Writing tests or exams

Students taking exams should come prepared with extra pens and pencils, and a watch to monitor time. Read the exam cover carefully for notes about aids. “No Aids” means nothing other than writing supplies will be permitted. Any other items such as notes, study sheets, dictionaries, calculators, cellphones or other electronic devices will be considered unauthorized aids. Empty all pockets before beginning the exam, to check for phones or study aids that may have been used prior (e.g. study notes for the bus). If an aid sheet is allowed, students should verify the formatting before they attend, such as font size or double-sided pages being permitted.

Students should be sure to listen carefully to all announcements. When the end of time is called, they need to put down their pens and stop writing. Invigilators can help should a problem arise during the exam. If at any time during the exam a student feels ill, needs aid, or observes any suspicious behaviour, they should raise their hand to alert an invigilator.

Faculty members may consider implementing Faculty Examination policies during course tests to prepare students for final exam scenarios. Where feasible, students should be spaced and not seated immediately adjacent to each other. A good practice is to prepare multiple versions of exams and to assign these to alternate desks during the exam to prevent sharing of answers.

When preparing tests and exams, instructors should consider their learning objectives for the course and for the particular assignment.


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