Students' Guide to Exams

The information here is a summary of some of the most important things you need to know if you are taking an exam at the University. You may also want to read the full Examination Regulations

Before your exam

Check your timetable carefully and ensure you know the location of each exam room. Find out before the day of your exam if you are unsure where a room is located.

Misreading the timetable is not a satisfactory explanation if you are absent from an exam or arrive to it late.

Materials permitted in the exam room

Only bring essential items to your exam. 

Stationery: You must bring your own pens, pencils, rulers, calculators*, and any other required equipment to each exam. These should be kept in a clear plastic pencil case.

* Permitted calculators are the Casio FX83 and FX85 models.

On your desk: Only the following items are permitted on your desk: your stationery items, your watch (see important guidance below), University ID card, and a small clear bottle of water with no label.

Bags and outdoor clothing: You are not allowed to wear coats, scarves, hats or outdoor wear (except where exemption applies for religious reasons) during examinations. Place any such clothing, together with any bags/rucksacks you have brought with you, in the area reserved for storage of personal items before the exam begins. Leave it there until the exam is over and you have been given permission to exit the exam room. An invigilator will advise you where the personal item storage area is located.

Valuable items: Ideally leave your valuables at home. If you do bring any to the exam (such as keys, purses/wallets or mobile telephones) put them in the clear plastic bag provided on your desk and place it under your chair before your exam begins. Mobile telephones must be turned off. No items should be touched during the examination.

Smartwatches or similar timepieces capable of storing or accessing data are not permitted on desks or to be worn about your person.  They must be placed in the clear plastic bag provided with other valuables if brought into the exam venue.  Failure to place these items out of reach will be treated as a disciplinary offence. 

Identification

University ID card: You should bring your University ID card to all exams. This must be displayed on your desk throughout your exam. ID cards will be checked by the invigilator once the exam has started.

During your exam

Entering the exam room: You will be admitted to the exam room by an invigilator shortly before your exam is due to start. Once admitted to the room examination conditions apply.

Sit at a desk allocated for the paper you are taking. The notices posted outside the exam room will tell you which desks have been allocated to each exam paper.

Exam conditions apply: Talking or communicating in any other way with any other student in the exam room before, during or after your exam is forbidden. Failure to observe this requirement will be treated as a disciplinary offence.

After your exam

You must remain seated at your desk until all scripts have been collected by the invigilator. Do not leave until instructed to do so.

You must not remove any answer books or parts of an answer book, whether used or not, any exam question papers, or any exam materials provided to you during your exam (statistical tables, data books, etc.)

Missing an exam

If you misread the timetable this will not be accepted as a satisfactory explanation for absence from your exam.

Illness: You must obtain a medical certificate straight away if you are absent from any exam because of illness. If you leave an exam on medical grounds you must obtain a medical certificate immediately after leaving the exam room. You must submit your medical certificate to your department as soon as it is issued so that it can consider your mitigating circumstances claim.

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