Missed Tests & Exams video transcript

 
Let's say you've got a big test or exam coming up. Every minute of the days leading up to the test, you study. You read your textbooks in the shower, review flash cards as you eat dinner, and dream about your study notes as you sleep. The day of the test finally comes around... and then you have an emergency and can't write it anymore. What do you do?
 
The first thing to do is determine if you're about to miss a term test or a final exam. A term test takes place on or before the last day of class, while a final exam is held during the exam period after the last class. 
 
Simple, right? Well, there's one tricky situation to watch out for. Some Y courses hold term tests during the F course exam period, but these aren't considered exams because they don't take place at the end of the course. If you're not sure it's a term test or an exam, check with your course instructor.
 
So what should you do if you miss a term test? Follow the procedure listed in the course syllabus. You don't need to contact the Office of the Registrar if you've missed a term test.
 
Final exams are a bit different. If you're just running late for an exam, what you do next depends on how late you are. If you're less than 30 minutes late, head straight to the room where the exam is being held. You'll still be able to write it, but you won't be given any extra time. If you're more than 30 minutes late, seek assistance at the Office of the Registrar instead. 
 
But what if you've completely missed an exam because of circumstances beyond your control? The first thing you need to do is declare your absence by logging in to ACORN, clicking "Profile & Settings” and then clicking “Absence Declaration." You need to declare your absence on the day of the exam, or the day after.
 
Once that's done, there are three steps you need to take within 72 hours of the exam you missed:
 
First, petition to defer your exam online. If you know ahead of time that you're going to miss an exam, like if you've got surgery scheduled during the exam period, you can submit the petition before the exam.
 
Second, submit supporting documentation to the Office of the Registrar. If you missed the exam because of medical reasons, you must submit a Verification of Student Illness or Injury form, completed by a physician and dated the day of the exam or the day after. 
 
Lastly, pay the $70 deferred exam fee. You can pay online on the petitions website, or in-person at the Office of the Registrar by debit or credit.
 
If your exam deferral is approved, you'll write the exam the week following the exam period, unless it's a December exam, in which case you'll write it during Reading Week in February.
 
And just so you know, if your reason for missing the exam is "I was on vacation" or "I had to work" -- that won't do. You can't defer an exam for personal commitments, so don't make any plans during the exam period in the first place.
 
So if an emergency keeps you from taking that test or exam you studied so hard for, now you know what to do. If you have any questions, feel free to drop by the Office of the Registrar.