Exam materials

Make sure you understand what you can take into the exam room and what will already be on your desk.

Permitted items

Student Identification Card:

  • Remember to bring your student card with you, as it is the only form of ID accepted. You must bring it to all exams and display it on your desk. 
  • If you're unable to present your University ID card during an exam, your details will be recorded. An identification check will be carried out on you, and you will not be able to leave the exam room until this is completed. If you then attempt to attend further exams without your ID card, you may find yourself excluded from the exam. Your name and student number must be written on the front of all exam script books.  
  • Any student ID cards left in exam rooms will be taken to the Student Services Centre counter, Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building. 
  • If you've lost your student ID card, you'll need to visit the Student Services Centre counter and buy a new one. 


  • Basic (i.e. non-programmable) calculators may be used in exams, unless specifically stated on the exam paper. In some exams, there may be a restriction on the type of calculator you're allowed to use. Miniature information processors for the storing of information aren't permitted and their use will be regarded as cheating. 
  • Some schools have an authorisation process for calculators which you must follow. It is your responsibility to check whether or not you're allowed to bring a calculator into your exam and to check that the type of calculator you are using is permitted. 
  • Spare calculators are not provided.

Pens and pencils:

  • Pens should be black or blue only. If you use a red or green pen or a pencil, your work may not be marked. 
  • Pencils - multiple-choice answer cards should be completed using an HB pencil.  Make sure you have a sharpener or spare pencil and an eraser.


  • You are only allowed to take a dictionary into the exam with you if it is specifically stated in the exam paper rubric (the instructions on the front of the examination paper) that it is permitted. Always check with your module leader before the examination whether or not you are permitted to take a dictionary for that exam. Electronic translators aren't allowed under any circumstances.  
  • All exam venues will be supplied with a basic English language dictionary that you may request to use by raising your hand and speaking to the invigilator during the exam.  
  • Where a dictionary is permitted, it must not be annotated, augmented or otherwise altered in any way apart from the inclusion of the owner's name inside the front cover.  Annotations include, for example, notes (including single words), cross-references, highlighted text or underlined text.  Any annotation other than the owner's name on the inside cover will be considered an attempt to introduce an 'unauthorised' item into the exam room under the Cheating, Plagiarism, Fraudulent or Fabricated Coursework and Malpractice in University Examinations and Assessments Regulations.
  • You are personally responsible for the dictionary you bring to the exam. To claim it is borrowed or second hand will not be an acceptable defence.

Text Books:

It's your responsibility to check whether or not you're allowed to bring a textbook into your exam. Unless informed otherwise, textbooks are not permitted. If your school allows textbooks to be used in exams, check if any annotations are allowed.

You are not permitted the following items in the exam room:

  • Food or drink - you may take a clear water bottle with all labels removed 
  • coats 
  • bags 
  • pencil cases (even transparent ones) 
  • Unauthorised material of any kind, such as blank or graph paper, revision or study notes
  • notes of any kind - including notes on your skin or clothing
  • headwear (unless for religious reasons) 
  • mobile phones/tablets/bluetooth devices 
  • personal music players 
  • Calculator covers

If you bring these items with you, invigilators will specify a place where they must be left. 

Phones must be switched off, with all pre-set alarms disabled. Your phone should be put inside the clear plastic bag provided at the start of the exam and placed on your desk, as instructed by the invigilator. If you're found using your phone during the exam, or your phone is found to be switched on during the exam, this will be investigated as cheating.

Check you have no notes written on your hands, arms or clothing. Any writing observed on you will be investigated as cheating. 

On your desk:

Depending on what is required for the exam, you will find some, if not all of the following items:

  • Script book – Complete the front cover and read the information, do not make any notes in or on the script book until the Invigilator instructs you to start the exam.
  • Exam Question Paper – Read carefully the front page of the question, do not turn over and start reading the questions until you are instructed to do so by an Invigilator.  Check carefully that the module code and exam title match that which you are expecting to take.  Make sure your exam question paper does not have a module code with a different last two digits to what you are expecting.  Resit papers may have a module code ending in 09, if you are taking the paper for the first time you will need a different paper.  Raise your hand and tell the Invigilator.
  • Plastic bag – Disable all alarms and turn off your mobile phone and place it in the bag along with any blue tooth devices or any other electronic devices including smart watches.  Leave on the corner of your desk.
  • Treasury tag – You should have a treasury tag on your desk if more than one script book has been given to you. 
  • MCQ/MRQ or EMQ card (Multiple Choice Answer cards)- Use only pencil to fill in these cards. Do not bend or fold them.  Do not punch a hole in them to attach them to your script book.  Make sure you hand it in at the end of the exam.
  • Graph paper - If needed, you should have a sheet on your desk.

If other material is needed for the exam it will be mentioned in the rubric of the exam.  If the front of the exam paper states Chemistry Data and Code Formula Booklet or Statistical tables for example, check that these are on your desk.  If not raise your hand and tell the Invigilator as soon as possible.  They will make sure you get what you need.