Local students

Students who live within 100 km of Carleton University write their midterms and exams on campus, at the same time as the rest of the class. Local students do not need to apply for exam services.

Local students with disabilities who have registered with the Paul Menton Centre will have their exam arrangements made by the McIntyre Exam Centre (MEC). Questions regarding these exams may be directed to the CUOL Exam Coordinator.

Distance students

Distance students (students living more than 100 km from campus) can arrange to write their midterms/exams under the supervision of an approved proctor. Students must complete and submit the online distance exam application by the deadlines. If no arrangement is made, you are expected to write your midterms/exams at Carleton. Students must apply for distance exams EVERY TERM.

Students must be registered in the CUOL section (T, V, R or Web section) to qualify for distance exams.

See our proctor page for information on finding a qualified proctor. Note that the online application will suggest pre-approved proctors based on your location, but you are free to submit any proctor who meets CUOL’s requirements.

Only applications received by the appropriate deadlines will be processed. Late applications may be considered, and if accepted the student will be subject to a late charge. LATE APPLICATIONS REQUESTED WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF AN EXAMINATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

More information on distance exams can be found on the FAQ page.

Timing of exams and midterms

**All students are required to abide by Carleton University Rules & Regulations regarding exams.**

Midterms written outside the formal exam periods in December and April are scheduled by the course instructor and CUOL. Students in the on-campus class and the CUOL sections write at the same time. Midterms are usually held on Friday evenings, Saturdays and/or Sundays. Those writing at a distance write their test on the same day as the rest of the class. Any exception to this must be approved by the instructor.

Exams written in the December and April exam period are scheduled by Scheduling and Examination Services (SES) and may fall on any day of the week within the set exam period. See dates and deadlines on the Registrar’s Office site for exam periods.

Exam dates are posted, once known, on our Exam Schedules page.