Written Examinations

Written examinations will usually be held in January and April/May: modules taught during Block 1 will be examined in January and those taught during Block 2 will be examined in April/May. You should refer to the MSc Timetable & Syllabus for dates of exam weeks.

The University regulations require students to be resident in Sheffield during the entire examination period.

A timetable showing the time, date and place of each examination will be placed on notice boards. It is your responsibility to take the correct exam paper at the correct time as timetabled. Thus, make sure that:

  • You know the correct module code and title of the paper you have registered for.
  • You know the correct date, time and venue of the exam. Do not rely on the provisional exam timetable. Check and take a note of the exam times and dates in the FINAL EXAM TIMETABLE.
  • You check your University Record to ensure that you are registered for the correct modules.

You should arrive at the exam hall in plenty of time. You will be allowed into the hall 5 minutes before the start of the exam in order to find your place and complete the various forms. Once these have been completed, you may begin as soon as you wish. After 30 minutes no one is allowed to enter the hall. You may not leave the hall during the first 40 minutes of the exam or in the last 10 minutes. If you need to leave the room during the exam a member of staff will accompany you.

If you are ill before an examination, you should go immediately to the Student Health Centre, or if necessary, call a GP. If you are delayed for any other reason, we advise you to go to the examination (even if more than 30 minutes late), as it may still be possible to recover the situation.

Desks are identified using a letter for the row and a number for the individual place. A list will be posted outside the exam room, detailing the blocks of desks assigned to your exam and you may sit anywhere within this block. It is your responsibility to see that you sit the correct paper. Ensure that all pages are present. During the exam you should do the following:

  • Read the instructions (the rubric) and the whole of the examination paper carefully. You are not wasting time in so doing.
  • Follow the instructions.
  • Read each question that you attempt carefully and make sure you understand the question. Your answer must respond to the specific question - do not simply write down all you know about the topic. Examiners choose words such as explain, describe, define, state, discuss, compare, and prove carefully and you should make sure before the examination what each word means.
  • Do not spend too much time on the first question.
  • In multi-part questions allocate your time according to the marks allocated to each section. If no allocation of marks is specified then you must use your judgement to assess the relative weight to give to each section.
  • When providing your answers in the answer book, make sure to start your answer to a question on a NEW PAGE. Clearly indicate the number of the question.
  • If you have answered part(s) of a question subsequently elsewhere in the answer book, ALWAYS indicate this at the end of the previous part of the answer.
  • When finished, write the numbers of all questions you have answered on the front cover of the answer book in the order you have answered these. If you have rough or otherwise work in the answer book that you do not want the examiner to mark, indicate so and cross it out.
  • If you have used several answer books, provided supplementary material e.g. graph papers, etc., tie all these together with a string provided by the invigilator.