Examination Scheduling

Exam dates are posted on the Registrar's website within three weeks of the start of the term. Exam dates and course deadlines ordinarily correspond to class meeting times and change if the meeting time changes. Occasionally, the Registrar will assign a Final Exam and Course Deadline Group that does not correspond to the meeting time of the course.

Many factors must be considered when scheduling eighteen Final Exam and Course Deadline Groups in a nine-day Examination Period, including student conflicts, room availability, and personnel resources. Unfortunately, the Registrar is unable to accommodate individual requests to assign alternative Final Exam and Course Deadline Groups to courses.

Since the days and hours for courses are subject to change, official dates and times for examinations are published on the Final Examination Schedule that is posted online approximately three weeks into the term. This posted schedule is subject to change.

In selecting courses, students should understand that two Final Exam and Course Deadline Groups will be scheduled on the same day.  Students who want to avoid having two exams on one day should consult the Final Exam Schedule when enrolling in courses.

Students who have two exams scheduled for the same time will be reassigned an exam time other than the one posted for one of the courses. Students will be informed of this alternate exam time at least one week prior to the first day of exams. If students have questions regarding an exam conflict they should contact the Registrar’s Office at exams@fas.harvard.edu.