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7.6 Supplemental Examinations

If you are not satisfied with your initial examination mark (supplemental examinations do not apply to assignments, quizzes, or challenge courses) you may request and write one supplemental examination for each midterm or final exam required in your course. The higher of the two marks will be used in calculating your final course grade.

If the supplemental exam is written after the course contract end date, you are not required to apply for a course extension.

Athabasca University charges a non-refundable fee for a supplemental examination. To avoid delay, ensure that this fee accompanies the Examination Request Form. Unwritten/multiple examinations do not apply to supplemental examinations, which are written as requested.

  Supplemental examination fee
  Examination Request Form



In order to request a supplemental examination, you must complete and submit the Examination Request Form to the Office of the Registrar so that the form will arrive no later than three months after the date of writing the initial examination. The supplemental exam must be written within one month of submitting the Examination Request Form.

Because postal and courier times vary, please request your examination well in advance of your requested write date. If you don't allow enough time, Athabasca University cannot guarantee that your examination will arrive before your requested write date.

Examination Request Form


7.6.1 Returning an Unwritten Supplemental Examination

If a student is unable to write the supplemental exam, an approved invigilator or an approved invigilation centre (AI or AIC) must hold the unwritten examination for a period of five days after the scheduled write date. Although it is expected that an AI or AIC will endeavor to accommodate scheduling changes, neither person is under an obligation to reschedule a new write date.

Unwritten supplemental examinations must be returned immediately after the expiry of the five-day hold period. If the exam is not being written at an Athabasca University Learning Centre, it is expected that the AI or AIC will initiate the return process on the next business day following the expiry of the five business-day hold period.

An unwritten supplemental examination that has been returned to the University may not be re-requested.


7.6.2 Examination Security

For exam security reasons, Athabasca University reserves the right to delay the shipment of examinations that have a write date scheduled well into the future. Whenever possible, examinations are shipped to an approved invigilator or an approved invigilation centre so that the exams arrive approximately one week before the write date.


· email Examination Services, Office of the Registrar
· Requesting an Examination


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