Important Information

Examination Information and Guidance for Students

All examination candidates are expected to read the following information and to follow the instructions provided. Failing to follow these instructions may, in some instances, result in an allegation of cheating or disciplinary misconduct. Ignorance of the rules is not an acceptable defence.

General Clothing

There is no dress code for exams but you should not wear any clothing which would prevent an invigilator from being able to identify you from your student ID card or which may conceal headphones or other prohibited items/material. You may be asked to remove any headwear which is not worn for religious purposes. If you wear a facial covering for religious or cultural reasons, a member of staff (of the same sex as you) may ask you to accompany them to a private room to check your identity after the exam. They may also check that you are not bringing in any equipment or materials, other than those permitted.

Absence/Extenuating Circumstances

If you are absent from an exam or feel that your performance in an exam has been significantly and negatively affected as a result of illness/injury, bereavement or other personal circumstances, you may submit an extenuating circumstances application to the appropriate CAS Hub within 3 days of the date of your exam.

Examination Instructions for Students:

  • You must leave all personal belongings including electronic devices (e.g. Phones, smart watches, tablets) in the area defined by the invigilator;
  • All personal electronic devices must be turned off;
  • Being in possession of an unauthorised electronic device during an examination will be considered to be an attempt to use unfair means which is a breach of the Academic Regulations and appropriate penalties will be applied;
  • Do not communicate with other candidates after entering the examination room;
  • You may only take to your desk the equipment required to complete the examination which must be clearly visible to the invigilators. If you wish to use a pencil case or small bag, it must be made of clear plastic;
  • You may take one drink to your desk which must be contained within a clear bottle.
  • Place your UCLan Card on the corner of your desk with the photograph side upwards to assist the invigilators in checking identities;
  • Check that the correct examination paper is in front of you;
  • Complete all the details on the front of the answer book and the attendance slip;
  • Start each answer at the top of a page unless told otherwise in the examination paper. Question numbers must be written in the left-hand margin and the rest of the left and right margins left blank. If additional answer books are needed please raise your hand. Number additional books used, and clearly label with your student number; ·
  • If you have a question regarding the accuracy of the examination paper, please raise your hand;
  • Anyone suspected of using unfair means in an examination will be cautioned and the matter will be investigated in accordance with the Academic Regulations;
  • No-one will be allowed to enter the examination room after the first 30 minutes of the examination;
  • No-one will be allowed to leave the examination room during the first 30 minutes or last 30 minutes of the examination unless for reasons relating to visiting the toilet, illness or emergency; 
  • If you finish the examination early, please raise your hand and wait for your examination script to be collected before leaving the room quietly;
  • If you wish to visit the toilet, please raise your hand and you will be accompanied by an invigilator.
  • You must not speak to or communicate in any way with anyone other than invigilators during the examination;
  • You must not disturb other candidates;
  • You must behave in a reasonable way at all times or you may be expelled from the examination room and not allowed to return. Further disciplinary action may also be taken.

At the end of the examination:

  • Remain seated and silent until all the answer books have been collected and you are told by an invigilator that you can leave the room.

Full instructions for examination candidates are available in the Assessment Handbook (Section 5.4).



Examination FAQs

When will the exam timetable be available?
The timetable will appear on your personal timetable approximately 6 weeks before the start of the relevant exam period.  Please make sure you keep checking your timetable on a regular basis just in case a change has occurred.  Your timetable can be accessed via the following link:

I can't find my module code - what now?
If your module is not on your timetable, please contact your School for advice.

I have two exams scheduled for the same time. Help!
This shouldn't happen as the timetable is checked for clashes before it is released, however, if two of your exams have been timetabled at the same time on the same day, please contact your School as soon as possible for assistance.

I have a teaching event scheduled at the same time. What should I do?
You must attend your exam but also contact your School to make sure they are aware of the clash.

Will the timetable change?
Hopefully not. We try not to make changes, but sometimes it's unavoidable. Any changes will automatically appear on your personal online timetable so please check this regularly.

Where is my exam?
You can view a map of the campus here.

What is my seat number?
If your exam is taking place in Brook 009, Sports Hall 1 or Sports Hall 2, there will be a block of seats allocated to it and the invigilators will direct you to the relevant place.

What if I'm ill on the day of the exam?
We ask you to log your Extenuating Circumstances no later than 3 days after the exam. The process for doing this is explained here.

I need special arrangements for my examinations – who can help?
Disability Services can provide advice if you feel that you require special examination arrangements. If special arrangements are approved you will be written to separately with the details of your examinations.