Exams

Evening Preliminary Examinations

Preliminary examinations (“prelims”) are mid-semester exams typically held during regularly scheduled class meeting times, in regularly scheduled classrooms. When it is necessary to hold an evening prelim outside of regularly scheduled class meetings, those prelims may be scheduled only on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and only after 7:30 PM. 

Instructors holding evening prelims are strongly urged to indicate this in the course descriptions and must notify students of the dates of such examinations as early as possible in the semester, preferably when the course syllabus is distributed. If an evening prelim is scheduled, an alternative time to take the examination must be provided for those students who have academic, religious, athletic, or employment conflicts at the time scheduled.

For more information on the policy governing evening examinations, contact the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 315 Day Hall, deanoffaculty@cornell.edu.

Final Examinations

The academic calendar sets aside, after the last week of classes, a four-day study period followed by a period for final examinations. The Office of the University Registrar assigns a specific day and time for a course’s final exam, or final project due date. The designated final exam days and times are scheduled to minimize conflicts and spread students’ workloads as evenly as possible over the exam period. It is university policy to minimize the occurrence of more than two examinations for a student in a twenty-four hour time period.

The rules and policies governing final exams and final projects are available under Final Exam Policies.