Examinations

We know that examination time can be stressful. As well as making sure you have structured your study well in the run up to exams and that you are confident and prepared for the challenge of assessment, there can be additional pressure associated with attending, and knowing how to conduct yourself during, the examination.

Our video a guide to your examinations is available to watch.

Be prepared

DO   DO NOT
  • Do find the time to read through all relevant rules and regulations before sitting any examinations.
  • Do arrive at least 30 minutes before your examination is due to start.
  • Do bring both your admission notice and photographic ID with you – you may not be able to enter the examination hall without these items.
  • Do take the following items only into the examination room:

    - Your admission notice
    - Pens (ink or ballpoint)
    - Items specifically stated on your Permitted Materials list, if you have one (a calculator or statute book for instance)

  • Do listen carefully to all announcements given before your examination begins.
  • Do comply with all invigilator requests.
  • Do not bring any books, notes, papers, instruments or materials of any description into the examination hall unless you have permission to do so (for example, a statute book that appears on the permitted materials list).
  • Do not bring your phone - all types of handset (smart-phones or more basic models) are prohibited and must be deposited with invigilators before taking your seat.
  • Do not bring any electronic devices, including smartwatches, fitness bands or music players.
  • Do not keep anything in your pockets.
  • Do not bring any food or drink, other than a bottle of water in a clear container.
  • Do not communicate with any other student during the examination, for example by talking, signalling or passing information.
  • Do not use scrap paper or write on your admission notice. You must only write in your answer script. This includes rough work which should be crossed through before submitting.

Following the guidance above contributes to the smooth running of examination sessions and helps make sure that no student can hold an advantage over another.

The University of London International Programmes investigates between 150 and 200 alleged examination hall offences on average in each academic year.

These included carrying a mobile phone during the examination, accessing information on a smartwatch, being in possession of unauthorised paper notes, and accessing prohibited materials during toilet breaks. Some students also hid faint pencil annotations between the printed text of their permitted statute books, glued pages together to conceal notes or concealed essay-style information between the pages of the book.

The invigilators are aware of these methods of cheating and conduct detailed checks before and during each examination.

You are also advised not to rely on memorising model answers from the study guide, past exam papers or elsewhere. Rote learning, as this is known, is unlikely to answer the question well and could lead to an allegation of assessment offence if an examiner believes that the work is not your own.

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Sitting Examinations