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During these challenging times the CSP team would like to take this opportunity to clarify the role of the EECD’s Correspondence Study Program.

The Correspondence Studies Program (CSP), while administered through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is a program that is provided as an additional service to those who wish to earn a credit outside of a public-school setting.

  • Correspondence Studies is not part of the public-school system.

  • It is an individual’s choice to enroll in a Correspondence Study Program course to support their chosen educational path.

  • The program has students of all ages and from many different circumstances.

  • Students who are school age and reside in Nova Scotia who wish to use the Correspondence Study Program course as a graduation credit must have approval of their school and/or region before enrolling.

  • The Correspondence Study Program is designed to enable individuals to complete a secondary school education.

  • Students study CSP material independently, at their own pace and complete the assignments and assessments accordingly.

  • The course work is marked by certified teachers who understand the special needs and circumstances of students who study at home.

  • Courses are not taught. To obtain credit in any course, students must complete the required units of study and assessments as outlined by the course of choice; including the final assessment.

  • The exam ensures the integrity of the course, and as a result the value of that course to the student and others.

The exam is a required component of the course, included in the course fees upon enrollment.

The exam comprises 30% of the overall Correspondence Study Program course final grade. Further to this, Correspondence Studies Examination Rules and Procedures (April 2013) are in place and are listed on our website.

Some highlights from this document include:

  • Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all exams (paper, electronic or otherwise) are invigilated (supervised) and all exams are "closed book.”

  • Students may bring into the examination room only those aids or resources that have been specified in the course outline and/or in the examination instructions.

  • Students are required to bring a valid photo ID with them to the exam.

  • The invigilator is responsible to safeguard the integrity of the examination. This includes active monitoring of students during examination and acting upon all observed instances of cheating or misconduct.

In summary, to offer Correspondence Study Program students a rigorous learning experience, it is necessary to both uphold the integrity of course by maintaining the final assessment and preserving the security of the exam and the writer.

Given the unusual time period we are in, we have adapted the process to ensure that a secure online method of delivery is possible, and we have reduced the exam content to reflect only essential elements required to display mastery of the outcomes for the course.

Most exams will now be approximately one hour in length, but students will have extra time as required to complete this final assessment.

Please contact us to book your exam when you are ready. For those who are planning to use a Correspondence Studies Course to graduate in June 2020 please refer to the information you have received.

Correspondence Study Program
Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Phone: (902) 424-4054
Email: csp@novascotia.ca

CSP Exams and Course Completion during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Correspondence Studies Program (CSP), while administered through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is a program that is provided as an additional service to those who wish to earn a credit outside of a public school setting.

We apologize for the recent hold on our exam processes and thank everyone for the patience shown during these changing times.

The following will be effective April 14, 2020 and will remain in effect until further notice:

The CSP office is introducing the process outlined below for exams and will continue to make changes in the process if required.


All CSP courses continue to require an exam to complete the course.

  • Upon completion of the course units, the assigned marker will provide the student with their exam application form.

  • Exam applications will be received by the CSP office and organized by date of receipt (First come basis). However, priority will be given to students preparing to graduate in June 2020.


Students must have access to video conferencing and will be provided with a Google Meet link and date/time agreeable by the invigilator and the student.

  • Students will receive an email clearly detailing the steps in the exam process and confirming the date/time of the exam.


During the Google Meet students will:

  • provide their CSP Student ID number,

  • show proof of identity (government issued photo ID),

  • have an adult confirm the acceptable materials in preparation for the exam.

Students will then be provided with a second link to the online exam for completion during the three hour time slot.

Both the exam and the student will be on video screen for the invigilator to view at all time throughout the exam period.


At the end of the exam period, the students’ access link will be made inactive, terminating the exam access.

  • Following this the marker will be given access to the exam for grading.


Should an individual have any issues that they wish to specifically discuss with our CSP staff, please contact us by:

Email: csp@novascotia.ca
Phone: (902) 424-4054