April 2021
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Dear students,


We hope that you are all keeping well. We are reaching out to you prior to final exams with some important information and reminders regarding your exam accommodations. As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions! Wishing you the best of luck!


    In this message: Applying Your Exam Accommodations /When time-based accommodations apply / Resources and Opportunities


    Before your online exam is released

    Check the details of your exam on the final exam schedule and review your course announcements to verify that individual accommodations apply to the format of your exam.

    Register for your exam accommodations 14 days prior to the start date of your assessment using the appropriate exam sign-up form.

    Check if you received a confirmation from your instructor or exam administrator stating that your extra-time has been programmed on the testing platform.

    As soon as your online exam is released


    Make sure that your extra-time has been programmed correctly on the testing platform.



    If your extra-time has been programmed correctly:


    You should be able to see that the duration has been extended to include your approved accommodations.



    If your extra-time has NOT been programmed correctly:


    Go to Step 1 and make sure that individual accommodations apply to your exam format.


    If individual accommodations do apply to your exam format, please e-mail your instructor and CC’ the OSD at exams.osd@mcgill.ca IMMEDIATELY so that your extra time can be programmed BEFORE you start your exam.



    ALWAYS verify that your exam accommodations have been programmed correctly, when applicable, even if you do not intend to start your exam right away.


    Similar to when writing in-person exams with the OSD, students are required to verify their exam accommodations before starting their exam, so that any issues can be corrected prior to writing the exam.


    Whether you are writing an exam in-person or online, starting your exam means that you are agreeing to completing the exam as is.


    If you have already completed your exam without your accommodations correctly in place, please notify the OSD immediately. We will review the situation and explore possible options with your instructor; however, we cannot guarantee an outcome.

    I do not feel like I will be able to write my final exams. What do I do?


    If you believe you are unable to write your final exam due to a serious health or wellness condition, or another extenuating circumstance, you may be eligible to apply for an exam deferral, depending on your faculty rules and regulations.

    • Deferred exams will be held the third week of August
    • Please refer to the Exams website for the application dates and when the exam schedule will be posted.
    • If you write your final exam you are not eligible to apply for a deferred exam. This includes receiving the final exam from your instructor but not completing it.

    • For students in the Faculty of Engineering or in the Faculty of Law, please refer to your Faculty's website for more information.

    How do I know when individual time-based accommodations apply?


    Final exam format Definition Do individual time-based accommodations apply?
    Oral Assessments that evaluate student learning through spoken words. Yes
    Timed open-book within a designated window

    Exams that must be started and completed within a specified number of hours.

    E.g. You have a 48- hour window to complete a 3-hour final exam. Once you log in, you have 3 hours to submit.

    Timed open-book with a designated window AND your instructor/faculty is incorporating inclusive pedagogy

    Exams that must be started and completed within a specified number of hours. In addition, you were informed that you have at least double the designated duration to complete the exam.

    E.g. You have a 48- hour window to complete a 3-hour final exam. Once you log in, you have 6.5 hours to submit.


    (Exceptions may apply; see below)

    Take home You have at least 48 hours to start, finish, and return your exam.


    (Exceptions may apply; see below)


    There may be exceptional circumstances in which disability-related accommodations are still needed. These unique cases will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the OSD. If exceptional circumstances arise, please reach out to our exam team, so that we may assess the case. Should it be determined that individual time-based accommodations are required, this will be communicated to both the student and instructor.

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