A planner with a coffee cup and blanket. Photo by Tara Winstead from Pexels
A planner with a coffee cup and blanket. Photo by Tara Winstead from Pexels

Preparing for Trinity term exams

Exams and assessments in Trinity term are planned to go ahead in the format already communicated to you. You can access your personal examination timetable in Student Self Service at least two weeks before your first examination.

Exam wellbeing

Navigating exams can be challenging, but the University is committed to supporting you as you engage with the process. A range of exam-specific guidance has been developed with the Counselling Service, and in line with Wellbeing at Oxford - the University’s campaign focused on student mental health and wellbeing.

In person exams

If you are due to take in-person examinations, you are expected to follow all University health guidance. You are also encouraged to take an LFD test before your exams.

Mock exams are taking place at the Examination Schools in Week 3 of Trinity term. There has been unprecedented interest in mock exams and a waiting list is in operation. If you’re unable to sit a mock exam, you can still familiarise yourself with the venue, exam regulations, and what happens on your exam day by reading through the In-person exams page and the Exam Wellbeing and Preparation page.

If you are not able to attend an in-person exam because of an approved medical reason or residency situation, it may be possible for you to sit it online at the same time as the in-person exam, with remote invigilation in place. If you have approved residency dispensation to be outside of mainland UK, or have to stay at home due to COVID-19 guidance or having other specific medical conditions (but are otherwise well), please contact your college (or your department if you don’t have a college). They will need to submit a remote invigilation application to the Proctors’ Office on your behalf.

For more information on how in-person exams will work, what you should do in advance of the exams and what to expect on the day, go to the In-person exams page of the Oxford student website.

Online exams

Those exams taking place online will continue to use Inspera, the University’s online assessment platform.

In preparation for your online exam, follow the tips in this video guide to ensure a smooth exam experience. You are also encouraged to practise using Inspera, ahead of your online exam.
For an exam with a ‘typed’ mode of completion, practise typing directly into the Inspera text editor, where your answers are automatically saved. If you work outside of Inspera, with the intention of copying and pasting your responses into Inspera before the exam ends, you do so at your own risk. Only work entered into Inspera within the exam duration will be marked. 
For an exam with a ‘handwritten / upload’ or ‘mixed’ mode of completion, practise uploading exam responses (or part of your exam response) to Inspera. Don’t leave it to the exam to scan handwritten work or convert documents to a PDF for the first time.
Full guidance on online exams can be found on the Online exams page of the Oxford student website.

Coursework submissions

The majority of submissions will take place online using Inspera, the platform which is also used for online exams at Oxford. Full details of how to prepare for and submit online, including practice submissions, are available on the Online coursework submissions using Inspera page.

Policy information about submissions can be found on the Submissions page of the Oxford student website.