Exam Central

Welcome to Exam Central!

Are You Ready for Exams?

Use this page as your one-stop-shop for everything exam related. From when and where your exams are, to study tips, exam accommodations and where you can eat during exams, all of your exam related questions can be answered below. As always, if you have any questions about exams, please do not hesitate to contact one of the various offices listed below for support. We are here to support you through the stress of exams!

 

 

Select one of the questions below to obtain further information on that topic:

When and where are my exams?

Exam Time & Location

The date, time and location of your exams can be found on the Exam Timetable. Please select your campus below for a the list of exams:

If your class(es) do not appear on the exam timetable, you may not have a scheduled final exam, and you will need to contact your instructor for more information.

What kind of academic supports do I have access to during exams?

Student Success Centre

Need help with studying, time management, course material, or exam prep? These are only a few things that the Student Success Centre (SSC) can help you with. The SSC provides academic support to all Lakehead students - you can access their website by clicking here, or you can book an appointment with a Student Success Advisor by logging into the mySuccess portal!

Some of the resources that can be accessed through the SSC are as follows:

  • Time Management Strategies
  • Reading & Note Taking tips
  • Study Skills & Exam prep
  • Getting back on track with your academics
  • Lynda.com

Exam Support

During exam time, you are encouraged to reach out to Student Success to make use of the various resources they have available. If you don't feel ready for your exams, or if you're not the best test-taker, Student Success can assist in understanding exam formats, preparing a study plan, and helping to learn strategies for writing different types of exams (i.e. multiple choice exams, essay exams, etc.).

Academic Support Zone

In addition to the resources offered through the SSC, students also have access to unlimited free group tutoring through the Academic Support Zone. Here, students can receive free tutoring from experts in the field. This also provides a great opportunity to meet some of your classmates and discuss some common problems that you might face with the work. Furthermore, you are able to work together to better understand the concepts you need to know.

For information on the Academic Support Zone click here, and for a complete schedule of which classes are being tutored and at which times on the Thunder Bay campus, check out the Tutoring Support schedule found here. For more information on Peer Tutoring Support in Orillia, please email orillia.ssc@lakeheadu.ca.

Contacting the Student Success Centre:

Thunder Bay Campus:

SC 0008
Phone: (807) 343-8018

Hours: 

  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)
  • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Wednesday)

Orillia Campus:

OR 1031
Phone: (705) 330-4008 ext. 2118

Hours: 

  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)
  • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Wednesday)
How do I look into getting accommodations for my final exams?

Student Accessibility Services

If you are registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS), or if you have specific accommodation needs during your scheduled final exam, there are a number of supports to help you be successful in completing your exams. Whether you require more time to write the exam, or if you need breaks in between, Student Accessibility Services can help with making those accommodations.

If you would like to look further into getting some accommodations for your exams, we recommend contacting Student Accessibility Services to register. If you're already registered with SAS, you will still need to complete some paperwork.

To request accommodations, you will first need to submit an Examination Accommodation Form to SAS by the due date specified on the form (typically November for December exams, and March for April exams). On the form, for each course, list the date and time of the exam and the required approved accommodations required. Please keep in mind that you may not require all of your accommodations depending on the type of exam, thus it is recommended that you connect with your instructor prior to submitting the request. Once the Examination Accommodation Form is completed, please return it to SAS in person, or via email to access.sas@lakeheadu.ca.

Contacting Student Accessibility Services:

Thunder Bay Campus:

SC 0003
Phone: (807) 343-8047

Hours: 

  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)
  • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Wednesday)

Orillia Campus:

OA 1030
Phone: (705) 330-4008 ext. 2103

Hours: 

  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)
  • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (Wednesday)
What can I do to help ease the stress of exams?

Stressed about Exams? Student Health & Wellness is here to help!

Whether you're stressed about exams, or having a hard time coping with other life events, Student Health & Wellness is here to support you. Between their highly trained team of physicians, nurses, counselors and staff, Student Health & Wellness provides holistic, evidence-informed health and wellness services to meet the diverse needs of the Lakehead population. These services are available for both full- and part-time students enroled at Lakehead.

Don't Stress the Test

During exam time, Student Health and Wellness will be holding sessions on how to better manage the stress of exam time. These sessions will include tips, strategies and skills for exam success.

