- There’s a problem with my exam schedule. Who can I contact?
- What buildings are exams held in? How do I find my exam room?
Many students’ examinations are held in Athletics, including Alumni Hall (the main gym with the basketball courts) and the Fieldhouse (the turf field). In these large examination rooms, you will want to check where your course is sitting. A master seating plan will be posted outside the examination room and on the front wall of the examination room.
Certain examinations may also be held in classrooms around campus. For a full campus map, please click here.
Exam room locations will be available in your personalized exam schedule usually at least one week before the start of the examination period.
- How early should I arrive for an exam? What happens if I’m late for an exam?
It is recommended that students arrive at least fifteen minutes before their examination begins. This will give you more than enough time to check the seating plan, stow away your belongings and find a desk.
There is a 30 minute grace period for admission to formally scheduled examinations. If you arrive at your examination location within 30 minutes of the scheduled start time, you will be admitted without question.
If you arrive after the grace period, proceed to your exam site, but please note that course instructors have discretionary authority to either permit or deny your entry. In the event that entry is denied, you will be directed to the Site Facilitator for information on next steps.
- What happens if I am late for my exam due to inclement weather?
If there is inclement weather or another condition that affects arrival to examination sites, there will be announcement messaging on multiple websites: Student Portal, Registrar’s Office and Scheduling and Examinations.
- What should I bring to an exam?
You should only bring your student card, writing utensils and items authorized by the instructor (e.g.: calculators, dictionaries). If your instructor didn’t authorize any additional items, don’t bring them to your examination.
Only water is allowed at an examination and only in a clear bottle that does not have labels.
The University does not provide secure storage areas at examination sites, and is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. The University strongly recommends you do not bring any unauthorized or valuable items to an examination. If you bring valuables to the examination site, it is at your own risk.
- What do I do with my coat, bag and valuables while I’m in an exam?
Coats and bags/purses can be brought to your desk if you wish. Coats will be placed on the back of your chair and bags/valuables under your seat. The contents should not spill into the aisle. Students will be asked to leave oversized bags at the front of the examination room and to remove any valuable contents (e.g. wallet, laptop, cellphone) and place these under your seat. Electronic devices such as cell phones or laptops must be turned off, removed from their cases, and placed underneath your seat. They may not be on your person at any point during the examination.
- Will someone explain exam guidelines to me before I write an exam?
Yes. Right before the examination begins, a Site Facilitator will make an announcement regarding the policy and rules for writing examinations. You will also have a handout on your examination desk which states the rules of an examination.
- What happens if I have to go to the bathroom during an exam?
The only time you may leave the examination room with the intention of returning is to use the washroom. You must bring your examination materials and ID card to the designated sign out staff person, and both sign out and back in on the sheet provided. Students may not bring their cell phones to the washroom.
- What happens if I fall ill during an exam?
Students are expected to assess their medical situation and well-being prior to entering the examination room, and are also expected to complete a final examination once begun. If you experience a significant deterioration of your health while the examination is in progress, it may be possible to submit a petition to apply to write a deferred examination. In these situations, a proctor at the exam site will provide you with information regarding next steps.
- Can I leave an examination early?
Students are free to turn in their examination and leave the writing site after the signing-in process, which takes place thirty (30) minutes after the start of their exam, unless for emergency reasons.
- What if I have a question on/about the exam?
If you have a question about the examination, please raise your hand. An invigilator or your professor will be with you shortly.
If your course instructor is not available, and you have doubts about the meaning or completeness of a question, you should make an assumption about what is needed to answer the question and state this assumption at the beginning of their answer.
- Is there a way for me to check the time while I’m writing an exam?
In all examination rooms, an invigilator or a professor will write the time on the chalkboard at the front of the room. Some examination rooms will also have clocks, and you may wear a watch if you wish. Please note that Smartwatches are not allowed.
- What if I need an additional exam booklet?
If you need an additional exam booklet, please raise your hand and inform an invigilator. They will bring you an additional exam booklet.
- What do I do when I want to hand in my exam?
As long as it is not within the first 30 minutes of the examination, you may bring your examination paper to the front of the room, and hand it in to an invigilator.
- What if I forget my student card?
Students must provide official identification in the form of their Carleton University Campus Card or government-issued identification with photo. If you have neither of these items, you will be referred to the course instructor.
- Where can I park on campus?
Students planning to park on campus should arrive an hour before their examination begins to ensure they find appropriate parking and have time to pay. Depending at which site your examination is being written, a parking lot/garage is not far. Refer to Parking Services to view a map of all pay-parking spots (highlighted in green and yellow).
- What is the best way to reach Carleton University by public transportation?
Please visit Carleton’s Directions webpage to learn how to get to Carleton’s campus on public transportation.
- I am pregnant, require special accommodations and/or must meet religious obligations during my exam. How do I plan to make arrangements?
Carleton University is committed to equity and diversity. Equity Services at Carleton provides quick links and in-depth information regarding policy and procedures on a range of topics. Please review their website before contacting Examination Services. On most occasions, the first steps to making special accommodations are made directly with your course instructor.
- Can I take my coat or bag to my seat?
For the December exam period, you may bring your coat and small bag/purse to your desk if you wish. Coats should be placed on the back of your chair and bags/valuables under your seat. The contents should not spill into the aisle. You will be asked to leave over-sized bags at the front of the examination room and to remove any valuable contents (e.g. wallet, laptop, cellphone) and place these under your seat.