Exam Banks

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Exam Banks are repositories of past examinations, centrally located either online or an at office. They are a common Engineering Society service and tend to be heavily used by schools which offer this service. Faculties generally support the existence of an exam bank but some schools have difficulty gaining access and rights to publish past final exams and midterms. The purpose of this page is to organize the available information on ESSCO schools exam banks.

ESSCO Schools

Carleton University

Person in charge: VP Academic
Website: http://exams.engsoc.org
Midterms/Finals: Both.
Notes: In order to download/read exams you need to be on the University network. If students are permitted to take their exams they may give them to the CSES where the the Exam Library director is responsible for seeking permission from the department/coordinator and then scanning it onto the website. CSES began using the exam bank around 2007 but have exams dating back to 1984.

Conestoga College

Person in charge:
Website: http://conestogaengsoc.ca/documents/course-bank/
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Notes: The Conestoga course bank is password protected.

Lakehead University

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Laurentian University

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McMaster University

Person in charge:
Website: http://macengsociety.ca/tests/
Midterms/Finals: Both.
Notes: Students must login using their MacID and password before they can view the test bank. The McMaster library catalogue also supports some programs exams.

Royal Military College

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Ryerson University

Person in charge: VP Academic
Website: http://www.ress.ca/exam-bank
Midterms/Finals: Midterms only.
Notes: Both Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering have their own exam banks.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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University of Guelph

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University of Ottawa

Person in charge: University of Ottawa Engineering Student's Society
Website: http://exams.essaeg.ca/
Midterms/Finals: Both.
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University of Waterloo

Person in charge: University of Waterloo Engineering Society VP Internal: A-Soc, B-Soc.
Website: Waterloo EngSoc Services (requires login)
Midterms/Finals: Both.
Notes: Students and professors can either drop the exams off at the EngSoc office (where paid student office staff scan and upload the exams), or scan and upload the exams themselves via the website. In addition, students are awarded "P**5 Points" for uploading exams - classes compete for "points" throughout the year and are awarded them for various contributions, and the winning class at the end of the year earns a prize. Exams are occasionally copied from fellow student societies whose exam banks are not password-protected. The Faculty has no access to the student-run exam bank. Has been online since the year 2000.

University of Windsor

Person in charge: VP Academic
Website: Exam Bank
Midterms/Finals: Both
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Western University

Person in charge:
Website: http://www.usc.uwo.ca/exambank/generate.asp
Midterms/Finals: Both.
Notes: Engineering exams date back to 1994 and students have access to other faculties exam banks. If students would like to purchase printed copies of any of the exams they may do so here

York University

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Other Canadian Universities

Concordia University

Person in charge: Engineering & Computer Science Association (ECA) VP Academic: academic@ecaconcordia.ca

Website: http://eca.concordia.ca/index.php?p=events&e=exam_bank (requires login)

Exams are stored in a password-protected database online. The VP Academic distributes the password to students. Students can drop off exams at the office, where they are scanned by the ECA, or they can scan the exams themselves and email them to the ECA. Filezilla is used to upload the exams and update them and update the ECA site. Some students ask for their names to be removed from exams before they are uploaded.

The Faculty has "mixed feelings" about the exam bank. They asked the ECA to put a password on the bank so only Concordia students could access it.

The exam bank has existed for about 8 years.

Queen's University

Queen's University has a central exams database at http://db.library.queensu.ca/exambank/. All exams are submitted to the Registrar's Office before exams begin, and PDF copies of them are then put online after the exams are written. An exam will not be put online if a professor requests it to remain confidential. However, the default option is for exams to go online. Exams date back to 1998 for some courses.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Person in charge: MUN Engineering Society VP Information Technology (Executive Contact Information)

Website: http://www.munengrsocietyb.ca/previous-finals

The Faculty provides paper copies of exams to the Engineering Society and the VP IT is responsible for scanning and uploading the exams to the website. Some professors refuse to submit their exams.

MUN has two Engineering Societies, 'A' and 'B', with different websites, and sometimes are exams are removed from one site or the other, so they are not sure how long their bank has been in existence. There are only finals, no midterms.

McGill University

McGill University has a central exams database called E-Exams, which can be accessed by logging in to your McGill Library Account (McGill Library Login). Exams from the last 5 years are available. The EUS used to keep copies of old exams at the copy centre, but that service was shut down by the University.

A site called Docuum is also available, with past exams from McGill, Guelph and York. It pulls material from the McGill E-Exams and students can upload additional exams.

University of Calgary

Person in charge: University of Calgary Engineering Students' Society (ESS) VP Academic: academic@ess.ucalgary.ca

The Engineering Students' Society (ESS) prepares "exam books" for first and second year common courses, which include the previous year's midterms and finals. These books are sold at cost and if students want older versions, they can photocopy the ESS office copy. The ESS emails course coordinators at the end of the year asking for permission to obtain and print exams. In addition, they sometimes use students' solutions (midterms they got back or photocopies of final exams which can be obtained from the Faculty undergraduate office).

Cooperation from the Faculty comes from individual professors. Some refuse to contribute, while others are cooperative and provide both blank exams and solutions. Some professors are only willing to provide blank exams.

The exam book service has existed for about 5 years. The ESS has looked into hosting their exam bank on BlackBoard somehow, but no real progress has been made. A suggestion has been to upload exams as password-protected PDFs to avoid copyright issues.

University of Saskatchewan

Person in charge: Saskatoon Engineering Students' Society (SESS) VP Academic - vp.academic@sess.usask.ca

Website: SESS Exam Bank

Exams are provided by students and stored online. The SESS relies on students to scan and submit them via the website. Exams can be scanned on the SESS office photocopier.

Most Faculty "don't follow it or don't care". There are a few who actively check and demand their material be removed, and the SESS complies with these requests.

The SESS exam bank has been online since 2005/2006. The VP Academic at the wrote the scripts and such for it. Since then, the main work has been maintenance and removing exams as per professors' requests.