Missing an Examination

Students are expected to write their final exams at the end of their courses and are strongly discouraged from missing a final exam. The decision to miss your final exam should not be a hasty one. There are support services available on campus that are designed to support you throughout the year to meet your needs.

If you are facing extenuating circumstances that make it impossible for you to write your final exam such as an illness or death of a close family member, you may submit a petition with supporting documentation to request permission to defer writing your exam(s) until the next final exam period or in the study break that immediately precedes it. In rescheduling a deferred exam, the University reserves the right to accommodate your request by scheduling it at any time during the following session.

Potential consequences

Think about your short term and long term goals, and ask yourself how ready you are now versus how ready you will be later. You should be aware of the following:

  • You are the only one who can decide whether you are well enough to write your exam, or if you are incapacitated and must petition to defer your exam. You must accept the result of the choice you make
  • The deferred exam may differ from the format of a standard final exam
  • You should not expect special assistance from your instructor or the examiner in preparation for a deferred exam
  • Special accommodations will not be granted to you in the next exam period if your deferred exam is granted, scheduled, and then results in three consecutive exams
  • You have not earned credit in a course if you are granted permission to defer an exam. If the course is a prerequisite to any course you wish to take in the following semester, you may not enrol in it
  • If your petition for a deferred exam is granted, you are required to reduce your next semester course load by the credit value of your deferred exam(s)
  • You will be writing your deferred exam at the same time as your next session's final exams.
Missed your exam? Learn about the petition process, and the steps to take to request approval to write a deferred exam
Final exams are a stressful time for all students. Here are some great support services at UTSC to help get you through the final weeks.