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Helpful Information and Updates

The Registrar's Office administers examinations for the fall and winter terms. Examinations during the summer terms are managed by the individual faculty member. 


Fall 2018 Exam Period is December 7th - 15th

Review the Exam Schedule and Seating Plan to see when and where you are writing your exams.

Exam Schedule (TBA)

Seating Plan (TBA)

Accommodations Request for Accessibility Services

Students registered with Accessibility Services who require exam accommodations must complete and submit the online Request for Final Exam Accommodations to the Registrar's Office by November 1.

Final Exam Accommodation Form (link will be opened at a later date)

Missed an Exam?

Students must report, to the Registrar's Office, missing an exam within 48 hours of the missed exam.

Missed Exam Report (link will be opened at a later date)

Please email any questions to

  1. An examination will normally be required for every course taught at the University.

  2. There will be an examination period at the end of each semester during which all examinations will be written as scheduled by the Registrar’s Office. Instructors may not schedule examinations outside of this examination period including the reading day.

  3. The value of the examination must be at least 30 percent of the work of the semester, the exact value of each examination to be determined by the instructor in consultation with the department.

  4. An examination must never provide more than 70 percent of the total mark for a course.

  5. The student must have received at least one mark and/or evaluation in each course prior to the examination period in each semester.

  6. The form of the examination—oral, multiple choice, open book, essay, etc.—will be the prerogative of the instructor in consultation with the department.

  7. Exemptions for giving an examination in a course are subject to departmental policy on examinations and reporting. If a course is exempt from examination, this must be stated in the course outline, and the Registrar’s Office must be informed of the exemption.

  8. No tests will be held nor assignments made due during the final two weeks of any academic term unless these tests and formal assignments are included on the course outline distributed at the beginning of each academic term. Examination scheduling is covered in items 2 and 7 above.

  9. Grades for all courses having examinations must be received in the Registrar’s Office five days after the scheduled examination day.

  10. Students are cautioned to not make travel arrangements until exams are completed during the examination period as end of term travel plans are not a valid reason to miss an examination.

  11. Students are not permitted to write examinations prior to the regularly scheduled examination for their class.

  12. Students writing final examinations for distance courses offered through Teaching and Learning and Online Learning (TLCOL) who live within 100 km of the Mount must write their examination(s) on campus during the scheduled time.  The section below labelled "Writing Examinations at a Proctor Site" contains important information for distance students living further than 100 km away from the Mount.


  1. Nothing may be taken to the student’s seat except materials authorized for the examination.

  2. Anything which is not authorized by the instructor or chief proctor must be left at the front of the examination room. Such items include (but are not limited to) jackets, backpacks, textbooks, notes, and purses.

  3. Unauthorized computing, data storage, and communication devices must be turned off and left at the front of the examination room.

  4. In the case of open-book exams, students will be permitted to have material at their seats that has been pre-authorized by their instructor.

  5. Calculators may be used only at the discretion of the instructor.

  6. With the exception of clear plastic water bottles with no writing on them, food and beverages are not permitted in the examination room.

  7. Students are not permitted to wear brimmed hats while writing exams.

  8. There will be no talking in the examination room.

  9. Students must display their valid Mount Saint Vincent University Student ID Card during each exam.

  10. Students may begin their exams as soon as they are seated; however, shortly after they begin their exams, a sheet will be circulated on which they must write their name beside the appropriate seat number.

  11. No student may leave the examination room during the first twenty minutes of the exam. Latecomers will be admitted to the examination room only during the first twenty minutes.

  12. Students requiring assistance should raise their hands and not leave their seats.

  13. When students have finished their exam, they should write their row and seat number on the cover of the examination booklets, hand their exams to one of the proctors and sign the attendance sheet for their course. Students may be required to show their valid Mount Saint Vincent University Student ID Card at this time.

  14. Students found communicating with one another in any way or under any pretext; having unauthorized books, papers, electronic computing devices, data storage, or communication devices in view, even if their use is not proved; or found cheating in any way will be reported by the Chief Proctor to the course instructor and the Registrar’s Office. Procedures for Academic Offences will be followed.

