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Can I write a supplemental final exam in any Biochemistry course?

You can write a supplemental exam in any Biochemisty course that has a written final examination.

The regulations for writing supplemental exams are published in the University Calendar.

Who is eligible to write a supplemental exam?

Students who obtain a final grade of 45, 46, 47, 48, or 49 are eligible to write a supplemental exam provided that they have a passing grade on their term-mark. In practice this means that you must have a passing mark on your midterm(s) and assignment(s).

Will I be told if I am eligible?

No.

We will not contact you if you are eligible. It is your responsibility to check your final grade once grades are released. If you have a final grade of 45, 46, 47, 48, or 49, then you should contact us to see if you are eligible and you should decide if you wish to apply to write the supplemental exam.

How do I apply to write a supplemental final exam?

You must pay a $50 fee at the Cashier's Office and then bring the receipt to the Department General Office where you will complete a form requesting the supplemental exam.

You will not be permitted to write the exam unless there is proof that the fee has been paid.

When will the supplemental final exam be held?

The supplemental exam is usually scheduled before or during the first week of classes of the following semester.

Supplemental exams for FALL semester courses are typically scheduled during the first week of classes. NOTE that some instructors will schedule their exams before the start of classes and you may have to return to St. John's early to write the exam.

Supplemental exams for WINTER semester courses are typically held in the last week of April or first week of May and nearly always before the start of spring semester classes.

What are the rules for deferring a final exam?

The regulations for deferring a final exam are published in the University Calendar: Exemptions From Final Examinations and Procedures for Applying to Write Deferred Examinations.

How do I apply to write a deferred final exam?

You must complete an application for a deferred examination at the Department General Office. You must also provide supporting documents to verify your request:

In the case of sudden illness, you must have a note from your physician indicating that you were treated on the day of the examination for the illness that caused you to miss the exam. In the case of ongoing illness, your doctor's note must clearly indicate that you have been under their care continuously.

NOTE: We do not want or need to know details of your medical history BUT doctor's notes must be sufficiently informative to justify your request. "Mary Brown has the flu. Please excuse her from her exam" is NOT sufficient.

In the case of bereavement, an obituary notice from the newspaper or some other statement showing your relationship to a deceased family member should be provided.

In the case of requests to defer the middle exam of three in 24 hrs, you must provide us with a copy of your personal exam schedule which you can prepare using StudentWeb.

When will the deferred final exam be held?

Deferred exams are usually scheduled before or during the first week of classes of the following semester.

Deferred exams for FALL semester courses are typically scheduled during the first week of classes. NOTE that some instructors will schedule their exams before the start of classes and you may have to return to St. Johns early to write the exam.

Deferred exams for WINTER semester courses are typically held in the last week of April or first week of May and nearly always before the start of spring semester classes.

Is the format of supplemental and deferred exams the same as the original exam?

Both supplemental and deferred exams will be similar in length and in difficulty to the original exams. However, the format will not necessarily be the same as that of the original exam. You will need to check with your course instructor to determine the format of a particular exam

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