Examination Materials (2023)

For on campus examinations makesure you understand what you can take into the examination room and what will already be on your desk.

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Permitted items:

Student Identification Card:

  • Remember to bring your student ID card with you, as it is the only form of ID accepted. You must bring it to all examinations and display it on your desk.
  • Please note the ID card is an official University document and should not be tampered with in any way (e.g. the printed photo should not be covered or replaced with a different photo, the published dates on the card should not be amended etc). Tampering with the ID card may be considered cheating.
  • During the examination, the ID card should be placed on your desk.
  • If you're unable to present your University ID card during an examination, your details will be recorded. An identification check will be carried out on you, and you will not be able to leave the room until this is completed. If you then attempt to attend further examinations without your ID card, you may find yourself excluded from the examination. Your name and student number must be written on the front of all examination script books.
  • The University Covid-19 guidance is that you don’t have to wear a face covering on campus except for in clinical settings where NHS guidance may still apply. If you choose to wear one to your examination you may be asked to briefly remove it so that invigilators can complete the ID check.
  • Any student ID cards left in assessment venueswill 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 obtain a new one from the Student Services Centre counter. Details can be found on the Student Card webpage.


  • Basic (i.e. non-programmable) calculators may be used in examinations, unless specifically stated on the question paper. In some examinations, 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 examination and to check that the type of calculator you are using is permitted.
  • Spare calculators are not provided.
  • Calculator covers/lids should be removed and not brought into examinations.

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.
  • Multiple-choice answer cards should be completed using an HB pencil.
  • If you do need to use a pencil in an examination make sure you have a sharpener or spare pencil and an eraser.


  • You are only allowed to take a dictionary into the examination with you if it is specifically stated in the question 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 examination. Electronic translators aren't allowed under any circumstances.
  • All examination rooms will be supplied with a basic English language dictionary that (unless the use of it is precluded in the rubric of the question paper)you may request to use by raising your hand and speaking to the invigilator during the examinations.
  • 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 assessment room under the Cheating, Plagiarism, Fraudulent or Fabricated Coursework and Malpractice in University Examinations and Assessments Regulations. For more information see the Cheating in Exams webpage.
  • You are personally responsible for the dictionary you bring to the examination. 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 examination. Unless informed otherwise, textbooks are not permitted. If your school allows textbooks to be used in examinations, check if any annotations are allowed.

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

  • food or drink (however, you may take a clear water bottle with all labels removed)
  • coats
  • bags
  • pencil cases (even transparent ones)
  • tip-ex (or other ‘white out’ stationery items) –if you make a mistake in pen you should cross it out
  • unauthorised material of any kind, such as blank paper, graph paper, revision or study notes
  • notes of any kind - including notes on your skin or clothing
  • headwear (unless for religious reasons)
  • mobile phones (unless required for DUO authentication)/tablets/bluetooth devices/smart watches
  • personal music players
  • calculator covers/lids

If you bring these items with you, invigilators will specify an area where they must be left for the duration of the examination. But please note that the area will not be watched or monitored by invigilators so we advise that you do not bring the items to the examination room.

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Wallets and Purses

You may keep your wallet or purse under your chair or desk during the examination.

Phones and Electronic Devices

Phones may only be used if required for DUO authentication (for example, in Computer examinations where students are required to log in to Minerva).

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Unless being used for authentication, phones and electronic devicesmust be switched off, with all pre-set alarms disabled. Theyshould be put inside the clear plastic bag provided at the start of the examination and placed on your desk, as instructed by the invigilator. If youarefound using your phone or electronic device during the examination, or your phone/electronic device is found to be switched on during the examination, 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.

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On your desk:

Depending on what is required for the examination, 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 examination.
  • 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 title match that which you are expecting to take. Make sure your 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 itin 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 examination.
  • Graph paper - If needed, you should have a sheet on your desk.

If other materials are needed for the examination it will be mentioned in the rubric of the question paper. Ifthe front of the 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.

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Ideally, studying should start at least five days in advance of the exam to allow students an ample amount of time to go over course concepts and materials, and reach out to their instructor or peers if they find they have any questions.

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Is C the most common answer? ›

Most people (and tutors) tell students that, if they have no idea on a question, to just guess answer choice “C” — the middle answer on most multiple choice tests. That's fine advice if “C” is equally likely to be correct, which is not the case on the the last 10 questions of the ACT Math section.

What is the best letter to guess on a test? ›

C or H are right (and wrong) as often as any other answer choice. The only guess letter you don't want to use when you are completely guessing is E or K because they only show up on the math test.

