When will the autumn 2020 resit/retake ‘take home’ exams take place?
We published the timetable for autumn resit/retake ‘take home’ exams on RISIS on 4 September and this was confirmed by email to students who are resitting/retaking at this time. If you have not received your timetable, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the marks ‘safety net’ apply to retakes and resits?
The marks ‘safety net’ means that, subject to certain important exceptions, your mark for each module will be no lower than the average you had achieved through the coursework and other assessment with an original submission date before the end of the Spring term, 27 March 2020.
If you are retaking an exam or assessment, you will be awarded whichever mark is higher; your original ‘safety net’ mark, or your retake mark.
If you are resitting an exam or assessment, you will be awarded whichever mark is higher; your original attempt (with the marks ‘safety net’ already applied) or your resit mark.
What is a ‘take home’ exam, when will the papers be released and how can I prepare?
A ‘take home’ exam is an open-book, time-limited exam that you can take in your own environment. Some important elements are built in to account for the current circumstances.
It can be done at home with access to lecture notes, internet and other resources.
It will be released at 10am (UK time) on Blackboard, which we will determine to take best account of time differences.
The take home exam will normally remain open for 23 hours, to allow for things like time differences, caring arrangements and any interruptions or technical difficulties. You are not expected to spend 23 hours actually doing the exam and suggested timings for completion will be provided.
You will not have more than one take home exam in a day.
There is no time for research or learning new topics and students are therefore strongly advised to revise as they would do for an exam taken under standard exam conditions.
Your exam timetable for Autumn 2020 was published on RISIS from 4 September.
The practice paper (see more information below) will allow you to test a range of submission options.
We have published specific advice about how to prepare for ‘take home’ exams here.
Is there an opportunity to practice?
Yes, a practice take home exam has been made available on Blackboard. This allows you to get used to the system, work out the best arrangements for taking the exam in your current environment and test your internet connection. If you need any further support then log a ticket with email@example.com.
The process for submission of your answers will be the same as any other submission via Blackboard/Turnitin. However, the practice is an opportunity to test making a submission using your current internet connection and equipment, helping to identify and resolve any technical issues before your first exam.
How long should I spend writing my answers and will there be a word limit?
You will be advised to spend a similar amount of time on your answers as you would have done if the exam was being undertaken in standard exam conditions. This time will be indicated on the exam paper. You are not expected to spend the full 23-hour period completing the exam. This time is provided to help allow for things like time differences across the world, interruptions and technical issues, and special arrangements for extra time.
Word counts will be present on most papers and it is important that these are not exceeded.
Word limits are maximum word limits and include text in tables, but not text in charts, diagrams or graphs.
Students are encouraged to write succinctly and a high mark can be achieved without reaching the maximum word limit.
The marker is not obliged to read beyond the maximum word limit and a mark will be awarded based on the answer given up to the maximum word limit.
What happens if I am taking an accredited exam which must be sat under specific conditions?
There are a small number of accredited exams that can only be done under invigilated exam conditions. Those students affected will have been notified about what arrangements we have made for these exams.
If you feel you are affected by this and have not been notified about these arrangements please email firstname.lastname@example.org using your University email address and quoting your candidate number (found on your exam timetable) and the module codes for your accredited exam(s).