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Exam Recheck or Reread

Requesting a Recheck or Reread of a Faculty Final Examination (St. George Campus courses only)

If you have written an Arts & Science faculty final exam on the St. George campus within the last six months and you believe there has been a marking error, you may request a recheck and/or a reread of your exam.

Recheck of Course Mark (free)

If you think there’s been a simple adding error on your exam or in the calculation of all of your term work, you can request a recheck of your course mark. A recheck may be requested with or without first requesting a copy or a viewing appointment, but we strongly suggest that you view your marked exam before requesting a recheck.

Reread of Faculty Final Examination ($36.00)

If you think your exam has been incorrectly marked in its substance, you can request a reread of your final exam. In this case, you must first see your marked exam, either through the purchase of a copy or by completing a supervised viewing appointment.

Submitting a Request

To request a recheck or a reread, fill out the following form and send it to exams.artsci@utoronto.ca or submit a printed copy in person at the Office of the Faculty Registrar (100 St. George St., Room 1006).

Payment

The fee for a reread request is $36.00 per exam. This fee will be refunded if the mark is changed as a result of the request. Payments are accepted in the following methods:

  • In person: Debit card or credit card.
  • By email: Payment may be made by any major credit card if you write the card number and expiry date on your form. In order to protect your financial information, please ensure that you use your encrypted University of Toronto email address to submit your form.

What to Write

Students often ask what they should write on the form to support a request. Think of this form as a chance to speak directly with the faculty member who will be looking at your exam again. To help them understand why a reevaluation may be necessary, be as precise as you can about where you think an error has occurred. Instead of saying “I think my exam was marked too harshly,” or “I deserve more marks to get into another program,” note specific instances of disagreement and cite evidence from the course to back up your assertions. Even though you may not have access to your course materials while seeing your exam, do your best to show that your answers are substantially correct.

When you request a reread, the entire exam will be reassessed, but pointing to specific exam questions you would like to have addressed can be helpful. This way, the faculty member rereading your exam will know what kinds of issues you have in mind.

Please note that a recheck or reread may result in a raised mark, a lowered mark, or no change.

Process and Timeline

Once your form is filled out and your payment (if necessary) has been processed by our office, the form and exam will be sent to the department for reevaluation. This will happen within 3 business days of receiving your request, and we’ll also send you an email to let you know the exam is in the department’s hands.

In the case of a recheck request, the department will ensure that the exam marks, along with any other term work, have been added and calculated correctly.

For a reread request, the department will send your exam to a faculty member for rereading. In most cases, this will be the original instructor for the course. In circumstances where that instructor may be unavailable, the departmental chair will choose a faculty member with knowledge of the subject matter to reread your exam.

If there is a change to your mark after an appeal process, it will first be reflected in ACORN, so you will be notified there first. Once the department has returned the exam to our office, we will then send you an email with the results, along with any additional comments from the instructor.

If you haven’t received any response within six weeks, please email us at exams.artsci@utoronto.ca to inquire about the status of your request.

Refund

If your mark is changed as a result of this request, the $36.00 reread fee and/or the $15.00 copy fee (if applicable) will be refunded. Please note that refunds are currently processed once a month. They will be mailed out to the address listed on your request form shortly thereafter.

Deadline for Recheck and Reread Requests

February deferred examinations the following August 31
April examinations the following October 31
June examinations the following January 15
August examinations the following February 28/29
December examinations the following June 30