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Examinations and Grades

6.1.6 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.

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 90 calendar days after the date of writing the initial examination. The supplemental exam must be requested within the Exam Request and Completion Deadlines.

NOTE: Not all post-secondary institutions will accept a course where a supplemental exam has been written. Students taking an AU course on a Letter of Permission from another post-secondary institution should check first to see if that institution will accept a course for transfer where a supplemental exam has been written. Returning an Unwritten Supplemental Examination

If a student is unable to write the supplemental exam, an AU-approved invigilator or an AU-approved invigilation centre must hold the unwritten examination for a period of 10 business days after the scheduled write date. Although it is expected that an AU-approved invigilator or an AU-approved invigilation centre will endeavor to accommodate scheduling changes, neither person is under any obligation to reschedule a new write date.

Unwritten supplemental examinations must be returned immediately after the expiry of the 10 business day hold period. If the exam is not being written at an Athabasca University centre, it is expected that the AU-approved invigilator or the AU-approved invigilation centre will initiate the return process on the next business day following the expiry of the 10 business day hold period.

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

The regulations surrounding supplementary examination security are the same as regular examination security. See Examination Security for more information.



Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated June 28 2016 by laurab

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