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Exam Supervision

Many Distributed Learning courses require supervised exams (mid-term, final, deferred, supplementary and PLAR/challenge) as part of the assessment. Exams may be written on-campus, online or a combination of both. Exam information will be communicated to you by your instructor.

If your midterm/final exam requires in-person supervision, you must submit the Exam Registration Form and indicate where you will be writing your exam(s), either on-campus (local CNA campus) or with private supervision (more than 40 kms from the nearest campus).


  • If your location changes after you have submitted the Exam Registration Form, please email dlservice@cna.nl.ca with the new location indicated.

  • Students will be responsible for payment of exam invigilation services outside of Canada.

Deadline: This form MUST be submitted no later than two weeks after classes begin in Fall/Winter, one week in Intersession.

On-campus Supervision

Supervised exams will be written at the CNA campus nearest you. Exams written in the St. John's area are written at Prince Philip Drive campus. You will receive an email in your D2L/Brightspace email with the campus/room location within one week of your exam date.

Private Supervision

If you live approximately 40+ kms from the nearest College Campus, you can request to have your exam(s) privately supervised (invigilated). However, you may be required to travel to the nearest campus if exceptions apply.

If you are writing your exam(s) outside Canada, you are responsible for the invigilation costs charged by the institution or the individual supervising the exam.

All exams are written within the scheduled time frames from Monday-Thursday starting at 7:00 PM Newfoundland time. Students writing on Atlantic time, write at 6:30 PM, and all other students in other time zones will write as close to the 7:00 PM Newfoundland start time and within Help Desk hours. Some exceptions may apply.

When submitting the Exam Registration Form, please indicate the Community and Province in which you reside.

If there is a designated exam site/invigilator identified within approximately 40 kms of your community, you will be set up to write at that location and will receive an email with the contact information. It is your responsibility to follow-up with that exam site / invigilator at least one week prior to the exam date.

If we do not have an exam site/invigilator in your region, Distributed Learning staff will contact you and request the following information:

  • Name of the person in your community you wish to use to supervise your exam. For more detailed information on appropriate exam supervisors, please refer to the 'Acceptable Supervisors' section below.
  • The person's contact information including telephone number, mailing address and email address. Please include Fax number if available.
  • Also include the course(s) in which you are writing exam(s) in and your student ID.

Submit the required information via email to dlsexams@cna.nl.ca. We will contact the suggested person/institution to verify they are eligible to supervise your exams. You will then receive an email confirming the exam site / invigilator. It is your responsibility to follow-up with that exam site/invigilator at least one week prior to the exam date.

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Acceptable Supervisors

Your exam supervisor should be a professional person in the community and be computer literate. Ideally, they will be affiliated with an educational institution, i.e., a local school. A Private Supervisor should be a:

  • school teacher/principal
  • post-secondary institution
  • clergy person
  • lawyer/judge
  • postmaster
  • commissioner of oaths
  • business person
  • librarian
  • banker

To avoid the possibility of conflict of interest, DL will not approve the following person(s) as an exam supervisor:

  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Neighbors
  • Current CNA students
  • Co-Workers
  • Persons residing in the same residence

Note: DL reserves the right to deny supervisors it considers inappropriate.

If you require additional information regarding private supervision, please contact the DL Service by emailing dlsexams@cna.nl.ca.