Exam rules and regulations

Exam rules

  • You are not permitted to communicate or attempt to communicate with any other candidates during the exam.
  • Answers must be all your own work and where other material is quoted, you should state the source(s) from which it is derived.
  • You are not permitted to use any answer book, writing paper or graph paper other than that supplied in the exam venue.
  • All unauthorised material (such as mobile phones, smartwatches, revision notes, books and data tables) should not be brought into the exam venue. If you are in possession of any unauthorised material this should be placed in your bag or coat in the designated area, indicated by the Invigilators. Students found in possession of such material during an exam will be referred to Student Conducts and Appeals for investigation. 
    • If your mobile phone or smartwatch is not switched off and it rings during an examination or creates a disruption, this matter will be referred by the Senior Invigilator to the Exam Office.
    • If any unauthorised materials are confiscated (including mobile phones and smartwatches) it will be retained until such time that it can be checked that it does not hold or has not been used to access unauthorised material.
  • Any material required for an exam will be provided in the hall. (If candidates are permitted to introduce books, notes or other material into an exam hall they will be informed by the Department concerned, and the nature and extent of the authorised material will be stated on the question paper.)
  • No part of an answer book should be torn out and all answer books and other material supplied in the exam room should be left behind on candidates' desks at the end of the exam. Please do not attempt to remove any answer books or question papers from the exam room.
  • You are not permitted to bring scrap pieces of paper for making notes into the exam room; there is a space available in the answer book for you to make any necessary notes during the exam.
  • You may not leave the exam room during the first half hour or during the final ten minutes of your exam. You will be notified by the Senior Invigilator when there are ten minutes remaining. You are not allowed to leave the exam for any reason without permission.

Exam regulations and codes of practice

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