Exam procedures

Know your exam regulations!

  • To check your personalized exam schedule, consult your uoZone account under the Applications tab.

The following items must be brought to each exam:

  • Your official University of Ottawa identification card,
  • Pens, pencils and erasers,
  • Hard copies of any allowed materials for open book exams.

In addition, if you are taking a computerized exam, bring:

  • Your laptop, power cord, battery, extension cord if needed,
  • Your login and password for the eduroam Wi-Fi,
  • Your login and password for ExamSoft.

Please take note of the following exam procedures:

Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before the exam time. Students will not be allowed in the classroom until the set-up is complete.

If you arrive late to your exam, no extra time will be granted. Students who arrive more than thirty (30) minutes after the examination has begun will not be allowed to write the examination.

When admitted to the exam room:

  • Choose a seat:

Students taking a computerized exam will sit in the back of the room,

Students writing the exam manually will sit in the front of the room.

  • Show your official University of Ottawa ID card to the invigilator in order to sign the attendance sheet.

It is your responsibility to bring your identification card to each exam. If you have lost your student ID card, you need to obtain a new one before the start of the exam period. If you don’t have your identification card, you must go to the Common Law Student Centre (FTX 237) before the start of your exam.

  • Plug your computer into a power outlet. Please ensure that all electronic devices are turned off and put away in your bag and placed on the floor.

In accordance with University regulation 9.4 and Faculty regulation 5.2, students are prohibited from using electronic devices or any other communication tool that has not been approved beforehand. The only electronic device that has been approved by the Faculty is a laptop when used in conjunction with the ExamSoft SofTest software.

Listen carefully to the instructions given by the invigilator. Do not start writing or typing before instructed to do so.

All students will be given a paper copy of the exam questionnaire and exam answer booklets in the examination room. Exam booklets should only be used to manually write exams, if you do not manually write your exam do not use an exam booklet. You may write the required information on the cover page (1st page) of your exam booklet during the preparation period. However you may not open nor write in the portion of the booklet reserved for exam responses until the proctor signals the start of the exam.

Please note that software users will be required to hand write their exam if technical issues cannot be addressed successfully (in 5 minutes or less). Extra time will not be granted for time spent resolving computer failures once the exam has started.

Academic regulations pertaining to exam invigilation and academic integrity apply equally to hand writers and software users. Please refer to Rule 5: Invigilation of Examinations and Rule 24: Academic Fraud.

If you are taking a Computerized Exam

1. Double-click the SOFTEST icon on your Windows Desktop or single-click the SOFTEST icon from the Applications folder or Dock on your Mac.



2. Click the TAKE AN EXAM button.

take exam


3. Select your exam from the AVAILABLE EXAMS drop-down list.The text should appear in the ‘Exam Name’ field. If it does not, notify the proctor.



4. If it’s not already there, enter your Exam Taker ID in the IDfield and enter the exam password provided by the proctor.

5. Click START to begin the exam.

Cliquez sur START pour commencer l’examen


6. Read each Notice window carefully and click ‘OK’to advance to the next window. STOP when the last Notice window with the RED SIGN appears.



7. ONLY WHEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO, type ‘begin’ and click the BEGIN button. Follow the invigilator’s instructions regarding when to turn over the hard copy exam questions and begin typing.


After completion of Exam- Answer File Upload

1. When the invigilator tells you to STOP TYPING, EXIT SofTest by clicking the EXIT/SAVE button.

exit or save


2. Click the CLOSE EXAM button

close exam

3. In the next window, click the EXIT & UPLOAD button.

UPLOAD your exam answers, IMMEDIATELY after the exam. Do not leave the exam room until your exam file has been uploaded.

The penalty for continuing to type or write after you have been instructed to stop typing or writing and to close your exam is to subtract 10% of the value of the examination from the student’s grade. THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

At the end of the exam:

  • Sign out.
  • Indicate on the sign out sheet if you completed a computerized exam or how many booklets you have used.
  • Submit the exam questionnaire to the invigilator.
  • Make sure that your exam answer file has been uploaded or that all the booklets are returned to the invigilator.
  • Do not leave the exam room until all of the above is completed.

Missing an exam due to illness

  • Absence from any examination or test, or late submission of assignments due to illness, psychological problems or exceptional personal circumstances must be justified; otherwise, students will be penalized. Please contact the Manager, Equity and Academic Success.
  • Students must contact the Common Law Student Centre as soon as possible and, if possible within twenty-four hours of the examination to be deferred.
  • For additional information on deferral of examinations please consult rule 7 of the Academic regulations.

