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Scheduling a Proctored Exam

We are pleased to provide proctoring services for students in Acadia University online courses, as well as for students writing examinations from other institutions. Please refer to the information below before you request your examination or proctoring services.

Acadia students MUST consult with their course instructor about their intention to write any midterm or final exam BEFORE submitting an Exam Request.

Scheduling a Proctored Exam at Acadia in Rhodes Hall

  • Tuesdays 9:00am - 12:00 OR 1:00 – 4:00pm
  • Wednesdays 9:00am - 12:00 OR 1:00 – 4:00pm

On-campus exams for Open Acadia online courses should be requested at least ten (10) business days before the preferred exam date (but not more than one month in advance), after consultation with the course instructor.  Here is the link to the Exam Request form:

Exam Request form

Exams for other institutions should be requested in accordance with the timelines of the other institution (generally, this means at least a month in advance); Open Acadia charges a proctor fee of $75 for the proctoring of these exams.

Proctoring Fees at Acadia:

  • Acadia students writing an exam at Acadia for an Acadia online course:  no fee
  • Acadia students writing an exam for an another institution's course:  $50
  • Students from other institutions writing an exam for another institution's course: $75

Scheduling a Proctored Exam at Another Location

  • Off-campus exams for Open Acadia online courses should be requested at least twenty (20) business days before the preferred exam date (but not more than two months in advance).
  • Off-campus exams can be written only with proctors approved by Open Acadia.
  • Note that relatives, work colleagues, friends, partners, or other students currently registered with any university or college are not eligible to proctor exams.
  • Email to request a list of proctors for off-campus locations, being sure to identify the closest major town or city to your preferred location.

Important Notes:

  • It is the student's responsibility, in consultation with their course instructor, to carefully plan their course work in order to allow adequate time to arrange and schedule exams within the time allotted for the course. Failure to do so may result in the student receiving an "F" grade.
  • Acadia University does not allow rewrite or supplemental exams.
  • Acadia students who are planning to graduate should write their final exam no later than April 15th if they are targeting Spring convocation, and no later than September 15th if they are targeting Fall graduation.
  • If you are student planning to graduate from another University, you will need to write your Acadia exam at least one month before the grade submission deadline set by the other institution. It is the student's responsibility to request that their grade be transferred to another institution, or to request a Letter of Permission.
  • The meeting point for exams at Acadia University is Rhodes Hall, at 21 University Avenue (

For specific inquiries not covered above, please send an email to: ,

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the courses?

All courses are taught by experienced Acadia University faculty. Your Instructor will be available to you by phone or email, as well as through the online course management system.

What does open-entry mean?

Open-entry means that there are no particular registration or start times (ex. monthly, semesters); you can register whenever you’d like and begin shortly thereafter, once your registration has been processed. You’ll usually have up to 6 months to complete your course, but, generally, the pace is up to you.

Are all courses open-entry?

Most of our courses are open-entry, self-paced courses. However, please note that some online courses are term-based, with specific interactive group activities that are dependent on scheduling set by the Instructor. This will be indicated in the course details and description.

Do I have to be an Acadia student to take your courses? What if I’m enrolled at another university?

Anyone is welcome to take our online courses; you will have to apply to Acadia as a part time/distance learner, but each year, many students from other universities in Nova Scotia and beyond choose to take online courses from Acadia.

Can I transfer my credits to another university?

Yes, most other Canadian universities will accept Acadia University credits. If you’re currently enrolled at another institution or have decided where you may wish to transfer your credits, we recommend you contact the institution to verify details and applicability. If you apply with a Letter of Permission, the credit is transferred when you finish your course.

Do online courses count towards my GPA?

Online courses are measured in the same credit-hours as campus courses, and they count towards completion of your degree requirements. They are included in your transcript in the same way any other credit course is.

What’s Open Acadia? What is its relationship with the university?

Open Acadia is a department of Acadia University dedicated to offering flexible programming and learning opportunities to Acadia students and the greater community. As part of this mandate, we provide a diverse array of programming including Acadia’s online courses, Spring & Summer courses, Professional Development, Lifelong Learning, and more.

What is required to register?

You’ll need to be admitted to Acadia for part-time study, and fill out a brief registration form. You must also pay course fees before you begin your study. Please see the documents on our Admission & Registration page, and contact us if you have any questions.

When can I start? When will my registration be confirmed?

The registration process usually takes about 1 week. Approval to take the course may be required if you are in a degree program at Acadia University.

You can begin your course any time after your registration has been confirmed. You will receive an email confirmation.

If you are ordering textbooks frome the Acadia University bookstore, allow at least a week for delivery.

What if I want to complete my course in less than three months?

You should discuss this with your instructor first. Most of our instructors are full-time Acadia faculty with other teaching commitments. They may not be able to meet your timelines.

I have a busy schedule. How long do I have to complete the course?

Typically, you have up to 6 months to complete a credit course, but you may apply for a course extension. Note, however, that some online courses are term-based, with interactive, group activities that necessarily make them less flexible with respect to scheduling.

Can I register for more than one course at a time?

Yes. If you are a full-time Acadia University student, however, there may be some limits on how many courses you can take during the summer or in addition to your typical fall/winter course load. Please contact Open Acadia or your academic advisor for details.

How do I order my textbooks?


When and how will I receive my final grade?

You will be notified by email when your grade has been submitted. You can access your grade by logging your account on the Acadia Central website. It cannot be given to you by e-mail or over the phone.

How do I write my exams if I’m not near the Acadia University campus?

Acadia allows examinations to be proctored at other educational institutions. If you are in a remote area, other proctors may be considered. Contact our office for assistance.

If I need technical assistance with my online course, what should I do or whom do I contact?

You should contact our technical assistant directly at (902) 585-1139 or e-mail our support staff.

Can I use library resources, and how can I borrow books if I don’t live in the area?

The Vaughan Memorial Library provides service to distance education students. More information is available in the Student Handbook you will receive with your course material, or at the library's web site.

Prospective Students

Taking part in an Acadia University online course is easier than ever before.  Follow the steps below to get started, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Browse our full course listing to find the courses right for you.
  • Learn about technical requirements and take our Am I Ready for Online Learning? quiz if you're uncertain. Before you register, learn more about our fees
  • Complete our registration form and pay your tuition - if you've never enrolled in an Acadia course before, you can apply for admission in one easy step.
  • Order your textbooks from Acadia's bookstore.
  • Begin your courses, studying the way you want to.

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