Exam policies & cancellations

UBC exam information in the Academic Calendar

Exam clashes

An exam clash happens when multiple exams are scheduled on the same day at the same time.

Daytime exam clashes

If you have a daytime exam clash, contact your instructor immediately to see if you can find an alternate writing time.

If this can't be arranged, email student.exams@ubc.ca. Enrolment Services will arrange for you to write your exams back-to-back on the original examination date, under supervision.

Evening and weekend exam clashes

Exam clashes on the evening and weekend timetable are the responsibility of the instructor. Please contact your instructor as soon as possible.

Exam hardships

An exam hardship is defined as 3 or more end-of-term exams in a 24-hour period.

See more on exam hardships in the UBC Calendar.

Exam cancellations

Always check ubc.ca for the most up-to-date information about campus closures and weather advisories.

If your exam is cancelled

  • A notice will be posted on the Exams page.
  • Enrolment Services will email affected students, instructors and exam representatives to let them know that the exam is cancelled and what to expect next.

Rescheduling of cancelled exams:   

Scheduling Services will reschedule cancelled examinations on the following Sunday, provided that this day falls within the examination period. If the following Sunday falls after the examination period, the exam will be rescheduled for as soon as possible at the start of the next term.

If you are unable to attend a rescheduled exam: Contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss your circumstances and the possibility of an alternate writing time. 

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