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Below are practical instructions for examinations. You should also read the University examinations Proctorial notice regarding conduct during examinations.

In some venues you must remain seated and silent until all scripts have been collected and you are told to leave the room.

Consider students who may be in adjacent rooms or venues who are still being examined and would not want to be interrupted by noise.


Taking items into the examination

  • University ID card
  • Stationery, in a clear plastic bag or clear pencil case
  • A non-carbonated drink in a small bottle for consumption provided that no disturbance is caused to other candidates
  • Watch and wallet (subject to inspection by an invigilator. Note; Smart watches are not allowed in examination rooms)
  • Examination confirmation form – personal timetable (subject to inspection by an invigilator)

Unauthorised material (including revision notes) or equipment relevant to the exam.

  • Smart watches
  • Wireless earpieces
  • Good Luck charms and items
  • Cigarettes and E-cigarettes
  • Food (unless prior approval granted)
  • Medicines (unless prior approval granted)
  • Mobile phone
  • Coats and bags must be left in the area supplied, either at the back of the room or just outside the room.



DO NOT take valuable items to the exam site.


Sitting your examination

Standard university examinations are 3 hours long, with variations in some subjects. You are expected to submit your answers written legibly, and failure to do so may put you at a grave disadvantage. 
Whilst it is possible, in some circumstances, to have a script transcribed, even if a script is transcribed, you may still be at a grave disadvantage as to the mark awarded, as you had not communicated your thoughts effectively.

Arrive 20 minutes before the start of your exam Arrive just as your exam is scheduled to start
Check the seating plan on display to determine where your seat is in the room. Enter the room until instructed to do so by the exam room supervisor
Read carefully the instructions on the front of your exam paper Leave the exam within the first thirty minutes
Cross through your rough notes Open or turn your question paper until instructed to do so by the Invigilator
Complete the question numbers you have answered on the front page of the script booklet / cover sheet Start writing until instructed to do so by the Invigilator. This includes writing notes on the rough pads.
Complete your candidate details on the front of each script booklet / cover sheet: candidate number, exam and paper Write your name on the front of the script booklet / cover sheet


Examination conduct

Raise your hand to attract the attention of an invigilator if you have a question or if you suspect there is a mistake on the exam paper Communicate with any person during the exam, other than the invigilator
Raise your hand and wait for an invigilator if you need to leave the room, e.g. in case of illness Leave the room unless permitted by the invigilator


The end of the examination

Listen carefully to the announcements made by the invigilator as they may also announce restrictions on removal of question papers. Remove any paper from the exam room with the exception of the question paper (where allowed)
Place all rough notes in the bins by the exit Leave your desk in an untidy state