When entering the exam room

Know what is or is not acceptable behaviour in an exam room; know what you can or cannot have on your exam desk.

Listen to the Invigilators instructions, and do as they say.

Make sure you have put all your study/revision notes in your bag.  The Invigilator will tell you where the designated area is for you to leave your belongings. 

  • Do not take the notes to your desk 
  • Do not put them in your pockets
  • Do not make notes on your skin, hands, arms or legs
  • Do not try to hide notes on your person or in your calculator

These are some of the things other students have done, they were caught and expelled from the University.  They did not get the chance to finish their studies and receive an award.  Don’t be like them.

Once in the room do not break the rules or even talk to a friend to wish them good luck.  In the exam room, you are under examination conditions and talking is regarded as an attempt to cheat. 

Once you are in your seat you must not get up and walk around.  You must raise your hand and speak with an Invigilator.

The following items are prohibited, make sure you do not take them into 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

Mobile phones and other electronic devices must have all pre-set alarms disabled and be switched off.  These must be placed in the plastic bag on your exam desk and left on the corner of your desk throughout the exam.

If you are wearing a watch, this should also be placed in the bag.

When you are seated in the exam room, you will see an Exams Regulation reminders card on your desk.  Read this thoroughly.

Your examination question paper will be on your desk.  Read the front cover only, this will give you information about the exam.  Do not turn over the question paper and start reading the questions until you are instructed to do so by an Invigilator.  For further guidance on what appears on the front of the examination question paper refer to Exam Question Papers on the Student SES Website.

If you need a script book, the invigilators will already have placed, what you need, on your desk.  Read the front cover of the script book and fill in your details.  It is important that you anonymise your script book before it is collected at the end of the exam. Do not open the script book or make any notes on it or on any of the other items on your desk until you are instructed to start the exam.  For further information on what is on the front of the script book and how to anonymise the script book, refer to Script books on the Student SES Website.

If you need a multiple choice answer card during the examination, this will have been placed on your desk.  You will need to fill in your student number and your details at the top of the card.  You must only use pencil on this card.  Make sure you have a sharpener or spare pencil and an eraser. There are a number of different styles of multiple choice answer cards and schools refer to them in differing ways.  For further guidance refer to the Student SES website on Multiple Choice Answer Cards (MCQ/EMQ).

Once you have entered the exam room, you will not be able to leave without permission from the Invigilator.  If you wish to leave the exam early you must raise your hand and ask permission from the Invigilator, you will not be allowed to leave in the first 60 minutes or the last 10 minutes of the exam.  If you are permitted to leave, do so as quickly and quietly as possible.  Be aware other exams are still on going in your room and other rooms close by.

Refer to the Exam Preparations and Arrangements page of the Students SES website for further guidance.