams are governed by all other policies and procedures found elsewhere in this document with the exception of scheduling since supplemental exams normally occur after the end of the semester during which the course occurred and so they must be scheduled differently from other exams.

Departments shall establish a policy on whether or not they will permit supplemental exams and this will be included on the course outline.  The department shall inform the Registrar’s Office of their policy for planning purposes.  Departmental policy may include the right of individual course instructors to decide whether supplemental exams are available in their own courses.  Departments  are free to make separate decisions about lab or other practical exams.

An exam rewritten on the basis of extenuating circumstances is not considered a supplemental, and therefore not limited to a bare pass.

Where a departmental policy and/or instructor is allowing supplemental exams, they will only be made under the following circumstances:

  • The student has failed the course
  • There are not extenuating circumstances which would justify an exam under the Extraordinary Circumstances section, above.
  • The student must be in both good academic standing and good financial standing
  • The student must have achieved a minimum mark in the course of 10% less than the passing grade in the student’s program.

Scheduling of all supplemental exams shall be handled through the Registrar. Students must apply to write supplemental exams by submitting the appropriate form to the Registrar.  The application must be submitted within the first 5 class days of the semester following the completion of the course.  The supplemental exam shall occur within the first 10 class days of the semester following the completion of the course. Submitting an application doesn’t guarantee the student will be eligible to write a supplemental. All supplemental exams must be approved by a faculty member and/or academic school.

Deferred Examinations

Students should notify their instructor(s) immediately if they must miss an examination due to a medical or other serious reason. Upon request, the dean of the school and the instructor may approve a deferred examination.

Postponement of Examinations

If a final examination scheduled by the Registrar cannot be held at the scheduled time because of inclement weather or other circumstances, other examinations will be written as scheduled and the postponed examinations will be rescheduled by the Registrar’s Office for the first available day after the completion of the examination schedule.

Midterm exams and other exams which were scheduled without the involvement of the Registrar will be rescheduled via consultation between the instructor and the students if they cannot be written at the original planned time because of inclement weather or other reasons.

Extraordinary Circumstances 

This refers to emergency situations where it was not possible to make arrangements prior to the exam and so a new date is arranged.  It applies to emergencies which prevented the student from attending the exam, or which arose during the writing of the exam.  It also applies to situations in which a student has written the exam but subsequently claims that there were extenuating circumstances such that they should not have written the exam.  In such a case the student may request an opportunity to retake the exam.