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Assessments – We're here to help!

Exams at University can be quite different from exams you’ve experienced before. Exams are held in a range of different venues across the University, from large halls to individual rooms. Sometimes several different exams are held in the same venue at the same time.

Most exams are held within the three assessment periods each year – in January at the end of teaching block 1, in May/June at the end of teaching block 2, and in August/September (the resit period). Some courses such as Medicine may also hold exams outside of these times.

You will be told when and where your exams are going to be held about one month before the exam period starts.

On the day, if you arrive more than 30 minutes late for the exam, you will not usually be allowed into the exam hall.

You are allowed to leave the exam hall for toilet breaks, but not within the first 30 minutes or the last 15 minutes of the exam.


Invigilators are responsible for making sure that exams are conducted properly. If they spot any problems they will deal with them according to the regulations. If you need assistance during the exam, put your hand up and an invigilator will come to you.

What can I bring into the exam hall?

Make sure you bring your Ucard and your candidate number. You are allowed to bring in one unlabelled clear bottle of water. Each exam venue has a designated area where you can leave coats and valuables. Make sure that your mobile phone is turned off if you have brought it with you.

Some exams allow the use of calculators or specific text books – you must make yourself aware of what is allowed. If you are allowed text books you must ensure that there are no unauthorised markings in them.

If English is not your first language, you may be allowed to take a translation dictionary into the exams with you. You will 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. You can access the form here.

If you are found with any unauthorised items during an exam the invigilator will report this to your faculty who will investigate the matter.

Getting Help and Advice

If you need help or advice during the exams (or any other time!) the Just Ask advisers are here to support you. We can talk with you about your concerns and help you to find options. Contact us on

If you're concerned that assessment stress or anxiety is affecting your health, speak to the Student Health Service.

The University's Study Skills Service can give you information and support with assessment anxiety and the University's Wellbeing Service is also available for help with any kind of wellbeing concern.