Midterm and Final Exams

Most instructors schedule exams at midterm and at the end of term. Midterm exams are administered at the regular class meeting time. The final week of each term, however, is scheduled differently.

What is finals week like?

Reading Day is held between the last day of classes and the first full day of final exams. Only evening classes meet on Reading Day and the final exam is given at the time. On the following three days, all daytime classes are assigned one two-hour block of time for a final exam. A few instructors schedule a class activity of some kind other than an exam for that final two-hour period. So you still must attend.

The schedule for final exam week is posted on the cover of the printed course schedule. You can also find it linked to the registrar’s page of the Hesston College website.

Can I take midterm and final exams early?

Yes, but only under unusual circumstances. You are charged $50 for each exam you take early and you must get the instructor’s written consent. In most cases an instructor must make up a new exam if you take it at a time different than your classmates do. The fee compensates the instructor for the extra work.

What are legitimate reasons for requesting early final exams?

Weddings of close relatives like brothers or sisters would qualify. So would medical examinations or procedures in cases where extended recovery time is required. Leaving early because that is when your friends are going does not count! Holding airline tickets for flights that leave early isn’t an acceptable reason either. Don’t make any travel plans until you know when your final exams are scheduled.

How do I request an early exam?

Go the Registrar’s Office to pick up a form and instructions.

What can I do if all of my final exams are scheduled on the same day?

If you have four or more exams scheduled on the same day, go to the Registrar’s Office at least one week before final exam week. The Registrar will help you reschedule exams as necessay at no cost to you. No student is expected to have more than three exams in any one day.