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Attendance at Examinations

  • You must check your examination schedule and room location assigned according to your last name.
  • You must present your student card to be admitted to the examination room.
  • If you arrive more than 45 minutes late you will not be allowed to enter the examination room.
  • You cannot leave and re-enter the examination room while an examination is in progress.

Documentation permitted

translation dictionary

A printed translation dictionary is allowed if the language of instruction of the course is English or Spanish (unless it is a language course).

If your mother tongue is not French, you may use a translation dictionary when the language of instruction of the course is French. If this applies to you, you must go to the Zone Info and have a sticker placed on your student card.


If you are allowed to use a calculator in an examination, you must ensure that it meets HEC Montréal standards.

For more information on the documentation permitted, see HEC Montréal Academic Rules and Regulations.  

Absence from an examination

If you are not present at an examination, you will receive a grade of 0 unless you have a valid reason for being absent. Only circumstances beyond your control will be deemed valid, e.g., a case of force majeure, an unforeseeable event, or an illness confirmed by a medical certificate.


How to justify an absence

Complete the form Notice of absence from an examination. Then, submit the PDF version in HEC en ligne within five working days after the date on which the examination was held.

In the event of illness, the medical certificate must confirm that you were unable to be present on the scheduled examination date. A medical form merely indicating that you consulted a doctor on a given date will not be considered sufficient. 

A reply will be sent to your HEC Montréal email address within two to three weeks. No notice of absence will be accepted if you reported to the examination room.

  • Mid-term examination: If you justify your absence to the satisfaction of the office of the program director, you will receive the same mark for the mid-term examination as the one that you receive for your final examination.
  • Final examination: If you justify your absence to the satisfaction of the office of the program director, you must take the examination at a later date (deferred examinations).
  • Other evaluations (e.g., questionnaires and teamwork assignments): You must contact the course professor (or coordinator).


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