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Updated on Tuesday, January 6

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OMG: Has anybody had experiences challenging a final exam mark before? I just got one of my last grades on Quest, and based on my calculations I received a lower grade than I anticipated on the exam. However, I was very confident in my answers and the final part was very subjective so I am curious where I could have went wrong. It's not a failing mark or anything but lower than I thought - worth taking it up with the prof or not?

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  1. You have the right to review your exam, but you have to do it before grades become official (around the end of January). To do that, send your prof an e-mail.

    If you notice discrepancies, you can request a re-mark. Depending on your course policies, this will result in an equal or higher grade being awarded (be warned: some courses have policies that allow a re-mark to yield a lower grade). If you still disagree at that point, you will be filing a grievance with your Associate Dean.

    TL;DR talk to your prof first, you can't do anything until you've seen the exam.

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  2. What 1 said. Go talk to your prof.

    When you get your exam, make sure to review it carefully to see what points you can argue in your favour where no marks were given. Do this before you return your exam to be remarked. Good luck!

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  3. Is this a biol course? cause that shit happened to me too. I'm wondering whether I should contest the grade and ask for a remark but my prof is really bitchy, and would probably try to drop my grade even more.

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    1. which biol course are you talking about?

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  4. You have to request to look at your exam before the one-month deadline, you don't actually have to act on it if you're away on co-op or something. You just need to make sure you get the request in before your grade is finalized.

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  5. Be careful, your exam might have been marked generously in other areas. You might end up with the same or lower mark. You might also end up with a prof who knows who you are and not in a I'll-give-you-a-reference kind of way.

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    1. Many courses have a guarantee that a re-mark will never result in a lower grade. It depends on what's written in the course outline.

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  6. I have done this a couple times:

    kindly email your prof saying that you thought you did much better on the exam than your mark shows and you want to see where you went wrong. Don't accuse them of marking incorrectly or anything, only that you want to see what you did wrong. If they feel like you are accusing them of something they will become defensive and not respond.

    Plan a date and time to go see it. They will usually go through the exam before you get there and check the addition of marks and read through it very quickly.

    Once you get there just read it, ask what the correct answer would have been, and don't try to blatantly get marks.

    Sometimes the prof will see that it was marked incorrectly and just give you the marks without an official remarking. This is because you are showing that you want to know what went wrong even though the course is over and you are not asking for marks.

    Sometimes they will say that you should get a remark. Make sure you say that you are just worried about your grade dropping. Say something like "I have heard that grades can drop after a remark, and I really don't want that to happen, so I am nervous of getting a remark". Hopefully the prof will say they are very confident that you will gain marks from what they have seen, or will look over it quickly and give a quick impression of where the mark might go.

    If you get any free marks without a regrade, accept it, and don't get the regrade, that is their way of making you happy and making sure your mark doesn't drop.

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  7. I asked a prof to have another look at one of my management science finals. It didn't change my grade as I had, sadly, not done as well as I'd hoped. But I asked nicely and the prof was decent about it. So, sure, ask.

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