Is B the most common answer? ›

On tests with four choices (say, A, B, C, and D), B was slightly more likely to be correct (28%). Remember, the expected likelihood of each option being correct is 25%. And on tests with five choices (say, A, B, C, D, and E), E was the most commonly correct answer (23%). C was the least (17%).

How many hours should I study for an exam? ›

A general rule is to spend two hours on homework or studying for every hour that your class meets. For example, if your economics class meets for an hour, three times a week, you might expect to spend six hours a week on homework or studying for your upcoming econ exams.

How long is it normal to study for a test? ›

If you have kept a good daily and weekly schedule, 15-20 hours should be about right for a mid-term, 20-30 for a final exam. Major papers take substantially more time and effort.

How many hours a day should you study to pass an exam? ›

Most people recommend studying for 3 to 4 hours every day on a set schedule that allows your brain to work at its full capacity. You should avoid studying for more than five or six hours as this can lead to burnout and cause you to lose the information that you have learned.

How many pages can an average person memorize in an hour? ›

While a slow reader will only get through 30 pages per hour, the average person can read around 40 pages per hour. Statistics show that quick readers can even go through 50 or 60 pages in one hour.

Can I learn 10 pages in 1 hour? ›

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How many pages can you memorize in 1 hour? ›

It depends on many factors. Factors like reading intent, knowledge, and reading style influence your reading. Also, perfectionism, state of mind, and the difficulty of the book are important. This all combined gives us a range of 3 to 100 pages per hour.

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Why am I not able to remember what I study? ›

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What is the 20 rule for studying? ›

Simply put, 20% or less of the studying you are doing is leading to the majority of your results. Furthermore, 20% or less of your course content comprises the majority of the content on your exams. Remember, professors (whether they know it or not) are applying the 80-20 rule to their exams.

Is it better to study before bed or in the morning? ›

Dozing off during study may be beneficial

Let's say you had a busy day but although you're tired, you still manage to study a bit before bed. Is that a waste of time? In fact, it's the opposite. During sleep, your brain processes the information you studied, so your retention is much more intense.

Is it better to take an exam in the morning or night? ›

T he best way to increase your chances of success in a job interview, exam, or driving test is to take it in the morning, scientists have found. Danish researchers found that "cognitive function" - or the ability to perform tests involving simple brain power - diminished throughout the day.

What is the 2 3 5 7 revision rule? ›

Revise a topic, then revisit it the next day, after three days, and after seven days. This is thought to be the perfect amount of time to help your brain remember information.

What is the most effective time to study? ›

Best time to study according to science

According to science, there are two windows of time the brain is most receptive to new material: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

What's the best study method? ›

Shorter, intensive study times are more effective than drawn out studying. In fact, one of the most impactful study strategies is distributing studying over multiple sessions (Newport, 2007). Intensive study sessions can last 30 or 45-minute sessions and include active studying strategies.

What is the 50 10 rule? ›

The 50/10 Rule mandates that you stay on task when studying during the 50 minutes, then go on a multitasking, multimedia bender during your 10-minute break. Mix and repeat.

Is it good to study 1 hour before a test? ›

Try to spend no more than an hour or two reviewing for your test. You don't want to spend all day studying as it'll wear you out the day of your test. Plus, you're unlikely to remember every piece of information you cram in such a short amount of time!

Can you study for a test in one night? ›

There's no need to feel completely frightened if you've procrastinated until the night before a test to study. Although you won't be able to commit much to long-term memory in a one-night cram session, you can learn enough to pass the test using these techniques.

Is C or C+ better? ›

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What is the best letter to guess on a multiple choice test? ›

It's best to pick one letter and guess with the same letter throughout the test. It statistically improves the chances of guessing more right. Remember, “When in doubt, pick C!” It doesn't have to be C. It just has to be the same letter every time.

Should you always pick C? ›

The idea that C is the best answer to choose when guess-answering a question on a multiple choice test rests on the premise that ACT answer choices are not truly randomized. In other words, the implication is that answer choice C is correct more often than any other answer choice.

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Is it OK to guess on a test? ›

If you've ever taken a standardized test—like the SAT, ACT, or PSAT—you've probably encountered some questions that you didn't know how to answer. When this happens, you should always guess, even if you have no idea which choice is correct.

Can you tell me best of luck for my exam? ›

Best of luck with your exams! All the best for your exams, your hard work will be worth it. Good luck, hope you don't forget a single thing during an exam. This might just be one exam and many more to come but my best wishes for your future endeavours.

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True or False. The “True” or “False” questions are some of the most commonly used multiple-choice questions. It includes the stem (question or statement) and two answer options – True and False.