  15. If a student misses an examination due to illness, she/he must inform the Registrar's Office within 48 hours of the missed examination and submit a medical certificate from a physician, directly to the Registrar's Office.
Download the PDF version of these rules.

If you have overlapping exam times, a work commitment that can not be changed, proctor issues, or are scheduled to write three exams in three consecutive writing times, an exam conflict form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to the deadline. 

Complete the Exam Conflict Form and submit by March 15 for April exams and November 15 for December exams. Please note that documentation may be required.

External Exam Timeslots 

  • Wednesdays - 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Thursdays - 1:30pm - 4:30pm (Sept 1 to May 31)
  • Thursdays - 1:00pm - 4:00pm (June 1 to Aug 31)
  • Fridays - 9:00am - 12:00pm

    (Please note that we do not book external examinations during our formal exam periods; December 7 to 15, 2018 & April 12 to 26, 2019)

Invigilation Fees

The charge for invigilation services are:

  • 3 - 4 hours exams = $50.00 per exam
  • exams exceeding 4 hours = $100.00 per exam

How to Book an Exam Time

To request an exam time please email and include the following information:

  • your name
  • the name of the institution you are taking the course with
  • whether it's an online or paper based exam
  • when you would like to write the exam (date and timeslot preferences)
  • contact phone number

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure that your exam is delivered here.

You must arrange for exam materials to be delivered to the Functional Analyst at:
Registrar's Office
Mount Saint Vincent University
ATTN: Functional Analyst
Room 207, 166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
Fax: (902) 457-6498

Note: You will receive a confirmation email of exam date time and any necessary instructions.

What to do on Exam Day

A day or two before your exam day, contact the office to ensure that your exam has arrived from the other institution. On the day of your exam, you must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled start time and report to the Registrar's Office (Room 207, Evaristus Hall). View campus map  

Who is Eligible to Write at a Proctor Site

Only students who reside 100 km away or more from the Mount may write at an approved proctor site.  All other students must write their examinations at Mount Saint Vincent University as scheduled.

Proctor Site Locations

Approved proctor sites are located at accredited universities and colleges across Canada.  Check the list of Approved Proctor Sites by Province to determine the most convenient location for you. 

Approved sites are also available outside of Canada.  Students studying outside of Canada, please email for assistance. Please note that depending on your location, you should plan for travel time to an approved proctor site.  All examinations must be written at an approved site.

Documentation to be Submitted to Obtain a Proctor

Once you have contacted one of the approved proctor sites, complete the Proctor Site Request Form.  This form must be submitted within TWO WEEKS from the first day of each term.  Mount Saint Vincent University reserves the right to reject proctors it deems inappropriate.

Submit Proctor Information Each Term

Submit the proctor site request form every term as this information may change from term-to-term.  Failure to provide up-to-date proctor information may result in not being able to write your exams.  All mid-term and final examinations are required to be proctored.  Please send an email to to confirm your information as approved proctor sites do change.

All proctor site request forms are screened by the University to ensure compliance with our examination policies.  Exams will be sent to your approved proctor in time for you to write on the scheduled date and time.  You are responsible to confirm your proctor arrangement prior to your exam date to ensure everything is in order.

All exams must be written on the date and time stated in your syllabus.  No examination can be written prior to the scheduled date and time.  Proctors will return all exams not written as scheduled.  If you are unable to write on the scheduled date, contact your professor immediately and email

Proctor Honorarium

Mount Saint Vincent University will remit a $50.00 honorarium per course, not exam, to proctors at the end of the term.  If the proctor site rate is higher than $50.00 per course or examination, you are responsible to pay the difference.  Please submit the Proctor Honorarium Form to after your exam has been written.

Please note: To receive this reimbursement, please submit this form with the official receipt(s) attached within two weeks of writing the examination.  Forms received after the two week deadline will not be eligible for reimbursement.

Quick Contacts


P:  902-457-6117 or 1-877-733-6788

F:  902-457-6498

Registrar's Office & Service Counter
Evaristus Hall, Room 204 & 207

Monday to Friday
September 1 to May 31 - 8:30am - 4:30pm
June 1 to August 31 - 9am - 4:30pm