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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Faculty of Science 3. Faculty Regulations 3.6 Assessment
3.6 Assessment
A. Missed Components of Term Work

Any student who is absent from a test or fails to complete a laboratory assignment or similar work for legitimate reasons must discuss an alternative course of action with the instructor. The regulations covering such circumstances are outlined in the sections titled E.3 Attendance and G.2.3 Deferral of Term Work in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar. Notification of such eventualities must be given to the instructor within 48 hours.

B. Deferral of Final Examinations

See G.3.4 in Academic Regulations for the general University regulations governing the deferral of final examinations.

Misreading the examination timetable is not a valid reason for requesting a deferred final examination.

In the event of a foreseeable absence from a final examination, an application for a deferral must be made prior to the examination. In the event of an unforeseen absence from an examination, the Associate Dean (Undergraduate), or designate, should be notified as soon as possible and an application made within two business days of the examination. Applications made after the deadline, listed on the application form, will not be considered.

C. Supplemental Examinations

Supplemental examinations provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate competence in a course by re-writing the final examination. The primary goal is to allow students a chance to earn a "C-" grade in the course so they can use the course as a prerequisite. As such, if a student passes a supplemental examination, a "C-" will be the highest grade a student can achieve. If a student fails the supplemental examination, the original grade will stand.

Supplemental examinations are not available for all courses. Availability of supplemental exams is guaranteed only for courses that explicitly indicate on their official course outline that a supplemental examination is possible.


  • No more than two supplemental examination privileges, in any University of Calgary course, may be granted to a student in one academic year,
  • No more than four supplemental examination privileges will be granted to a student over their whole degree program.
  • Only one supplemental exam will be allowed per course.

Supplemental examinations will normally be offered at the same time as deferred final examination for that course, during Spring/Summer intersession, or block weeks. Supplemental examinations may be in a different format than the regular final examination but will cover the same course material as the regular final examination. Supplemental examinations are not normally allowed for deferred examinations. Exceptions require approval from the Dean or designate.

Supplemental exams do not replace the deferred examination process as outlined in section G.3.4 in Academic Regulations by meeting the criteria set out below.

You are eligible for a supplemental examination if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your GPA over your most recent coursework, up to 30 units, is 2.00 or greater,
  • You have earned a cumulative grade of "C-" or better on coursework (e.g. laboratories, assignments, mid-term examinations, quizzes), and
  • You achieved the minimum grade for any required term-work components as indicated on the course outline e.g. requirement to pass the lab component).

You are not eligible for a supplemental examination if you:

  • Have been previously allowed to write a supplemental examination for the course.
  • Earned a final grade greater than a "D+" in the course.
  • Did not write the final or an approved deferred final examination in the course.
  • Were assigned a failing grade in the course due to academic misconduct.
  • Are a graduate student.

Application Process:

Students who are eligible for a supplemental examination will be notified by the department offering the course. Students who indicate that they want to write the supplemental examination will be required to pay a $150.00 fee.