Off-campus exams

Apply for off-campus exams if you're outside Metro Vancouver (south of Squamish and west of Chilliwack) and have Distance Education, Standing Deferred or supplemental exams.

All students who are writing exams outside of the Vancouver campus have to apply to write their exams. A separate application is required for each exam.

Application dates

Distance Education exams

2018 Winter session Term 1 courses

Application period: September 20 - October 15, 2018

Exam period: December 4 - 19, 2018

2018 Winter session Term 2 courses

Application period: January 11 - February 15, 2019

Exam period: April 8 - 26, 2019

No exams Easter weekend (Fri, Apr 19 - Mon, Apr 22)

2019 Summer session courses

Application period: May 10 - June 15, 2019

Exam period: August 13 - 17, 2019

Standing Deferred and Supplemental exams

2018 Summer session courses

Application period: September 1 - October 8, 2018

Exam date: November 17, 2018

2018/19 Winter session courses

Application period: April 1 - June 10, 2019

Exam period: July 22 - August 2, 2019

Application fees

Distance Education exams

The application fee for all off-campus Distance Education exams is $54.00.

Standing Deferred and Supplemental exams

Deferred examination

All fees are calculated per paper.





Other - Canada/USA


Other - International


Supplemental examination

All fees are calculated per paper.





Other - Canada/USA


Other - International


Apply for an off-campus exam

  1. Log in to the Student Service Centre (SSC).
  2. Go to Exams > Exam Application.
  3. Select your session and courses. Each course requires a separate application.
  4. Select your exam location.
    1. Partner Exam Centre:
      1. Read about Partner Exam Centres.
      2. Select a location from the drop-down menu to write at an off-campus partner centre.
    2. Other Location: If you can’t write at a partner exam centre, apply to write at an Other Location.
      1. Find and make sure your invigilator meets UBC’s guidelines.
      2. Complete the invigilator information and click next.  Note: You will still need to arrange a date and time with your invigilator to run the exam after formal exam dates have been released.
  5. You’ll be prompted to pay with VISA, MasterCard, or Interac Online.
  6. Your exam schedule:
    1. Partner exam centre: Once your exam is scheduled, you will be sent an email with the location and time before the exam period.
    2. Other location:   Once formal exam dates are released, contact your invigilator to schedule your exam within 48 hours of the on-campus exam. Once you have your exam schedule arranged, email for approval.

Centre for Accessibility: After completing steps 1 to 5 above you must contact Centre for Accessibility to request an Academic Accommodation letter and email it to

Find a partner exam centre

To write an off-campus exam, check to see if there is a UBC partner exam centre in your area from the list below. 

British Columbia

  • Castlegar
  • Courtenay
  • Cranbrook
  • Dawson Creek
  • Fort St. John
  • Kamloops
  • Kelowna
  • Nanaimo
  • Penticton
  • Prince George
  • Prince Rupert
  • Salmon Arm
  • Smithers
  • Victoria


  • Alberta
    • Edmonton
    • Calgary
  • Saskatchewan
    • Regina
    • Saskatoon
  • Manitoba
    • Winnipeg
  • Ontario
    • Hamilton
    • Markham
    • Mississauga
    • Oakville
    • Ottawa
    • Sarnia
    • Windsor
  • Quebec
    • Montreal
  • New Brunswick
    • Fredericton
  • Nova Scotia
    • Halifax
  • Yukon Territory
    • Whitehorse


  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
  • Singapore

Find an Other location

If you can't write at a Partner Exam Centre, you'll have to apply to write your exam at another location and find an invigilator for your exam.

See the invigilator guidelines to see the types of invigilators UBC accepts.

    Invigilator Guidelines

    • The exam must be written at the invigilator’s place of work
    • Invigilators cannot be a friend, family member, or colleague of the test takers
    • The invigilator must speak fluent English
    • Both the invigilator's phone and email must be provided in the application
    • We may request documentation to verify that the person chosen is acceptable

    Acceptable invigilators in Canada and the US

    • University or college test centre administrators
    • University or college professors
    • Public library staff

    Outside Canada and the US

    We accept invigilators from:

    In certain countries where no Embassy or British Council is available, we accept invigilators from:


    I don’t know the exact name of the person who will invigilate my Other Location exam. How do I fill out the exam application?

    The invigilator information in the Exam Application serves as a contact for Enrolment Services. Sometimes exam locations will not release the name of the person who will invigilate your exam on the day of, or the exact invigilator will be determined closer to the exam time.

    In this case, it is sufficient to enter the details of the person at your exam location whom you are corresponding with to arrange your date and time. Examples include: a manager/supervisor of a test centre, library director, Canadian Embassy employee, British Council coordinator, etc. Ensure this person can receive your paper copy exam.

    I missed the application deadline. Can I still write off-campus?

    Late applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Contact for more information.

    Will Enrolment Services contact my Other Location invigilator before the exam to confirm details?

    No. Other Location students are expected to direct their invigilator to contact with questions.

    Is my off-campus exam schedule in my local time, or Vancouver PST time?

    All student exam schedules are listed in your local time.

    What if I decide not to write the off-campus exam – do I get an exam application fee refund?

    In order to receive a refund, you must notify Enrolment Services that you are cancelling your off-campus exam at least 4 weeks before the exam period starts. If you contact us within 4 weeks of the exam period, we can cancel your off-campus exam, but you will not receive a refund for the exam application fee.

    What happens if I am sick on the day of the exam and do not show up to write?

    If you are unable to attend your exam sitting for any unforeseen reason, your exam will be recorded as a “no-show” and returned to your instructor. It will be your responsibility to contact your Faculty Advising Office to apply for a Deferred Standing.

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