General exam information
Below you will find information about your exam timetable and reasonable adjustments for students with a disability.
Your exam timetable
Exam timetables are published to Learn, under 'Exams & Assessments', and all students are emailed when it is available to view.
Make sure to familiarise yourself with your exam timetable and with any specific exam guidance provided for your modules. The timetable includes the start and final submission times planned for any online exams, including 30 minutes for download and upload.
Academic Registry produces a central timetable on behalf of all Schools and departments for exams in Semester 1, Semester 2 and the Special Assessment Period (SAP). The Examination Timetabling Policy is approved by Learning and Teaching Committee.
Reasonable adjustments for students with a disability (including mental health conditions)
Support for students with a disability (including mental health conditions)
The University's Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service offers a range of support for students. If you have a disability or medical condition that you think could affect your performance in examinations and assessments, you should contact SWAI at your earliest opportunity to discuss these. SWAI will assess whether reasonable adjustments should be put in place to support you in demonstrating your true academic potential.
Who can I contact to discuss support or adjustments?
You will be emailed by Academic Registry to advise how your adjustments will be applied in online and in-person exams.
If you have any concerns regarding your reasonable adjustments and how they will be accommodated when taking online examinations, please contact SWAI email@example.com. You can check your current adjustments via your Self Service and clicking on the disability tab.
If you feel your adjustments have not met your requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss with SWAI first before submitting any claim for mitigating circumstances.
Top 10 Tips for Sitting Exams
- Make sure you know the type, time and length of the exam – set yourself a reminder!
- Practice how you are going to approach the exam, including knowing how you are going to prepare and submit your answers for online exams.
- Note down in advance how to get help if you have a problem on the day.
- Study your material thoroughly! Even for open-book exams, do not assume there will be time available to look up all the answers! Decide and organise what materials and resources you plan to use. Make sure that your revision notes are in your own words so that you don’t accidentally use the exact wording from a reference in the exam without acknowledging it properly.
- Ensure you are physically and mentally prepared – try to get a good night’s sleep, eat well and keep hydrated.
- On the day – stay calm. It is normal to feel a bit nervous. For in-person exams, look over the exam hall rules again so you know what to expect.
- Start by answering the questions you are most comfortable with.
- Keep a check on timings and the marks allocated for each question.
- If you are word processing your responses, make sure you save your work as you go along.
- For online exams, at the end, check your file carefully before submission to make sure you have included everything you need, and once uploaded, check you have submitted the right file by reviewing it on Learn after submission and keep a copy. If you believe there is an issue then call Exam Help immediately.