The Don't Stress the Test sessions will be held in room 5002 of the Chancellor Paterson Library on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 19, 2018 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Mindfulness Meditation:

Each week during exam time, Student Health and Wellness will also be holding four free meditation sessions. Below is a list of times and locations for the sessions:

  • Monday, 1:15pm - 1:45pm at Student Health and Wellness
  • Tuesday, 11:45am - 12:15pm at Student Health and Wellness
  • Wednesday, 3:00pm - 3:30pm at LI 5002
  • Friday, 11:30am - 12:00pm at the International Centre (LI 0026)

Need someone to talk to? Consider attending the Elder in Residence Program!

Elder Beatrice Twance-Hynes - November 21st, 28th from 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Elder Gerry Martin - November 22nd, 29th from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Aboriginal Student Lounge

Contacting Student Health and Wellness

Student Health and Counseling
Prettie Residence (Entrance at roadside)
Phone: (807) 343-8361

The hours of operation for Student Health & Wellness are as follows:

  • 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)
  • 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Thursday)

If you are experiencing an emergency, please reach out to one of the following services:

  • Urgent Help: 911
  • Campus Security: (807) 343-8911
  • Crisis Response Services: (807) 346-8282
  • Post-Secondary Student Helpline: 1 (866) 925-5454
What happens if I fail an exam? Do I have any options?

Failing exams happens - what's important is that you address the situation as soon as possible. If you have failed an exam, you have a few options moving forward:

Special Exams:

The privilege of writing special examinations is limited to any undergraduate student who has:

(i) Failed the course but attained a grade of at least 40% in each course for which a special examination is requested; OR
(ii) Passed the course but failed to attain the minimum grade required in the course; OR
(iii) Passed the course but failed to attain the required cumulative average to carry on with his/her program.

Furthermore, students can only request to write a special exam for official final exams found on the exam timetable - that is, if your final exam was not an official final exam, you cannot request to write a special exam for that course.

Keep in mind that students can write a maximum of two full course equivalents (2.0 FCEs) in special exams while in any one program, and only the weight of the final exam will be be replaced - not the entire course mark.

Repeating Courses

If you are not eligible to write a special exam, or if you choose not to, you also have the option to retake the course in a future term. Keep in mind, if the course that you failed was a requirement for your program, you will need to retake the course at some point prior to graduation. If on the other hand the course that you failed was an elective, then you wouldn't necessarily have to retake the course if you didn't want to - with that being said, that grade will remain on your transcript and continue to be included in your average.

When repeating courses, there are some important regulations to note. In particular, all courses can be repeated twice, meaning that a course can be taken a total of three times. Additionally, if a course is repeated, the most recent mark is always used in the average calculation, regardless of whether it is better or worse than the previous attempt. In addition, if a credit is obtained on a previous attempt (i.e. you pass the course the first time but repeat it for a better mark) and then failed on the next attempt, that credit is lost.

Ultimately, if you decide to repeat courses, this may add some extra time to your studies, or you may need to go into course overload or takes courses during the Spring/Summer term to catch up. With that being said, there's always options, and you are encouraged to contact Student Central if you have any questions about this.

What if I miss an exam due to illness?

If you encounter a circumstance beyond your control such as serious illness or death or an immediate family member, you have some options.

If you miss a formal exam due to an incapacitating illness:

  • the Request to Write a Missed Exam - Certificate of Illness or Incapacitation must be completed by a Medical Professional (other medical notes will not be accepted)
  • the Certificate must be submitted no later than three (3) working days after the date of the original final examination. The Request to Write a Missed Exam - Certificate of Illness or Incapacitation must be dated as seen by the Medical Professional no later than one (1) working day after the examination or three (3) working days if being seen by the Student Health & Wellness Centre (on campus).
  • Payment of the $35.00 Deferred Exam Fee (paid at Student Accounts) for each missed exam
  • If paying through Accounts, proof of payment of the Deferred Exam Fee must be submitted with the Certificate of Illness or Incapacitation Form.

If you miss a formal exam due to other exceptional circumstances:

  • official supporting documentation must be provided (e.g. copy of a death certificate or letter from the funeral home) and submitted no later than three (3) working days after the date of the original final examination.
  • Payment of the $35.00 Deferred Exam Fee (paid at Student Accounts) for each missed exam
  • If paying through Accounts, proof of payment of the Deferred Exam Fee must be submitted with the supporting documentation.

