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Before your exam

Exam Checklist – things you need to do/know before your exams:

 On-site Examinations - Covid-19

  • Face masks are compulsory unless you are exempt
  • Please wait outside of the exam location until admitted by an invigilator
  • Maintain social distancing at all times
  • Clean your hands upon entry and exit
  • Ensure that you bring ALL STATIONERY needed as invigilators are not permitted to provide stationery 
How to check your Exam Timetable

Your individual exam timetable can be found via the Share Point site

Please ensure that you check it carefully. If you notice anything missing please contact your Student Service Centre as soon as possible. 

How do I find out where my exams are? 
Where is the Hopper bus timetable?

There is currently no hopper bus timetable. The timetable for all hopper buses will be available to view in January 2022.

You can access the The hopper bus timetable for further details on travelling between campuses. 

There are also additional buses during the exam periods – link to additional bus timetable

Do I need ID?


Please ensure that you take a form of Photographic ID with you to the exam.

This should be your Student ID card but a valid passport, photo driving license or other national identity cards are also acceptable forms of ID.

What do I need to bring to my exam?

It is your responsibility to bring the correct stationery to your exam.

The Exams Office DO NOT issue stationery so if you haven’t got the correct stationery, you risk not being able to sit your exam.

You MUST bring the following stationery to ALL of your examinations:

Pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, pencil sharpener, ruler, coloured pencils, permitted calculators

Guide notes on the use of calculators in exams

Can I bring a dictionary to my exams?

Dictionaries are not allowed, with one exception; those whose first language is not English may use a standard translation dictionary to translate between that language and English, provided that neither language is the subject of this examination. 

Subject specific translation dictionaries are not permitted.

No electronic devices capable of storing and retrieving text, including electronic dictionaries, may be used.

What am I NOT allowed to bring to my exam?

The following items are NOT PERMITTED in an exam:

Mobile phones, smart watches, pagers, MP3/MP4 player, iPod, tablet computers, laptop computers, personal organisers, electronic dictionaries, unauthorized calculators, any other electronic device.

Can I bring food/drink?
You may bring small quantities of food and drink - though it must not disturb other candidates, and must not be annotated in any way or you may be suspected of cheating.
Can I bring valuables to my exam?

It is preferred that you don’t bring valuables to the exam room as you will be expected to leave your bag away from your desk during exams.

Wallets, purses and keys can be taken to your desk, but must be stored underneath and must not be accessed at any point during the exam.  

You MUST ensure that mobile phones, smart watches, tablets etc. are turned off.  

The University is not liable for any losses experienced during exams, bags will be left unattended.

What do I do if I arrive late to my exam?

It is your responsibility to make sure that you leave sufficient time to get to your exam(s). If you arrive late for your exam you will be allowed to enter the exam room during the first hour of the exam.

If the exam is less than 1 hour, you are only permitted to enter the exam room whilst the exam is still underway. You will not receive any additional time to compensate for late arrival.

If you arrive after the first hour or at an exam that is less than 1 hour in duration that has ended, you will not be permitted to enter the room.

If you are late arriving for an exam, you should fill in an Extenuating Circumstances form if you wish to make your School aware of the circumstances. 

Further information about extenuating circumstances can be found on the Counselling Service webpages.

The URL link to the form is here:

Can I use my car to get to my exams?

The usual University of Nottingham parking regulations apply during examinations.

Students are NOT allowed to park for their examinations unless they have a parking permit.

My handwriting is not legible, what can I do?

It is likely that you may need to write for long periods of time during an exam. If this is something that you haven't done for a while, try to practice in advance.

If you know that you have problems with illegible handwriting contact Student Academic Skills for support and guidance on strategies to improve.

Also see the University's policy on the Legibility of Work Submitted for Assessment.

If you have any queries about your exam timetable please view our FAQ's or complete and submit the Exam Support Form for additional advice.

 During your Exam


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