Wellesley's Unique and Honorable Self-scheduled, Unsupervised Exams
Wellesley College has a strong and successful history of self-scheduled examinations. This tradition survives due to our community's commitment to it the Wellesley College Honor Code.
In accordance with the Honor Code, and to ensure that each student experiences equitable testing conditions, students are barred from speaking about an exam with any student. This includes discussion of the difficulty, content, format, or any other aspect of the exam. The standard response to questions regarding an exam should be, "It's over."
On this page:
- New Exam Center Location
- Exam Schedules
- General Exam Information
- Students' Guide to Final Exams
- Exam Information for Faculty
- Exam Information for Academic Administrators
Due to renovations in the Science Center, the Exam Center will be relocated to the Academic Quad beginning Spring 2018. There will be two Exam Centers, and exams will be split alphabetically by student last name between them.
Founders: Last names A-L
Pendleton East: Last names M-Z
Fixed Exams will be scheduled in Green Hall and Jewett.
PLTC-managed self-scheduled exams for students who need accommodations will be scheduled in Clapp Library as usual.
Typically there are three standard exam sessions each day but the final schedule may vary each semester. Check the 5-year Calendar and watch this site for detailed listings of sessions and times.
Session 1: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 AM
Session 2: 1:30 P.M. - 4:00 PM
Session 3: 6:00 P.M. - 8:30 PM
(there is no evening session on the last exam day)
Centers will start giving out exams 30 minutes prior to official exam start time. Exam time is 2-1/2 hours from time noted on the exam and no later than 11:30 AM for Session 1, 4:00 PM for Session 2 and 8:30 PM for Session 3.
To ensure the integrity of the examination process, photo ID must be presented at the exam center for each exam taken. Please bring your student ID and a driver's license or passport to the exam center.
This year the beginning of Exam period coincides with the beginning of Ramadan. Students observing Ramadan have the option to elect a self-scheduled exam during a late evening exam session that begins at 9:00 pm and ends at 11:30 pm. This session was created in consultation with Tiffany Steinwert in response to student interest. The exam session starts after the evening meal. The Registrar's Office will host this session in the large and small conference rooms and the reading room of the Schneider Center if the daily demand remains under 20 students. Any questions about this exam session specifically can be directed to Tiffany Steinwert at email@example.com.