Academic fraud

Academic Regulations

Take-home exams

  • Information on take-home exams is available on the Common Law Student Centre website, on the Exams page.

Computerized exams

  • Information on computerized exams is available on the Common Law Student Centre website, on the Exams page. Please consult the Guidelines for computerized exams before taking a computerized exam.

Bad weather or other events resulting in exam cancellation

  • When major events or incidents (severe storms, fires, etc.) occur that result in the campus being closed and exams being cancelled, notices will be posted on the University home page, in uoZone and elsewhere on the University website, and will be recorded on the Emergency InfoLine (613-562-5555).


Exam Timetables

Your personalized exam schedule is available via your uoZone account: under the Applications tab, click My exam schedule


Please note that exam details for some courses have yet to be confirmed. Please be sure to review the exam timetables again immediately before you enrol in courses. No accommodation is provided for exam timetable conflicts and it is each student's responsibility to ensure they do not have any exams scheduled simultaneously.

Exam timetable fall term 2016

Exam timetable January term 2017

Exam timetable winter term 2017

Final Exams & Assignments Consultation
Important Message
The list of available exams is updated as they are received by the Common Law Student Centre.
  1. You have the possibility to review your final exams during the exam consultation period the week after the official grades are released.
  2. Please consult the list of final exams available for consultation at the Common Law Student Centre.
  3. If your final exam is not listed on the list, please contact your professor directly in order to schedule an appointment for an exam consultation.
  4. If your exam is listed on the list, you can schedule an appointment through The Source.
  5. The appointments will be for a period of a half an hour only. You may take a second appointment if necessary.
  6. Please note that professors may not indicate any comments on your exams/assignments and will not provide any correction grid.
  7. Please consult the guide to Common Law section Grade Review Process.
Final exams and papers - Fall 2016

Final exams and papers for the Fall Term available for consultation at the Common Law Student Centre

Course code

Course title



CML 2309 B 


Paul Vickery 


CML 4544 N PROCÉDURE CIVILE I Pierre Champagne  
CML 3387 EMPLOYMENT LAW Rootham,Christopher & McEwen,Alison  


Final exams and papers - January 2016

Final exams and papers - January Term available for consultation at the Common Law Student Centre

Course code

Course title



CML 2105 J


José Julian Alvarez-Gonzalez

Answer Key


CML 3119 JC


Administrative Law Litigation

Michael Sims

Correction grid


CML4108 JC


Mass Atrocity Law

Mark Drumbl


CML 4108 JD


Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Armed Conflict

Daniela Kravetz


CML 4506 J


Droit Européen Comparé Des Contrats

Rémy Cabrillac


Final exams and papers - Winter 2016

Final exams and papers - Winter Term available for consultation at the Common Law Student Centre

Course code

Course title



CML 2303


Diane Wade


CML 1203 B


Andre Marin, Jennifer Bond

Exam questionnaire only

CML 3797

DROIT IMMIGRATION RÉFUGIÉS Laurie Joe, Lise Rivet  Exams without comments

CML 2743

DROIT COMMERCIAL Jean-François Laberge Correction grid
Take Home Exams
  • Please note that we have reserved the Computer lab located in the Brian Dickson Law Library for all the take-home exam dates.

Blackboard Procedures 

Electronic version of Exam Questionnaire

  • The exam questionnaire will be available in PDF format via Blackboard on the day of the exam. You do not need to pick up the paper copy of the exam (i.e., you can work from the electronic version of the document). If you experience difficulties with the electronic version of the exam questionnaire, please contact your Professor by email.

Submission of Exam Answers

  • All students must submit their answers electronically via Blackboard.

Computerized exams

  • If you are registered with Access Service, please note that you must inform the Manager, Equity and Academic Success (clawaccess@uottawa.ca) by no later than November 11th, 2016 of your intentions to use ExamSoft during an accommodated exam at Access Service during the Fall Term exam period and no later than March 13, 2017 for the Winter term exam period.
  • Guidelines for computerized exams
  • Bursary for computerized exams

Information/download sessions

Attendance to an ExamSoft information/download session is strongly recommended.

Fall 2016
In English:
Thursday, November 10, 2016

FTX 135 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In French:
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FTX 235 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In English:
Thursday, December 1, 2016

FTX 351 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In French:
Monday, December 5, 2016

FTX 147 - 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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