During your exams
Once the exam period is underway, hopefully you'll feel prepared for the next couple of weeks. If not, don't worry as we have some quick tips and helpful advice to get you feeling calm and ready to do your best.
Before you leave for your exam, go through this checklist to make sure you're set to go:
- Find your exam room, by checking the campus map and visiting it in person beforehand, and keep a copy of your exam timetable with you so you can make sure you've gone to the right room. Please be aware that the same exam can be sat in more than one location.
- Ensure the you check your timetable and don't assume or follow a fellow student who may be sitting the same exam but could be in a different location to your scheduled timetable.
- Know how long your journey will take, and allow a bit of extra time in case of traffic. If you're late you won't get any additional time and if you're more than 30 minutes late you won't be allowed to sit the exam. If you do miss an exam you should contact your School as soon as possible.
- Make sure you've got your student ID card. If you've lost it you can buy a new one from the Student Services Centre on Burlington Street. If absolutely necessary, for example you've lost it on the morning of the exam, you can take your passport or driving license as ID.
- All Morning exams officially start at 9:45am and all Afternoon exams officially start at 2:00pm.
- Check your stationery to make sure that you have enough pens and spares to last you through the exam, as invigilators will not be able to give you any. If using a pencil case this must be totally transparent with no unauthorised materials included and Invigilators will check. If a calculator is required for your exam, make sure that it's allowed under the regulations. Please note no calculators will be provided in your exams, you must ensure that if use of a calculator is required, that you come fully prepared with your own authorised calculator.
- If it's an Open Book Exam, make sure you know exactly what you can and can't take in by talking to the lecturer who has written the paper.
- Know what you can take into the exam room. You should try to only take to the exam what you need to complete it, leave your valuables at home whenever possible.
- When you get to the exam room you are permitted to enter the room at least a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the exam (larger venues may increase time). This is to allow you to get settled and to provide you with important information about your exam. You need to listen to the standard announcements and there may be more specific announcements to your particular exam.
Around the exam period, it can be very difficult to find a space to study in the Main Library and Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, so it's worth thinking about where you work most efficiently. For some people working at home is an option that works well, but it's not the same for everyone. Often computer clusters and other libraries outside of these main two locations are a lot less busy, so it's worth your while to go off the beaten track.
If you haven't done as much revision as you'd like and need some motivation or inspiration, it's not too late to get some help. Our support section is full of information about study workshops and various pastoral services available for you to discuss any problems with.