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Where do I need to go for my exam? What do I do once I'm there? When do I need to turn up? How can I access extra help?

There's lots you need to know before heading into your exams, so please read the guidance on these pages carefully. You can also find extra help in our useful links section - including travel information and campus maps.

You have an important role to play in the smooth running of your examinations.  Please read the following Dos and Don'ts which will help you get through the exams without hassle. 

Before your exam

Do

  • check your individual examination timetable so that you know where and when you need to go on the day of your exam
  • contact your academic department ASAP if there is a problem with your timetable
  • contact the Disability Service ASAP if there is a problem with your examination adjustments
  • check the exams webpages on a regular basis for any late minute changes that may impact on your examinations
  • check out the locations of your examinations beforehand if you are unfamiliar with the building and/or campus - see campus maps
  • familiarise yourself with the examination announcements prior to the exams
  • remember to bring your UoB ID Card to all examinations for ID verification
  • allow plenty of time to get to the examination early so that you have time to relax and find your venue beforehand
  • get to the location at least 15 minutes before the start of the examination
  • go to the toilet beforehand
  • wear comfortable layered clothing to prepare you for the appropriate weather conditions and fluctuating room temperatures
  • remove your outer coats, hats/caps and/or scarf/jackets and leave such items in a designated area in the examination room before proceeding to your seat
  • remember not to bring your mobile phone and other electronic devices to the examination.  If you need to bring such items then remember to switch such items off and leave them in your bag/coat before proceeding to your seat
  • hand over your mobile phone and/or other electronic devices to the invigilator before you go to your seat for safekeeping, if you have not brought a bag/coat with you to the examination
  • sit at the seat number you have been allocated for the examination
  • go to the Counselling Service's Panic Free Exams workshop

Don't

  • go to a different location other than the one you have been allocated
  • take unauthorised materials or electronic devices with you to the examination including your revision notes, mobile phone, smart watch or programmable calculator
  • travel to your examination at the last minute - causing extra stress if you get delayed and arrive later than expected

During your exam

Do

  • obey the University Regulations on the Conduct and Invigilation of Examinations‎ at all times
  • obey the instructions given to you by the examination invigilators
  • make sure you fill in the paperwork correctly at the start of the examination
  • remember to bring your own pens, pencils, calculators (if required) etc. with you to each examination - you will not be provided with a spare one if you forget
  • remain quiet and respectful at all times

Don't

  • arrive late for an examination - you will not be permitted to enter the examination room if the examination has formally started
  • take anything to your desk that could be suspected as unauthorised material including your revision notes, mobile phone, smart watch or programmable calculator
  • turn over the examination question paper to see the questions until the invigilator instructs you to do so
  • talk, signal or use any means whatever to communicate with or make contact with anyone other than the examination invigilators
  • talk, signal or use any means whatever to obtain, directly or indirectly assistance in the examination
  • give or try to give, directly or indirectly, assistance to any other student in an examination
  • do anything which may disturb other candidates or in any way disrupt the smooth progress of an examination
  • do not leave an examination until the end (for exams lasting less than one hour)
  • leave an examination until examination during the first 30 minutes or last 15 minutes (for exams lasting one hour)
  • leave an examination until examination during the first hour or last 15 minutes (for exams lasting more than one hour)

At the end of your exam

Do

  • obey the instructions given to you by the Invigilator(s)
  • stop writing when told to do so
  • hand in all your work to the Invigilator and any question paper printed wholly or partly on coloured paper including multiple choice questionnaires
  • remain seated and silent until dismissed
  • take your rubbish with you when you leave

Don't

  • take anything away from the examination which does not belong to you.
  • remove a copy of the question paper from the examination room if it is printed on coloured paper
  • make excessive noise as you leave the examination room and location -  there may be other examinations in progress
Dignity and Respect Policy

Please familiarise yourself with this policy before your exams

Download Dignity and Respect Policy
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