Read the In-person Exams Guide for Candidates
If you are taking an in-person exams this term, you must carefully read the detailed In-person Exams Guide for Candidates (PDF). Last updated Monday 10 March 2021.
Taking items into an exam
The rules on exam attire have been relaxed for the 2020-21 academic year and you may wear your everyday clothes. If you wish you may wear sub fusc, but please leave your cap at home to limit the number of belongings you bring to the Examination Schools.
Face coverings in exams
- not being able to put on, wear, or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
- if putting on, wearing, or removing a face covering will cause severe distress
- where interacting with someone who uses lip reading to communicate, or who has social communication impairments
Find your candidate number
Your candidate number can be found in Student Self Service and appears on your individual timetable.
Sitting your exam
|Arrive between 9.30 and 9.50am (exams begin at 10am).||Arrive just as your exam is scheduled to start.|
|Queue two metres apart along the barriers on Merton Street and enter through the Examination Schools quad gate. Doors open at 9.30am.||Gather in groups or wait by the Examination Schools front doors on the High Street.|
|Follow the signposts to your exam room, keeping two meters apart.||Gather in groups or wait for friends.|
|Read carefully the instructions on the front of your exam paper.||Leave your exam within the first or last 30 minutes.|
|Write in black or blue ink.||Write in pencil.|
|Cross through your rough notes.||If you don't cross through your rough notes they may be marked by an examiner.|
|Complete the question numbers you have answered on the front page of the script booklet.||Complete the examiners column on the front page of the script booklet.|
|If you think that there is an error or mistake in your exam paper you should state what you consider the error or mistake to be at the start of your answer for that question and if necessary, you should state your understanding of the question. You should then try to complete the paper as best you can.||It will not be possible to query the content of the exam paper during the exam.|
|Complete your candidate details on the front of our script booklet: candidate number, date, exam.||Write your name, university ID or Student Self Service number on the front of the script booklet.|
|Raise your hand if you want to get the attention of an invigilator.||Leave your seat without the permission of an invigilator.|
|Wear a face mask or covering in line with the University policy.||Communicate with any person during the exam, other than the invigilator.|
|Remain seated at all times.||Turn over your exam paper until you are instructed to do so.|
|Raise your hand if you need to leave the room, for example in the case of illness||Leave or re-enter the exam unless permitted by an invigilator|
|Remain silent in the exam room until all scripts have been collected and you are told to leave the room.|
|Leave the building immediately after your exams.||Wait in the corridors or in the quad.|
- You must remain silent in the exam room until all scripts have been collected and you are told to leave the room.
- After your exam please listen to the instructions from the invigilators.
- Unruly, disruptive or anti-social behaviour at the end of your exam will be reported to the Proctors and you may be fined.
Fees payable for exams
You may be liable to pay fees for certain exams or for late entry or late alteration of options. Full details of fees are available from the fees and funding page.
- Plagiarism is the copying or paraphrasing of other people's work or ideas into your own work without full acknowledgement.
- All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition.
- Intentional plagiarism can carry severe penalties, including failing your degree.
- avoiding plagiarism.
- You cannot claim exemption from Jury service.
- If you are summoned to serve during term-time, and particularly when sitting exams, you should apply to the Jury Central Summoning Bureau for deferral or excusal, as set out in the summons.
- You should also seek the advice of your college office.
Alternative exam arrangements for religious observances
- If you wish to uphold religious observances which impact on your ability to sit exams on particular days or times of day speak to your college office as early as possible.
- An application for scheduling preferences should be submitted as an alternative exam arrangement application via your college office.
- Scheduling adjustments must be applied for by the end of Week 4 of Michaelmas Term in order for your preferences to be taken into account whilst during the setting of the exam timetable.
- If it has not been possible to meet your preferences and your exam timetables does clash with your religious observance, you may need to apply for an adjustment to your individual timetable under Part 12 of the Examination Regulations.
Examination adjustments for disability
- You can request exam adjustments related to your disability such as extra time or exam scheduling.
- Further information is available on the Exam adjustments page.
- If you are unwell on the day of your exam and are unable to attend, you can apply to the Proctors for excusal. The form for applying for excusal is available on the Proctors’ Office website and you should submit relevant medical evidence with your application.
- You can apply for excusal up to 4 weeks before an exam and up to 14 days after an exam. Further details on the process and the evidence required can be found on the Problems completing your assessment page.
- If you are excused by the Proctors, the exam board can decide either to classify you on the assessment you have completed, or request that you take the assessment at the next available opportunity.
- You cannot apply for excusal if you have attended any part of the exam (this includes downloading the paper if the exam is online). If you attend the exam and have to leave because you are unwell you should submit a mitigating circumstances notice to the examiners.
If you are not able to attend in-person exams for reasons related to Covid-19 because you are:
- not able to travel to Oxford
- self-isolating (but otherwise well)
It may be possible for you to sit your exam online with remote invigilation in place at the same time as your cohort is taking the exam in person. Please consult your college office in the first instance who will need to submit an application to the Proctors Office on your behalf.
Mitigating circumstances notices to examiners (MCE)
If you believe your academic performance has been seriously affected by COVID-19 situation and/or a medical or personal issue you can submit a mitigating circumstances notice to your examiners (MCE) via your college or your department if you are a non-matriculated student. For further details on how to submit a notice, see the Problems completing your assessment page.
Complaints and academic appeals
- Complaints concerning the conduct of university exams or circumstances that affected the teaching or tutorial support on your course - raise concerns with your senior tutor.
- If, following such a discussion, you have a complaint about procedures not being correctly followed during an exam, or you have reason to believe that your exam was not conducted fairly, you may make an academic appeal to the Proctors.
- Please refer to the Complaints and Appeals procedures in the University regulations.
- If you are a graduate research student you should raise your concerns with your director of graduate studies.