This section provides guidance for when you are sitting exams.
See FAQs around examinations. FAQs include what ID is required; what you can take into my exams; exam venues; exam do’s and don’ts and taking exams overseas.
Exam advice and guidance for disabled students
Your exam support should be listed in your learning contract, if you have one.
Examples of exam support include extra time for writing or rest breaks, use of a computer or use of a scribe. The support you get will be agreed within a guidance appointment or Study Needs Assessment.
If your learning contract states that you may not be able to attend an exam, please contact your faculty as soon as possible to check the procedure for non-attendance due to disability related reasons.
If you need to discuss changes to your exam support, contact Disabled Student Support and book a guidance appointment.
Please see Exam and Coursework FAQs for further information.
Follow this link for the Examination Schedule/Timetable
Follow this link for maps to the University’s Exam Venues
Coping with exams
Sitting exams can feel stressful to a lot of us but if you are prepared then you will feel calmer. Take a look at our hints and tips for exam preparation below:
- Start revision early
- Break topics into small chunks
- Revise little and often rather than for long periods (half an hour-45 minutes a day for 1 month is better than 16 hours in the 2 days before)
- Find your own revision style (reading/ writing/ recording/ listening)
- Take breaks
Learn how to prepare for exams and reflect on your performance with effective revision methods and strategies for answering different types of exam questions:
- mental and physical preparation
- revision strategies
- what to expect on the day of your exam
- how to respond to different types of question
See our Exam Guide resources to make sure you prepare well and ace your exams.
Have a look at the University of Derby video below which gives you some useful ideas on exam revision, performance and coping with nerves.
What if I miss an exam?
If you miss an exam, contact your Student Support Officer as soon as possible. Please note that if you arrive late, you are permitted to enter an examination during the first 30 minutes, including any reading time allocated to the examination.
Please see the Extenuating Circumstances Policy for reference.
Legibility of examination work
Presenting work for assessment
Legibility of work presented for assessment
Students are responsible for ensuring that all assessment is presented in a legible form.
Students are expected to write examination scripts in a legible form. If an examination script is illegible or difficult to read and the student has not already been formally warned about legibility, the student is required to transcribe the script prior to marking. This should be conducted under supervision. The student should be formally warned in writing that it is their responsibility to submit work in a legible form and any subsequent pieces of illegible work will not be classed as a valid attempt. The assessment task will be referred (if at first submission) or failed (if at referral submission).
Follow this link for the Examination Conduct Policy