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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Schulich School of Engineering 3. School Regulations 3.5 Examinations
3.5 Examinations
Supplemental Examinations

Supplemental examinations provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate competence in a course. The primary goal is to allow students a chance to earn a "C-" grade in the course so they can use the course as a prerequisite. As such, if a student passes a supplemental examination a "C-" grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript. If a student fails the supplemental examination, the original grade will stand.

Supplemental examinations are not available for all courses. Availability of supplemental exams is guaranteed only for courses that explicitly indicate on their official course outline that a supplemental examination is possible. Supplemental examinations may be offered in other courses at the discretion of the department offering the course.


  • No more than two supplemental examination privileges, in any University of Calgary course, may be granted to a student in one academic year,
  • No more than four supplemental examination privileges will be granted to a student over their whole degree program.
  • Only one supplemental exam will be allowed per course.

Supplemental examinations will normally be offered at the same time as deferred final examination for that course, during Spring/Summer intersession, or block weeks. Supplemental examinations may be in a different format than the regular final examination but will cover the same course material as the regular final examination. Supplemental examinations are not allowed for deferred examinations.

Supplemental exams do not replace the deferred examination process as outlined in G.3.4 Deferral of Final Assessments and are a privilege earned by meeting the criteria set out below.

A student is eligible for a supplemental examination if one is offered in a course and the student meets the following requirements:

  1. The student was in good academic standing in the term when the student was registered in the course,
  2. The student has earned a cumulative grade of "C-" or better on coursework (e.g. laboratories, assignments, midterm examinations, quizzes), and
  3. The student achieved the minimum grade for any required term-work components as indicated on the course outline (e.g. requirement to pass the lab component).

A student is not eligible for a supplemental examination if the student:

  • Has been previously allowed to write a supplemental examination for the course.
  • Earned a grade greater than a "D+" in the course.
  • Did not write the final examination in the course.
  • Is on academic probation.
  • Was assigned a failing grade in the course due to academic misconduct.
  • Is a graduate student

Application Process:

  1. Students who wish to apply for a supplemental examination should contact the Engineering Student Centre for the current procedure.
  2. Students who indicate that they want to write the supplemental examination will be charged a $150.00 fee by Student Enrolment Services.
  3. Students who decide not to write the supplemental examination after fees have been assessed will forfeit the supplemental examination fee.
Supplemental Examinations for Graduating Students

At the discretion of the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Committee, supplemental privileges may be granted to fourth-year students. If these privileges are granted, the student will be informed in writing and must then make application to write the examinations prescribed. Supplemental examinations may be granted in Engineering courses required in the final year program to those students who, at the time of the convocation meeting of the Engineering Undergraduate Studies Committee, will be eligible to graduate if one or two "D", "D+" or "F" grades are raised to the required grade.

Where courses other than Engineering courses are involved, the successful completion of another approved course may be accepted as clearing the deficiency.

A student may be granted supplemental privileges for graduating students only once and to a maximum of two supplemental examinations in the courses taken since the last review. Supplemental examinations granted during an academic year will normally be written in the following August.