Preparation

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Apart from revising, there are a number of other things you can do to prepare for your exams. Here’s our checklist:

Before the Exam

  • Check where your exams are being held: your exam timetable can be accessed via StudentInfo (and it’s your responsibility to check this!). You can check the location of your exam venues.
  • Read through the University’s Exam Regulations: these explain how you should behave in the exams.
  • Double check your school’s guidance on what you can take into the exam. Make sure you’re not taking anything into the exam which is unauthorised: this is a disciplinary offence and is taken very seriously by the University.
  • If you need extra time or support in exams because of a disability (including dyslexia), make sure you speak to Disability Services in plenty of time for your exams.
  • If English is not your first language, you may be allowed to take a translation dictionary into the exams with you. To do so, you need to fill out an “authorisation for the use of a translation dictionary in examinations” form, which your Head of School (or their nominee) has to sign too.
  • Set your alarm clock.
  • Make sure you have pens (and that they have ink in them!). If you are taking any equipment into the exam (such as calculator), make sure it works.

On the Day

  • Allow plenty of time to get to your exams: you won’t normally be allowed in if you arrive more than 30 minutes late.
  • Make sure you have everything you need with you (stationery, water, and any texts or equipment you need).
  • Have something light to eat and drink before the exam.
  • Turn your phone off! Or leave it at home.
  • Check your desk number: if you don’t sit at the desk which is allocated to you, you may be marked as absent for that exam!