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Final Exams

It’s time to show what you’ve learned

The last five days of each semester are set aside for final exams. It’s your responsibility to make sure you know when and where you’ll be taking your finals. Read on to find out everything you need to know about final exams.

Also known as “dead week,” the week before finals is free of major or final exams, except for practical tests at the end of lab periods. And it’s not true that you won’t have to turn in assignments during free week. If your instructors have assigned paper projects well in advance, they may be due during this week. Make sure you plan ahead.

Finals for course sections that don’t meet during the last weeks of the term—for example, first eight week classes—will be held during the last class meeting. All other finals will be given during the last five days of the term.

If you have more than three finals scheduled on the same day, you can take steps to have your exam schedule adjusted. First, check with your instructors to find out if you can schedule a make-up exam. If not, do the following:

  1. Check the exam schedule to find out which three exams come first during the day.
  2. For any exams that follow the first three, make sure you let your instructors know by the middle of the semester.

Or, if you choose, you can take all finals as they are scheduled.

If you have an exam conflict, report to the dean of your school to find out what to do.

If you miss a final exam, even if you have a passing grade in a course, you’ll fail the course. The only exception is if your instructor has reason to believe your absence was out of your control.

If you know you’re going to miss a final, or you miss one for reasons you didn’t expect, talk to your instructor as soon as possible. Your instructor is the one who will make the final decision on whether or not you can make arrangements to satisfy the course requirements.

Final exam week for fall 2019 is Monday, December 16, through Friday, December 20.

When are your final exams?

Check the lists on this page to find out when your exams are scheduled.

Note that some course and departmental final exam times differ from the standard class and section final exam times. Be sure to check both lists as you’re planning for your finals.

Class or section final exams

Use this table if:

  • The first day of the week on which your class normally meets is Monday, Wednesday, or Friday
  • Your class meets daily (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)
When does your class meet?
Classes that meet M, W, F or daily
If your class begins at or between these times on M, W, F, or daily Your final exam date is Your final exam time is
7:00 and 7:55 a.m. Monday, December 16 7:15–9:15 p.m.
8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Friday, December 20 8:00–10:00 a.m.
9:05 and 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, December 18 8:00–10:00 a.m.
10:10 and 11:10 a.m. Wednesday, December 18 12:30–2:30 p.m.
11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, December 18 5:00–7:00 p.m.
12:20 and 1:20 p.m. Friday, December 20 12:30–2:30 p.m.
1:25 and 2:25 p.m. Friday, December 20 5:00–7:00 p.m.
2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 16 12:30–2:30 p.m.
3:35 and 4:35 p.m. Monday, December 16 5:00–7:00 p.m.
4:40 and 5:40 p.m. Monday, December 16 7:15–9:15 p.m.
5:45 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, December 20 7:15–9:15 p.m.

Use this table if the first day of the week on which your class normally meets is Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.

When does your class meet?
Classes that meet Tu, Th, or Sa
If your class begins at or between these times on Tu, Th, or Sa Your final exam date is Your final exam time is
7:00 and 7:55 a.m. Monday, December 16 7:15–9:15 p.m.
8:00 and 9:00 a.m. Thursday, December 19 8:00–10:00 a.m.
9:05 and 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, December 17 8:00–10:00 a.m.
10:10 and 11:10 a.m. Thursday, December 19 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Thursday, December 19 12:30–2:30 p.m.
12:20 and 1:20 p.m. Thursday, December 19 5:00–7:00 p.m.
1:25 and 2:25 p.m. Thursday, December 19 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 12:30–2:30 p.m.
3:35 and 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 5:00–7:00 p.m.
4:40 and 5:40 p.m. Monday, December 16 7:15–9:15 p.m.
5:45 and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 7:15–9:15 p.m.
6:50 and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, December 19 7:15–9:15 p.m.