Each exam venue has at least one standard English dictionary available for you to consult, provided the exam paper does not state dictionaries are not 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 you would like to bring a bilingual dictionary into an exam, please visit your Support Centre where staff 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. You should display this letter on your desk throughout the exam. The Invigilator will check the dictionary for any notes and annotations, which are not allowed.
A School may not permit the use of a dictionary for examinations for which it is not responsible.
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 prices: FX- 83GTPLUS= £12.99 and FX-85GTPLUS = £13.99), including from Blackwells on the Whiteknights Campus.
For further information about which calculators are allowed in which exams, please contact your Support Centre in the first instance.
If you're in any doubt, you should consult your Department/School for information about the use of calculators and dictionaries in exams.