Exams

Depending on your course, you might need to take an exam. Here's an overview of what to expect and where to get help.

Getting ready for exams

Get to know how exams work so that you can perform at your best.

Will I have an exam?

Exams are a part of the academic study experience. You’ll find that some subjects include an exam as part of your assessment. To find out if your subject includes an exam, check the subject’s page on our website.

Who runs exams?

Your university conducts exams for your subjects—including end-of-term exams and any mid-term tests and exams. For information about your exams, log in to your university’s learning management system (LMS). You can also ask your teaching staff for more details.

When are exams held?

Exams happen during weekdays, mostly during business hours. They usually kick-off the week following the end of the study period or session, or during the last two weeks of the semester.

About a month before exams, we publish exam timetables. You’ll find our publishing dates in our Key dates page. You’ll also find the timeframes you can expect exams to be held (the exam period).

When your exam timetable is available, you’ll receive an email with information about how to access it.

Are exams online?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most students studying through OUA now take exams online. However, a few subjects still have face-to-face exams, so please check your LMS (learning management system) for the most up to date information.

For online exams, we suggest you find a quiet space with a reliable internet connection. Depending on your university’s requirements, you might need things like a webcam, whiteboard, and special software. Don’t worry, you’ll be notified in advance to allow plenty of time to get set up.

Exam support

We understand that exams can be stressful, and we’re here to help you get through them.

Smarthinking

We connect you to trusted and professional tutors to help you prepare for your exams. At no extra cost to you, we cover 4 hours of free tuition for each study term. Current students can schedule one-on-one tutoring online via the Student Hub.

Students with disabilities

If you’re a student with a disability, contact your university's Equity Officer to discuss your needs and find out how to access support for your exam. Visit our Disability support page to find out more about support services.

We're here to help

Our student advisors can assist you with your enrolment, help you plan your studies and answer any questions about how studying through OUA works.

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