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Deferred Exams

If you are unable to write an exam in the scheduled time slot or have an exam conflict, you may qualify for a deferred exam. The following information provides important details on deferred exam policies and procedures.

Qualifying for a Deferred Exam

Permission to write a deferred exam is a privilege, not a right, granted solely on the basis of extenuating circumstances.

  • A fee of $65 (per deferred exam request) will be charged to your account if your deferred request is approved. Pay online via self-service or at any campus after your request has been approved and no later than the end of the deferred exam period. NOTE: DL does not accept debit/credit card payments by telephone or email.

A deferred exam may be requested for consideration if:

  • you have an exam conflict  (two exams scheduled for the same time slot) or three (or more) exams scheduled within one 24-hour period. In either of these situations, you must email as soon as possible in order to avoid rescheduling delays. A copy of your exam schedule from CNA or applicable institution is required as supporting documentation. One exam will be scheduled during deferred exams and you will be notified via email when the deferred exam schedule has been posted.
  • you have fallen seriously ill (medical documentation required).
  • a death has occurred in your immediate family (documentation such as obituary, death announcement, funeral liturgy required).
  • you are unable to reschedule work commitments (prior documentation from employer indicating the rationale required).

Deferred exam requests will not be approved based on the following reasons:

  • Vacation/social plans, including concerts, graduations, etc.
  • Other exams/assignments in the same week.
  • You forgot or didn't know when/where the exam was scheduled.
  • Late registration or late book orders.

Applying for a Deferred Exam

  • Complete and submit the Deferred Exam Request form.
  • Submit all supporting documentation within three business days. Failure to submit documentation promptly will delay deferred exam approval and may forfeit your privilege to write a deferred exam.


  • All requests for deferred exams must be received at least seven days prior to your original scheduled exam date, unless extenuating circumstances apply such as bereavement or serious illness. For exams cancelled/deferred due to weather conditions, a deferred request must be submitted within two business days of the original exam date.
  • Requests will be assessed on an individual basis. You are required to check the Deferred Exam Schedule for the date and time of your deferred exam.
  • Deferred midterms are normally written within two weeks of the last scheduled midterm exam, one week in Intersession. Deferred finals will be written within the first two weeks of the following semester. Some exceptions may apply. The deferred exam schedule will be posted after the scheduled exam period has ended. A message will be posted in D2L news and an email will be sent to your College webmail account when the schedule becomes available.
  • Students will be afforded the opportunity to write only one deferred exam (per deferred request). Failure to take the deferred exam as scheduled will result in the forfeit of the allotted grade.
  • Deferred exams may differ from the original exam and may not necessarily follow the same format. It is your responsibility to follow up on the exam format with your instructor.
  • Deferred exams can only be written after the original exam has been administered.
  • Questions regarding deferred exams should be directed to the Service Coordinator by emailing or by calling 1.877.465.2250 (option 1).