Exams frequently asked questions

When are the exam periods?

There are two main University exam periods each academic year:

  • January: Semester One exams
  • May: Semester Two exams
  • July: referral/deferral exams

What days of the week are exams scheduled on?

Exams are held Monday-Friday. There are no exams on weekends or on public holidays.

What time do exams start?

Exams normally start as follows, but please ensure you check the exam timetable carefully in case of changes:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10am, 2pm and 6pm
  • Friday: 10am and 2pm

Please note that you may have an exam scheduled in any of the available slots, including the evening, even if you only study during the day.

When will the exam timetable be available?

The exam timetables are published as follows:

  • Semester One provisional timetable: 17 November 2017
  • Semester One final timetable: 5 December 2017
  • Semester Two provisional timetable: 8 March 2018
  • Semester Two final timetable: 29 March 2018
  • Semester 3 (July) final timetable: 22 June 2018

Why is a provisional version of the timetable issued?

The provisional timetable gives an opportunity for us to identify any errors.

Note that the provisional version is subject to change, so you must not make any specific arrangements based around these dates and times.

Final timetable

Once the timetbale has been finalised the information about your exams will appear directly in your CMISGo timetable (where you view your teaching timetable).  

What do I do if I have a clash in my exam timetable?

An exam clash is when two exams have been scheduled to take place at the same time – two exams in one day does not constitute a clash.

If you have two exams that clash, you will need to complete the Exam Timetable Clash form and submit it to your Faculty Registry Office by:

  • 27 November 2017 for Semester One exams
  • 22 March 2018 for Semester Two exams

You do not need to notify your Faculty Registry of two exams taking place at different times on the same day, as this does not constitute a clash.

What should I do if I require individual exam arrangements?

If you have registered with Disability Learning Support and have had individual exam arrangements approved, your Faculty Registry will automatically put these arrangements in place for you and you will be sent a letter to confirm the arrangements.

If you haven’t received a letter confirming arrangements one week prior to the start of the exam period, you should contact your Faculty Registry Office as soon as possible.

Please note that if you have requested individual exam arrangements, you will sit your exam in a different room to the main student group.

I’ve broken my arm, how will I take my exam?

If you’ve had an accident that may affect your ability to sit exams, you'll need to contact your Faculty Registry Office as soon as possible.

Visit our Individual exam arrangements for temporary conditions page for more information

I’m not well and have an exam later today, what should I do?

If you feel you are too ill to sit the exam, you should follow the University's Mitigating Circumstances procedure.

If you feel that you are able to sit the exam, you may do so, but please note that the University operates a ‘fit to sit’ policy, which means that if you attend the exam, you have deemed yourself fit to do so and are not eligible to submit a mitigating circumstances claim for that assessment.

Visit our Mitigating circumstances page for more details on the 'fit to sit' policy.

Why do I have two exams in one day?

There are a large number of exams to schedule across the University in a limited time period and this sometimes means that students will have two exams in one day.

Students would not normally be expected to sit more than two exams in one day.

Why are my exams bunched together on consecutive days?

Producing the exam schedule is a complex process because of the large number of exams to be scheduled in a limited time period. Sometimes this means it is impossible to avoid some students having exams on consecutive days.

Where will my exams take place?

All exams will take place on the Faculty site, unless otherwise indicated.

What if I arrive late?

Students may be admitted to the exam room up to 30 minutes after the exam has started, but no additional time will be given to students who arrive late. Students will not normally be permitted to enter an exam room more than 30 minutes after the exam has started. You should therefore make sure that you allow plenty of time for your journey to allow for delays and ensure that you arrive on time. 

What materials can I take in to the exam room?

You are only allowed to bring materials in to exams that you have previously been informed are permitted. You should not have any notes or materials at your desk or on your person during the exam.

All personal effects (bags/coats etc.) must be left in the area indicated by the invigilator.

Your mobile phone should be switched off and left in your bag/coat during the exam. If you are found to have your mobile phone on you during the exam, it may be confiscated.

If you discover that you have any unauthorised materials on you during the exam, you must bring this to the attention of the invigilator immediately by raising your hand. If you are found to have unauthorised materials during the exam, this may be reported as a breach of the assessment regulations. 

Am I allowed a calculator?

Non-programmable calculators are permitted where you have been informed in advance by the Module Leader that these will be allowed and where this is stated on the front of the exam paper. 

Can I bring food and drink to my exam?

You are allowed to bring a small bottle of drink and small items of confectionary to have at your desk. No other items of food or drink are permitted. 

What is the policy on toilet breaks?

If you wish to go to the toilet during an examination you will need to raise your hand and wait until you are given permission by an invigilator.  You will then need to sign the record sheet noting the time you were released from the exam room.

If I fail/defer an exam in January, when will I sit the exam?

Your exam will take place during the refer/defer exam period.

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