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Use of dictionaries and calculators in examinations

Dictionaries

Each exam venue has at least one standard English dictionary available to consult, provided the exam paper does not state that no dictionaries are permitted.  If you wish to use it, you must put up your hand and ask the invigilator for permission.

Candidates may only take a bilingual dictionary (in book format) into a University exam if prior permission has been given by the School responsible for the paper. Electronic dictionaries are not permitted. Where a School permits all candidates to use dictionaries (e.g. for a modern language translation paper), this will be indicated on the exam question paper, together with details of the dictionaries specifically permitted or excluded.

If a student would like to bring a bilingual dictionary into an exam, they must visit their Student Support Centre who will provide a letter on headed paper to state that use of the dictionary will be permitted, listing the specific exams in which it is allowed.  The student should display this letter on his/her desk throughout the exam.  The invigilator will check the dictionary for notes and annotations which are not permitted. 

A School may not permit the use of a dictionary for examinations for which it is not responsible.

Calculators

From 2016/7 there are two recommended models of calculator for use in exams.

If an exam paper does not mention calculators on the front cover, you will be allowed to take one of the following into the exam:

  • Casio FX-83GTPLUS or Casio FX-85GTPLUS
  • Any calculator that already has a foil sticker applied by your School/Department (this is only likely to apply if you are a returning student)

Additionally, certain exam papers might specify the following:

  • Only certain calculators are permitted (the model would be specified in this instance)
  • That no calculators are permitted

The two recommended models above are widely available (recommended retail price around £12), including from Campus Central and Blackwells.

For further information about which calculators are allowed in which exams, please contact your Student Support Centre in the first instance. 

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