Which answers should you eliminate first? ›

Eliminating silly or impossible answers should be done first when crossing out possible answer choices. Eliminating choices to help identify the best answer is not a valid and useful test taking strategy.

How many hours can a human brain study? ›


The human brain is able to focus up to two hours, after which it needs a 20-30 minute break. The average American spends about 9 hours a day at work. According to the NeuroLeadership Institute, work focus equals about 6 hours a week.

Can you study for a final in one day? ›

Studying for a final exam in one day can be challenging, but it's not impossible. The key is to maximize your time while focusing on difficult topics and important concepts. Flash cards are a great tool to help you retain information quickly.

Is it better to study at home or library? ›

Selecting the location for the study is very important for study motivation and academic success. The appropriate location choice is either the library or at home, depending on your preference. While students prefer the library because it is an academic-based environment, others prefer the comfort of studying at home.

Is two weeks enough to study for exams? ›

Two weeks is a short amount of time, but if you really stick to your schedule you'll be fine! Just don't overwork yourself because sleep is extremely important, especially before an exam!

How much studying should you do on the day of a test? ›

Instead, aim for about two hours (or less, if you have been studying regularly). In the first hour, review your study plan and make quick notes of the important material you might not understand as well. In the second hour, quickly review that material, skimming the high points.

Is 8 hours enough time to study for an exam? ›

"Eight hours is ideal for the night before an exam," says Dorsey. "It may be tempting to stay up late studying, but remember: you're going to need energy and focus while you're taking your exam."

Is 2 hours of studying enough? ›

The general rule of thumb regarding college studying is, that for each class, students should spend approximately 2-3 hours of study time for each hour that they spend in class.

How long can you concentrate while studying? ›

Whilst everyone's attention span does differ slightly, research has revealed that the average adult human is only able to concentrate on a task for around 15 to 20 minutes, suggesting most of us are struggling to maintain focus for long periods of time.

How do I study for a large test? ›

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  5. Explain your answers to others. via GIPHY. ...
  6. Organize study groups with friends. via GIPHY. ...
  7. Take regular breaks. via GIPHY. ...
  8. Snack on brain food.

How to study for a test when you don t understand the material? ›

A good way to determine the material in the course that you do and don't understand is simply to look back through all your notes and books for the subject. Read through and think about what you know and what you don't know.

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  5. Start a Study Group.

Can you study for a test in 2 days? ›

By increasing the number of days you have to study, you decrease the actual studying time you have to put in per session, which is perfect if you have trouble staying focused when you're studying for an exam. It's entirely possible to study for an exam in just a handful of days. All you need is a solid plan.

How many hours a day should you study for a big test? ›

A general rule is to spend two hours on homework or studying for every hour that your class meets. For example, if your economics class meets for an hour, three times a week, you might expect to spend six hours a week on homework or studying for your upcoming econ exams.

How do I force myself to study for a test? ›

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  6. Take breaks. ...
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  8. Establish reasonable goals for a study session.

Should you study the night before an exam? ›

Going hand in hand with getting good sleep, don't pressure yourself to stay up all night to study. Studying late may burn you out and make you more anxious, so set a good cut-off time so that you have time for a healthy dinner with some time to wind down and relax before bed.

What to do if you don t understand the question in test? ›

You could also say: “I'm afraid I don't quite understand you. Could you please rephrase the question?” These are both very polite ways of telling the examiner that you don't understand something.

Is 5 hours enough to study for an exam? ›

You may need to study a bit more if you are behind or your work is much more difficult, but in most cases, 3 to 4 hours should be enough. What is this? You really shouldn't go over five or six hours of studying as this can be too fatiguing for your brain to compute.

What is the least effective way to study for a test? ›

Ineffective Learning Techniques
  1. Studying for long periods of time.
  2. Studying a single subject for a long period of time and repeating phrases over and over to memorize them (known as massed practice)
  3. Reviewing one topic repeatedly before moving onto another topic (blocked practice)
  4. Reading and rereading a text.
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How can I study without getting distracted? ›

6 ways to avoid social media distraction while learning online
  1. Close any social media sites & apps. ...
  2. Limit your smartphone usage.
  3. Turn off your phone or leave it out of reach.
  4. Create a social media schedule.
  5. Research where your time is going and use reminders.
  6. Replace your time on social media with other activities.

Should I study the day of an exam? ›

You don't want to spend all day studying as it'll wear you out the day of your test. Plus, you're unlikely to remember every piece of information you cram in such a short amount of time! The most important point to remember is this: don't use this day (or night) as an intense study session.


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