Exams

Where is my midterm/final exam?

The final exam time of a course is most often determined by the first meeting date and time of the course that occurs during the first full week of the term. For example a course that meets for the first time on Monday at 0800 may have a final exam time of Wednesday at 1200. You can view the final by class meeting hours schedule by term. The final exam is typically held in the regular meeting location for the course.

Courses scheduled in Part of Term (PoT) 5A, the first five weeks of the term, will sit for finals during the last scheduled class meeting the fifth week of the term. Courses scheduled in PoT 5B, those offered weeks 6-10, will be scheduled during finals week, according to class meeting hours.

Courses with multiple sections may request group midterms or finals. Use these links to the web-viewer tool to see the date, time and location of:

  • Group Midterms link on the Office of the Registrar's home page under Grading and Exams.
  • Group Finals link on the Office of the Registrar's home page under Grading and Exams.

Exam Conflicts

In accordance with the exam conflict resolution policy, instructors who can make arrangements to reschedule an exam for a student may do so upon their own authority; no further approvals are required. If the instructor is unable to accommodate a rescheduled exam time a student may complete a Petition to Change Time of Final Exam. The petition is available only at the Office of the Registrar in the Kerr Administration Building. Petitions for changing final examinations are submitted directly to the instructor. Students may forward disapproved petitions through the dean of the college to the Office of the Registrar.

Final Exams

Final exams are 110 minutes in length and scheduled according to the first class meeting or, in the case of group finals, according to the group final schedule (available by clicking on Group Finals on the Office of the Registrar's home page under Grading and Exams). Instructors may request to change the time of their final exam in accordance with the final examination policy. The request must be submitted by the end of the fifth week of the term and include the endorsement of the department chair and dean. If approved, accommodations must be made to provide the exam on the originally scheduled date and time for those students who are unable to take the exam at the new date/time. Final exams are not to be held during Dead Week. Any requests to hold a final exam during Dead Week must be addressed to the Academic Requirements Committee.

Group Exams

Group exams are given in accordance with the criteria of the group midterm examination policy or the group final exam policy.

Who qualifies for a group exam? A course qualifies for a group midterm if it consists of three or more sections, or two sections of an anticipated enrollment of 150 or more students. All sections of the course constitute the group.

How does a department request a group exam? Departments may request a group midterm by forwarding a request, endorsed by the dean, to the Office of the Registrar no later than the second Friday of the term. Requests for a group final must be endorsed by the dean and submitted to the Office of the Registrar in time to meet the publication deadline for the forthcoming Schedule of Classes.

How long are group exams? Group midterms are one class period in length. Group finals are 110 minutes in length.

Exam Policies

Group Midterm Examination Policy

(Policy as reviewed and modified by the Committee on Examinations 1987–88 and approved by Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.)

  1. Group midterm examinations exist in order to facilitate the administration of courses with multiple sections (where the midterm examination is common to all sections).

  2. A course qualifies for a group midterm if it consists of three or more sections or two sections of an anticipated enrollment of 150 or more students. All sections of the course constitute the group.

  3. Requests for group midterms should be addressed to the Office of the Registrar. Departments originating such requests should obtain a forwarding endorsement from the appropriate Dean. The request should include the date, time, and the number of students and sections. Requests must be received not later than the second Friday of the term. Requests will normally be granted assuming space is available and no conflicts exist. Requests will be scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  4. Group midterm examinations will be scheduled at 1900 for one regular class period. No group midterm examinations will be scheduled before 1900.

  5. In the case of group midterm examinations, provisions must be made to administer an equivalent make-up examination to students who for a good reason cannot attend a specially-scheduled group midterm examination. The following exemplify reasons that could justifiably prevent a student from taking a group midterm examination: a schedule conflict, job, lengthy commuting distance, etc. Classes required to take a group midterm examination will have one designated class period canceled. These policies also apply to midterms in all courses administered outside regular class meeting times.

Group Final Exam Policy

(Policy as reviewed and modified by the Committee on Examinations 1987–88 and approved by Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.)

  1. Group final examinations exist in order to facilitate the administration of courses with multiple sections (where the final examination is common to all sections).
  2. A course qualifies for a group final if it consists of three or more sections, or two sections and an anticipated enrollment of 150 or more students. Normally all sections of the course constitute the group.
  3. Group final examinations will be the same length of time (110 minutes) as other examinations.
  4. Requests for group final examinations should be addressed to the Office of the Registrar. Departments originating such requests should obtain a forwarding endorsement from the appropriate Dean. Normally these requests should be submitted in order to meet publication dates for the forthcoming Schedule of Classes.
  5. In the case of group final examinations, provisions must be made to administer separate examinations to students with conflicts (examinations in two or more courses scheduled on the same day and time). Conflicts between two group final exams will be resolved in accordance with the instructions in Exam Conflict Resolution section below. For conflicts between regular and group final exams, the group final course must provide the alternate examination.

Final Examination Policy

(Policy as reviewed and modified by the Committee on Examinations 1987–88 and approved by Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.)

  1. Final examinations are administered during the final class meeting, in accordance with the "Final Week Schedule" as published in the Schedule of Classes. Final examinations shall not be given during "dead week." (See Academic Regulation #16).
  2. Final examinations will be 110 minutes (1 hour 50 minutes) long.
  3. Requests for a change in the time of a final examination should be submitted by the instructor to the Office of the Registrar prior to the end of the fifth week of the term in which the examination is scheduled. The request must contain the supporting endorsements of the department chair and dean.
  4. If a final examination is rescheduled, provisions must be made to administer the examination on the originally scheduled date/time to those students unable to accommodate the rescheduled examination.