Official documentation must be dropped off at:

Student Central
Thunder Bay Campus: UC 1002 (next to the Agora)
Orillia Campus: Simcoe Hall

For questions or to check on the status of your deferred exam, contact: Nikki McCourt, Administrative Assistant at:
admin.vpsa@lakeheadu.ca
(807) 343-8522

Accommodation shall be granted only when the documentation indicates that the onset, duration and severity of the illness or other circumstances are such that the student could not have reasonably been expected to complete the examination on the scheduled date.

What if I can't write an exam during the formal exam period due to religious or creed-based holidays, leaves or ritual observances?

A student who is unable to write an exam during the formal exam period (e.g. December, April) for religious or creed-based holidays, leaves and ritual observances, must submit a Creed and Religious Accommodation Agreement (Exams) to Enrolment Services no later than three weeks prior to the start of the final exam period for that term.

Deadlines: November 15th (December Exam Period) and March 15th (April Exam Period)

Upon approval, Enrolment Services, in conjunction with the instructor, will schedule an alternative exam date within the examination period for that term. Students will be notified of the reschedules date via their Lakehead University email address.

The Creed and Religious Accommodation Agreement (Exams) for can be found here.

Where can I study during exams?

During exam time, Lakehead keeps many services open late to accommodate those late night study sessions. There are a number of places on campus where students can study, and many of them have extended hours during exam time.

Chancellor Paterson Library

During the exam period, the Chancellor Paterson Library (the main library on campus) will be extending their hours as follows:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 AM
Saturday - Sunday: 10:30 AM - 3:00 AM
 

Don't forget that each Tuesday night there will be therapy dogs in the library. Come visit to ease some stress and take a break from studying!

Which food vendors are open during the exam period?
 
Outpost
DateOpensCloses
Saturday, December 1ClosedClosed
Sunday, December 2ClosedClosed
Monday, December 39:00 AM8:00 PM
Tuesday, December 49:00 AM2:00 AM
Wednesday, December 59:00 AM8:00 PM
Thursday, December 69:00 AM8:00 PM
Friday, December 79:00 AM8:00 PM
Saturday, December 89:00 AM8:00 PM
Sunday, December 99:00 AM8:00 PM
Monday, December 1010:00 AM4:00 PM
Tuesday, December 1110:00 AM4:00 PM
Wednesday, December 1210:00 AM4:00 PM
Thursday, December 1310:00 AM4:00 PM
Friday, December 1410:00 AM4:00 PM
Saturday, December 1510:00 AM4:00 PM
Sunday, December 1610:00 AM4:00 PM
The Study
DateOpensCloses
Saturday, December 1ClosedClosed
Sunday, December 2ClosedClosed
Monday, December 38:30 AM9:00 PM
Tuesday, December 48:30 AM9:00 PM
Wednesday, December 58:30 AM9:00 PM
Thursday, December 68:30 AM9:00 PM
Friday, December 78:30 AM9:00 PM
Saturday, December 810:00 AM5:00 PM
Sunday, December 910:00 AM5:00 PM
Monday, December 108:00 AM4:00 PM
Tuesday, December 118:00 AM4:00 PM
Wednesday, December 128:00 AM4:00 PM
Thursday, December 138:00 AM4:00 PM
Friday, December 148:00 AM3:00 PM
Saturday, December 15ClosedClosed
Sunday, December 16ClosedClosed

 

Contact Information

If you are looking for support throughout the exam period, the entire Student Affairs team is here to help. For your convenience, you can find below contact information for all of the departments/resources that have been mentioned above:

Student Health and Wellness

Thunder Bay Campus:

Student Health and Wellness
Prettie Residence (Entrance at roadside)
Phone: (807) 343-8361

Hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM
  • Thursday: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Orillia Campus:

Wellness Centre
OR 1015
Phone: (705) 330-4008 ext. 2115

Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Student Accessibility Services

Thunder Bay Campus:

SC 0003
Phone: (807) 343-8047

Hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Orillia Campus:

OA 1030
Phone: (705) 330-4008 ext. 2103

Hours: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Student Central

Thunder Bay Campus:

UC 1002
Phone: (807) 343-8500

Hours: 

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Orillia Campus:

Front Desk, Simcoe Hall
Phone: (705) 330-4008 ext. 2100

Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services

Thunder Bay Campus:

RC 0002
Phone: (807) 343-8085

Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Orillia Campus:

OR 1016
Phone: (705) 330-4008 ext. 2018

Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Student Success Centre
 

Thunder Bay Campus:

SC 0008
Phone: (807) 343-8018

Hours: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Orillia Campus:

OR 1031
Phone: (705) 330-4008 ext. 2118

Hours: 

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesdays: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM