Exams & Grades

UPDATE: Lakehead University has implemented a temporary change to the numeric grading scheme in recognition of the impact on student learning for Year-Long 2019/20 and Winter 2020 courses. View here for more information.

UPDATE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Lakehead University will not have any in-person exams this academic term.  Please check with your instructor about how they will be modifying the final assessment for their course with regards to timing and/or delivery. If you have any questions, contact schedule@lakeheadu.ca

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All About Exams

Depending on the courses in which you are enrolled, they may have midterm exams and/or final exams. As a student, it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware if you have an exam, the location, date and time of the exam as well as the rules that govern the exam process. For most programs, final exams are normally conducted twice during the Fall/Winter term during a December exam period and an April exam period. You must remain available for your exams and ensure any travel plans do not conflict with the exam dates and periods including the exam contingency dates.  


Exam Timetables

Depending on the courses in which you are enrolled, they may have midterm exams and/or final exams. As a student, it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware if you have an exam, the location, date and time of the exam as well as the rules that govern the exam process. For most programs, final exams are normally conducted twice during the Fall/Winter term during a December exam period and an April exam period. You must remain available for your exams and ensure any travel plans do not conflict with the exam dates and periods including the exam contingency dates.  


Special Exams Overview

Note: The grade obtained following a special exam cannot be converted to a PCR, FNC, or W, as per the temporary grading scheme.

Special exams may provide you with the opportunity to "retake" an exam for a particular course, should you meet the specific criteria. You must be approved to write a special exam based on the criteria set out in the Special Exam regulation. 


Understanding Your Grades

For each of your courses, you will be assigned a grade. The type of grade you may receive can vary. For some courses, you may receive a numeric grade, while in others you may receive a Pass/Fail or other type of grade. Normally, you can verify the type of grading scheme for each course by referring to your course syllabus. Throughout your course, your instructor may provide you with your in-progress grades. Checking on your progress is a good idea to ensure you continue to stay on track.

Upon completion of your course, you will be issued a final grade which will appear on your Academic Transcript. 


Transcript

UPDATE: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Enrolment Services is temporarily suspending official transcript production. You can access an unofficial copy of your transcript at any time in myInfo on the Student tab by selecting the My Unofficial Transcript link under the Grades & Transcript heading.

A transcript is an official document of your academic record at Lakehead University and contains courses taken, grades achieved and credentials awarded including: degrees, diplomas, certificates, minors and specializations with the date they were awarded. Your Lakehead University transcript shows your complete academic history from your initial point of contact until the date it is printed. On the reverse of the official transcript, you will find a legend which explains credit weight, abbreviations and Lakehead University's grading system.  

Only a hard copy transcript issued from Enrolment Services is an official document of your academic record.  Please note there is a fee of $15.00 for official transcripts.