Final Exams


Fall 2016 Final Exam Schedule with Classrooms

(updated December 9, 2016)

Students are permitted to reschedule a final exam if they meet the criteria outlined in the FAQ section below. Please review this criteria to determine whether or not you qualify. If you believe that you qualify, please see the "How can I request to reschedule a final exam?" section below for instructions.


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Can I make travel plans based on the Tentative Exam Schedule?
No. Students should not make travel plans based on the Tentative Exam Schedule which is likely to change. Once the final exam schedule has been posted, students can make their definitive travel plans. Students are required to be on campus to take all scheduled final exams. Travel plans are not considered a valid excuse for rescheduling final exams. No exceptions to this policy will be made.
The final exam schedule is posted and I see that I have two exams at the same time. What do I do?

When the Final Exam Schedule is posted, some students will discover they have two exams at the same time. The Registrar’s Office will notify these students, informing them that one of their two conflicting exams will be moved to the Conflict Resolution Exam Period, which is the last exam period during finals week.

I have a religious obligation which prevents me from taking one or more of my final exams. What do I do?

Students who have a religious obligation that prevents them from participating in a regularly schedule final exam, must complete the Final Rescheduling Request form, which will become available on this site on October 13th.

I have at least 3 final exams in consecutive exam blocks within a 24 hour period. Can I reschedule one these exams?

Students who have three final exams in three consecutive exam blocks within a 24 hour period, as indicated on the Final Exam Schedule, have the option of postponing one of the three exams to the Conflict Resolution Exam Period, contingent on the instructor’s approval. A Final Exam Reschedule Request Form will become available on this site on October 13th.

I have an approved accommodation for extended time on exams. How can I request an exam to be rescheduled?
If you are utilizing an approved extra time accommodation (i.e. turned in your accommodation letter to the instructor at the beginning of the term) for two classes whose final exams fall on the same day, you may postpone one of the two exams, pending signature-approval of the instructor, to Conflict Resolution, Monday, December 19  at 1:30 pmThe final exam reschedule request form will become available on October 13th and will be open through November 21st.
If finals exams start on a Thursday this semester and I have 3 exams in the first two days, can I reschedule one of these finals?
Yes. In semesters when the final exams schedule begins on a Thursday, students who have 3 final exams scheduled between Thursday and Friday can request to have one of these exams rescheduled, pending instructor approval. In such cases the exams do not have to fall in consecutive exam blocks. To make the request, students must complete the Final Exam Reschedule Request Form, which will become available on this site on October 13th.
How can I request to reschedule a final exam?

To request to reschedule a final exam, students must complete the Final Exam Reschedule Request form (available on our website Oct. 13 - Nov. 21). Students who qualify to reschedule a final exam must fall under at least one of the categories listed below.

  • Religious Obligation
  • 3 consecutive exams within 24 hours
  • 2 exams on the same day for students with an extended time accommodation
  • 3 exams on Thursday and Friday in semesters where the exam period begins on a Thursday


Please read these steps carefully and start the process early. The request process can take up to 5 business days. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Complete the Online Request Form
Complete this form between October 13th, 2016 - November 21st, 2016 to initiate the process.

Step 2: Registrar Reviews Student Request
The Office of the University Registrar will review your request and determine whether or not you are eligible to have your exam rescheduled.

Step 3: Notification
You will be notified of our decision via email within 2 business days. If you do not receive a decision within 2 business days, please contact the Registrar's Office at finalexam@brandeis.edu.

Step 4: Approval
If your request is approved you will receive an email that contains a Final Exam Request Approval form. You must print the form and have it signed by your instructor and/or the Office of Disability Services.

Step 5: Return Completed Final Exam Request Approval Form
Once you've obtained the required signatures, bring your Final Exam Approval form to the Registrar's Office in person no later than the posted deadline. Be sure to have a photo ID with you. Alternatively you may scan the completed and signed form and email it to finalexam@brandeis.edu from your Brandeis email account.