Matrix Exams

The final exam matrix is a grid of calculated exam times for those classes meeting at standard class times during the semester. In cases where classes are comprised of multiple instruction types, the final exam block will be calculated according to its lecture time. Standard meeting patterns include:
MWF – 50 minutes per class meeting
MW, WF, MW, TR – 1 hour, 45 minutes per class meeting
TR – 1 hour, 15 minutes per class meeting
M, T, W, R, F – 2 hours, 45 minutes per class meeting

For those classes offering a culminating experience alternative to a final exam, such as a presentation or final report, which do not require an exam time to be assigned, the school or college notifies the Schedules department that a class will not hold an exam via the Final Exam Indicator. Classes will be assigned an exam block unless this explicit action is taken. Schools and colleges are provided an opportunity to review the Final Exam Schedule before it is released to the university community.

Non-Matrix Exams

Classes which opt to stray from the final exam matrix, whether to another standard exam block or otherwise, are considered Non-Matrix exams. In these circumstances, the school or college electing to reschedule a final exam for a Non-Matrix time must proactively anticipate student conflicts and be prepared to offer those students alternate accommodations.

Per policies approved by the University Council, final exams are to be administered only within the dates specified in the Registrar’s Final Exam Schedule. Additionally and beginning Spring 2022, these dates will not include weekend days. Changing the time of a final exam, in many cases, leads to conflicts in individual students’ exam schedules, to classroom conflicts, and to students experiencing more exams in a single 24-hour period than is reasonable. Final exam changes are subject to both Dean and Registrar approval.

Off-Block Exams

In some circumstances, classes meeting at non-standard meeting patterns during the semester are not mapped to a designated final exam block in the final exam matrix. Such classes are assigned an exam beginning at the start-time of the class during the semester for a duration of two hours. Often, Off-Block exams are rescheduled by the school or college to a preferred final exam block, at which point the exam abides by the Non-Matrix exam guidelines.

Direct Exam Conflicts

Students may encounter direct conflicts between two exams. Most often, this conflict is created due to a class changing its exam time to a Non-Matrix exam time. In this case, the student may have their Non-Matrix exam rescheduled to another day and time as coordinated by the instructor and the student. Instructors and administrators are encouraged to use the “Instructor’s Final Exam Matrix” tool on their Faculty Link to identify an appropriate make-up time.

Multiple Exams in a 24-hour Period

It is possible that a student may accrue three or more exams scheduled within a 24-hour period, which may include two days of the week. If all exams adhere to the final exam matrix, the student may reschedule the middle exam to another day and time as coordinated between the instructor and student. If any exams in question are Non-Matrix or Off-Block, that class must accommodate a rescheduled exam. For examples on how a 24-hour period is interpreted, please see the visuals below.

Note that proctored exams are available for make-up exams, held from 12:00-2:00pm on each day of the Final Exam Schedule, in both Fall and Spring semesters. Additional information on proctored exams is included below.

Final Exams Outside of the Final Exam Schedule

Per policy approved by the University Council, final exams may not be administered prior to the final examination period, either during a regular class meeting or on a reading day, even if the instructor and all students in a class agree to such a change. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that students have the appropriate time and space to prepare for finals during the designated study period. Administrators must submit requests to schedule exams for graduate and part-time/evening students to the Office of the University Provost for review and approval.