Exam dos and don'ts

Exam preparation doesn't just include revision - you also need to be familiar with the rules around how to sit the exam on the day itself. Please follow these simple dos and don'ts to ensure that you have all the basics right during exam season.

Do:

  • Arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the exam
  • Make sure that you know your seat number before you enter the exam venue
  • Enter the exam venue in silence
  • Leave your bag and personal belongings in the place indicated by the invigilators
  • Make sure your mobile phone is switched off, and either left in your bag or handed to an invigilator for safe keeping
  • Check your pockets; make sure you do not have any unauthorised notes, materials, electronic aids or smart devices on your person. Hand any unauthorised materials to an invigilator before the exam starts
  • Bring your own writing and drawing equipment
  • Bring a clear, unlabelled bottle of water to help keep you hydrated during your exam
  • Place your ID card, face up, in the top right hand corner of your desk
  • Place your non-smart watch on your desk in the bag provided
  • Complete the attendance slip and place it in the top right hand corner of your desk
  • Write clearly, in pen and in English (unless another language is specified for the exam)
  • Complete all rough work in the booklets provided, cross through any work that you do not want to be marked
  • Raise your hand and wait for an invigilator if you have a query, need to use the toilet, would like to borrow a dictionary, require more stationery or wish to leave your exam early (you can only leave after 30 minutes and before the last 15 minutes)
  • Inform an invigilator if you feel unwell at any time during your exam
  • Make sure that when you finish your exam that you have completed all the required details on the front cover of the exam answer book
  • Remain at your desk at the end of the exam until your answer booklet/paper has been collected by an invigilator and you have been told to leave
  • Leave the examination quickly and quietly and remember to take all your personal belongings with you

Don't:

  • Bring any unauthorised notes or materials into the exam venue
  • Have any electronic aids or smart devices around your desk, on your person, or in your pockets
  • Talk or attempt to communicate with anyone in the exam venue, other than the invigilator
  • Write your seat number on your hand, or have any other form of writing on your person
  • Open the exam question paper until you are told to do so
  • Turn over the exam answer book until you are told to do so
  • Start writing until you are told to do so
  • Bring a calculator that is not on the University-approved list into the venue
  • Bring any food into the exam venue
  • Bring juice, fizzy or hot drinks into the exam venue
  • Put a pencil case/tin, calculator case, glasses case on your exam desk
  • Use Tippex or any other kind of correcting tape/fluid/pen
  • Bring ear plugs or any other device that can be used to block out noise
  • Wear a cap or any other type of non-religious headgear
  • Cause any kind of disturbance to other students who are still working
  • Attempt to look at the work of another student
  • Get up and leave the exam venue without notifying an invigilator and handing in your completed answer book/sheet
  • Continue to write after the exam has finished
  • Take the exam question paper or any used/unused answer books away from the venue