Skip to main content

Assignments & Exams


Online courses

Generally, assignments are completed by the student and submitted online within the Learning Hub. Your instructor will review and send their feedback to your course mailbox. Other students are not able to view either your assignment submission or instructor’s comments.


Most distance and online learning courses have two examinations: mid-term and final. Courses that lead to a certified designation where an external association is responsible (e.g., CGA, Transport Canada, etc.) often require in-person exams. Students should refer to the course information provided when they register, or the Distance Education Student Handbook for their program area or School.

Some School of Health Sciences students living in the Greater Vancouver area may be required to write their exams at a pre-scheduled date and time at the BCIT Test Centre. If the pre-scheduled exam dates unavoidably conflict with students’ work schedule, permission may be granted to schedule an alternate date/time with the Test Centre. An invigilation fee is required.

The Test Centre invigilation service is available to both BCIT* and non-BCIT students who are required to write a supervised exam. Please visit the Test Centre website for further information.

*NOTE: BCIT Students must receive permission from their program area prior to scheduling an exam session with the Test Centre.

Choosing a proctor

Some distance education courses require you to nominate a proctor to supervise your exam session.

A proctor ensures that all examination procedures and criteria set by BCIT and your program are adhered to: a process that is often referred to as invigilation. Your examination and instructions will be sent to your proctor who will then invigilate you for the period of the examination, verify invigilation criteria, and return your examination to BCIT for marking.

The person nominated should be a registered professional or a known testing service (e.g., college or university test centre). Registered professions include: educator, librarian, faith leader, nurse, hospital technologist, accountant, and professional engineer.


For term-based courses, examinations may be scheduled for selected weeks in the term (e.g., weeks 5, 7, 9 for midterms and week 13 for final exams). Other courses may allow you to choose a date for your examinations.

Most distance programs publish a Student Handbook that provides further examination information to students registered in distance courses. As well, your course outline and program area staff will have detailed information about examinations.

For more information, contact your department’s Program Assistant [PDF]


BCIT Students must receive permission from their program area prior to scheduling an exam session with the Test Centre.