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Many students will be taking exams in their rooms this term due to the pandemic.

We all need to be considerate and respectful, to give everyone the best chance in their assessments.

Let’s all take CARE to avoid disruption.


Exams are different this year

Because of COVID-19, most exams will be taking place online this term.

Most students will be sitting them in their own rooms and other locations in colleges and other areas– with around 40,000 exam sittings across the University.

Exams will take place every weekday from 9.30am, and will not finish for some until 6pm. Students will also be revising outside of these times.

Exams will happen throughout the term, but the peak exam season runs from 5th week (Monday 24 May), up until the end of 9th Week (Friday 26 June), with exams taking place every weekday in these weeks.

Online exams include prelims  as well as finals for undergraduates, and postgraduate exams.

While some exams will take place in-person, the numbers will be limited even after social distancing requirements have been lifted.

How to avoid disruption

This has been an incredibly different year for everyone, and we want all students to be at their best during their exams.

Exams are stressful enough. Causing unnecessary noise and distractions is going to make them even more difficult.

We can all take simple steps to avoid disruption:

  • Be as quiet as possible in all parts of colleges and student accommodation from 9am to 6pm until Friday 26 June
  • This means no shouting, loud music, ball games, or any other activities that are likely to cause a distraction
  • This is equally as important in outside spaces close to buildings as it is inside buildings
  • Celebrate after your exams away from student accommodation and outside of exam times, and don’t take part in trashing 

We can all inadvertently disrupt exams– whether we are in indoor or outdoor spaces – which is why it’s so important that we’re considerate at all times.  We all need to be considerate and respectful, to give everyone the best chance in their assessments.

We appreciate that you will want to celebrate after you have finished your exams – especially after such a difficult year – but it’s important you think about those who are still studying, and celebrate away from other students taking their exams or revising for them. 

Advice for students taking exams

If you are taking your exams, you should:

Please note that you will usually be expected to do your exams in your room. Minor noise and distractions won’t usually be regarded as grounds for mitigating circumstances applications.

If there are exceptional circumstances (such as unavoidable building work), your college may support you in finding alternative locations to take your exams. You should speak to your college about this in the first instance. 

For all essential guidance about open-book exams, go to the Trinity term exams page on the Oxford Students website.

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