Exam Conflict Resolution

  • Conflicts should be resolved Friday 1200 or Friday 1400, or at the mutual convenience of the instructor and student. Order of priority in determining which class takes precedence in the event of conflicts: Institution-required courses, major courses, minor courses, electives.
  • Examinations are given in regular classrooms unless different rooms are requested through the deans and assigned by the scheduling coordinator, Office of the Registrar.
  • Examination periods are 110 min. (1 hour, 50 min.)

Student Petitions to Change the Time of a Final Examination:
Policies and Procedures

(Policy as reviewed and modified by the Committee on Examinations 1987–88 and approved by Academic Affairs with the concurrence of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.)

  1. A student request to change the time of a final examination is made on a Petition for Change in Time of an Examination During Final Week form available at the Office of the Registrar. (A Summary of University Final Examination policy and AR 16 is printed on the form.)

  2. Petitions for changing a final examination are submitted directly to the appropriate instructor. Oregon State University instructors are committed to helping students achieve their personal and academic goals. However, rescheduling a final examination may not be possible even for the most meritorious reasons. For example, there may not be time to design and prepare an equivalent make-up examination for individual students.

  3. In June 1988, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee recommended that instructors who can make arrangements for a rescheduled final examination may approve student petitions for any reasons they feel are appropriate. No further approval is required.

  4. Students may forward disapproved petitions through the dean of the college to the university registrar for review. Approvals are normally limited to the following reasons:

    1. Conflict with working hours on a job that has been held during the term, and for which working schedules cannot be readily adjusted. Example: driving a school bus.
    2. Religious reasons.
    3. Four finals in one day. Where amicable agreement cannot be reached by the student and the instructors, a solution following the rules on schedule conflicts in the Registration Information Handbook or online will be used.
    4. Military obligations verified in writing. Example: military orders, preinduction physicals.
    5. Other exceptional hardship cases.

    Petitions for reasons of personal convenience are generally not approved.

  5. A request to change the assigned final examination time for an entire class must be forwarded via the instructor, department chair, and dean to the Office of the Registrar. A request to change a final examination to dead week must be addressed to the Academic Requirements Committee. Appropriate forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.

Ecampus Testing Policies

Ecampus follows the same examination policies set by the university. Some of your distance courses will require you to take proctored exams. Your instructor will indicate this requirement via the course catalog, course syllabus, a classroom announcement, or an email. Not all of your courses will require proctored exams. Ecampus recommends completing the required proctoring forms at least 1 to 2 weeks prior to your exam. The Ecampus Testing Coordinator is available if you have questions or problems and can be contacted at 1-541-737-9281. Additional information on Ecampus testing, including a step-by-step guide for scheduling, can be found at http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/services/proctoring

Final Examination Schedule by Group Exams & Class Meeting Hours

Spring 2020 Final Examinations

Times for Final Examinations in most classes are determined by hour of first weekly lecture of the first full week of the term. (Courses that begin during zero week of the term will be determined by the first meeting of week one.)

  • For example:
    • A class meeting for the first time on M 0800 or 0830 will have its final examination Spring term on Monday at 1800.
    • A class having its first lecture on Wednesday or Friday will follow the Monday listing.
    • A class having its first lecture on Thursday or Saturday will follow the Tuesday listing.
  • Classes with start times at "1700 or after" are listed below.
  • *A class having its first meeting at a time not listed below will follow the T 1600 listing.
  • Part of Term 5A and 5B:
    • Courses scheduled in Part of Term (PoT) 5A (weeks 1-5), will sit for finals during the last scheduled class meeting the fifth week of the term.
    • Courses scheduled in PoT 5B (weeks 6-10) will be scheduled during finals week, according to the final exam schedule below.

Where warranted by enrollment or number of sections, certain courses will have group examinations as indicated on this page under "Schedule of Group Examinations."

Finals by Class Meeting Hours

Spring Term, June 8-12, 2020

First Weekly Meeting

Final Exam

Day

Time

Day

Time

M

0800 or 0830

M

1800

M

0900

T

1200

M

1000

T

1800

M

1100

R

1800

M

1200

F

730

M

1300

W

930

M

1400

W

1400

M

1500

M

930

M

1600

M

1400

M

1700 or after

M

2000

T

0800 or 0830

R

930

T

0900

F

930

T

1000

W

1200

T

1100

T

930

T

1200

W

1800

T

1300

M

1200

T

1400

R

1200

T

1500

T

1400

T

1600*

R

1400

T

1700 or after

T

2000

W

1700 or after

T

2000

R

1700 or after

R

2000

F

1700 or after

F

2000

SPRING 2020: Final Examination Schedule by Group Examinations

Examination times for the following courses will be used in place of the time in the scheduled by class meeting hours.

 

SPRING Term: JUNE 8-12, 2020

Day/Time

Day/Time

Day/Time

MON 0730

MON 1600

MON 2000

MTH 111

BA 240

BA 230

MTH 254

BI 213 / 213H

COMM 111

MTH 256

PH 211

PH 203

ST 201

 

PH 213

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUES 0730

TUES 1600

TUES 2000

BA 275 / 275H

BA 352

ACTG 378/ 378H

CH 233

 

MTH 251

MTH 112

MTH 341

MTH 252

ST 314

ST 352

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WED 0730

WED 1600

WED 2000

BA 260 / 260H

ANS 317

 

CH 123

MTH 231

 

CH 232

MTH 241

 

PH 104

PH 212

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

THURS 0730

THURS 1600

THURS 2000

ACTG 321

ACTG 319

 

 

FIN 444/544