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Correspondence courses

Assignments may be submitted to a marker, tutor or instructor — depending on the course — who marks and returns assignments to you. Assignments may be submitted by e-mail attachment. Return times will depend on the schedule of the marker, tutor or instructor.

Online courses

Generally, assignments are completed by the student and submitted online from within the online course. 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 examinations: mid-term and final.
Students should refer to the course information provided when they register, or the DE 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 courses require the student to nominate a proctor to supervise their 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, 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 which 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.