University Of Canterbury Exams

The Examination Timetable for the Mid-year Examination Period was released to students on Monday 4 May 2020. 

Each student should have received a personal e-mail which lists all the student’s examinations, tests and assignments that are allocated into the Mid-year Examination Period. It may not include assignments that were given out during Term 2 with submission during the Examination Period.

Please make sure that you check the dates and times of your examinations… carefully. Students are expected to be available to sit their exams at the dates/times scheduled unless there are reasons outside of your control (eg international time differences…).

As the semester progresses, there may be slight changes to individual exam information. Please check the Learn page for each of your courses and your student e-mail for information regarding your exams.

Start times and entry information

The Mid-year Examination Period is two weeks in duration.  Examination start times may not adhere to the normal 9.30am and 2.30pm. 

The End-of-year Examination Period is two weeks in duration.  Exams will start at 9.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm.  The evening session will consist of exams that have a maximum duration of two hours.

You may not enter an examination room later than 45 minutes after the start of the examination.

No alternative sitting will be available if you miss your exam or arrive after 10.15am (for a morning exam), 3.15pm (for an afternoon exam) or 7.15pm (for an evening exam).  An exception to this is if you have valid grounds as covered under the regulations for Special Consideration.



Mid-year Examination Period: Monday 8 June to Saturday 20 June inclusive.

End-of-year Examination Period: Tuesday 27 October to Saturday 7 November inclusive.

2021 provisional examination dates are available at Key Dates.


The examination timetable is normally released at the end of the fifth week of each semester.

End-of-year Examination Timetable

The Examination Timetable for Semester 2 will be released on Friday, 14 August 2020.

Each student will receive a personal e-mail which lists all the examinations/tests that are scheduled in the Exam Period. Please make sure that you check the dates and times of your examinations carefully. Students are expected to be available to sit their exams at the dates/times scheduled unless there are reasons outside of your control. For information see Clashes and alternative arrangements.

The exam rooms will be released on the last day of lectures: Friday, 16 October.

Getting Help

The Academic Skills Centre will provide help with revision and exam preparation and other academic matters.

The UC Health Centre will run workshops on stress management.

Examination instructions 

Read the Examination Instructions before reporting for your examination.

Transition Programmes 

For more information see the Transition Programmes website.

University Of Canterbury Exam Papers

Official UC exams are administered by the Registry and are held at the end of a course (this may be in the middle or at the end of the year). 

The Library receives copies of these from the Examinations Office and they are then made available via this search (NB: there can be delays with this process, exam papers will not appear in this search until some time after the exam has finished).

Department-administered term tests, Foundation Studies tests and exams, and Summer school exams are not included in the exam papers search.

Search for exam papers

More information

  • If you have any problems searching for exam papers, contact us using our exam paper problem report formor via AskLIVE
  • Past exam papers back to 2007 are available. Off-campus access is only available to university staff and students.
  • Not all subjects necessarily are taught, or have an exam, every year. Check with the appropriate department if you are unsure.
  • Print copies and exams previous to 2007, can be accessed via the Macmillan Brown Library.

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