Here’s what you need to know if you are sitting exams...
Before your exam, make sure you're ready and have the information you need. Please read all of the examination arrangements document carefully; it will help you to answer any questions that you may have and provide you with further guidance.
The key areas you will need to familiarise yourself with are:
- Accessing your timetable
- Location of examination venues on London Road campus and Whiteknights campus
- What to expect on the day of the exam
- What can and can’t be taken into the exam room
- What to expect during the exam and how to make contact with the Invigilator
- Cheating – what constitutes cheating?
- What other behaviours might cause academic misconduct?
- Exam arrangements in case of illness or other problems
- Extenuating circumstances
Know the rules
Every year, we catch students breaking the rules. Ignorance is not an excuse. If you are caught breaking the rules for whatever reason, it will be considered cheating and you will face academic misconduct procedures.
Mobile phones are a particular problem in exams - under no circumstance may you have a mobile phone, smartwatch or other electronic device on your person during an exam.
If you have a phone in your pocket during an exam, even if it is switched off, you will be breaking the rules and risk receiving a mark of zero for the exam.
Please check your pockets carefully before you sit down and leave your phone or any other electronic devices at the front of the room with an Invigilator.
I need somewhere to stay - what should I do?
If you wish to stay in halls accommodation while taking your exams, please visit the accommodations webpage for more information and to check availability.
Taking exams abroad
You are expected to be available in Reading to sit your exams for summer and resit periods. In highly exceptional cases you may be permitted to sit your exam overseas. This requires submitting a case to your School Director for Teaching and Learning.
The administration fee for sitting exams overseas in exceptional circumstances is £220 plus local invigilation costs (e.g. via the British Council) and the normal University of Reading re-assessment fee.