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Exam Regulations

General regulations can be found in the University Calendar.  For more specific information, read the 'Instructions to Candidates' downloadable document at the bottom of this page.  Also please note the following:

Scheduling Exams

Examinations will be scheduled to avoid, wherever possible, recognised religious celebrations, festivals or ceremonies and key prayer times.

If an examination clashes with a religious festival which you observe, every reasonable effort will be made to make alternative arrangements during that exam period. It is your responsibility to speak with your personal or programme tutor or your student office at the earliest opportunity.

If alternative arrangements cannot be made within the same exam period, you may take your exams during the supplementary exam period in August of the same year.

Special considerations

The University of Southampton will not accept religious observance, for example fasting, for special considerations.

Exam dates

Examination dates are published in advance here.

Use of electronic equipment

Candidates should note that (from 1 August 2019)

All Casio Calculators are allowed but they must be Non-Programmable, Scientific models. Graphical calculators are not permitted. Casio Non-Programmable, Scientific models may be bought from any outlet and no longer require the University logo stamp. NO OTHER CALCULATOR MODELS OR BRANDS ARE ALLOWED. You can ONLY use Casio Models in your exam. PLEASE DO NOT FORGET YOUR CALCULATOR AS SPARES ARE NOT AVAILABLE

Electronic devices such as NetBooks, MP3 or iPods must not be taken in to the examination room. Any candidates found in possession of such items will have the item confiscated by the invigilator, will be required to resume their examination with a new answer book and a report will be to the Faculty's Board of Examiners. For more details can be found on Academic Integrity page of the Quality Handbook.

Mobile phones, watches and other wearable electronic devices: when you enter the exam room the invigilator will instruct you to turn off your mobile phone, you must do so before you have sigh of your exam paper. Place your mobile phone(s), your watch, activity tracker or any other electronic device that can transmit or receive data from a mobile device in a clear plastic bag on your exam desk. You will still be able to see your watch face and you will have access to a large clock. Your phone(s) must be switched off for the duration of the exam.

You can only wear perscription spectacles in an exam, no technology is allowed and will be confiscated.

Don't forget to remove your belongings from the bag when you leave the exam.

Use of Dictionaries

The only dictionary to be brought into an exam at the University of Southampton is defined as a 'direct translation' dictionary (word to word) only showing English to Foreign language and Foreign language to English with no additional dialogue or explanation, context or grammar guidance.  Please see the downloadable document 'Dictionary Use in Exams' at the bottom of this page for more information.

These instructions will also appear when you access your personal timetable. You will need to confirm that you have read and understood them before accesing your exam schedule.

If you still have questions about any aspect of the exam regulations, please contact us on 023 8059 2823 or e-mail the team on

Please refer to 'useful downloads' at the bottom of this page to view an image of the University approved dictionary.

Exam Venues

The University of Southampton uses a variety of rooms on all the campuses. If you are taking exams you should check your timetable on-line (this is available 2 weeks before the main exam period). You can access your individual timetable via SUSSED and either your Programme or Services tab, which will then link to the 'Exam Timetable' icon. A map of the Highfield Campus with building numbers can be found at the bottom of this page along with detailed information on individual room layouts.

You should note carefully the details on the timetable including the venues and the seating arrangements within that venue. You should ensure that you know where the exam room is IN ADVANCE OF YOUR EXAM.

You will not be allowed any extra time if you arrive late for your exam.

For further information and maps of the University of Southampton Campuses please use the links below.

Emergency Procedures and Illness

Please find below emergency procedures during an examination, including guidance for illness before or during your exam.

Emergency Procedures:

The Invigilator should notify all candidates if a fire alarm is due to be tested during the exam. The fire exits will also have been pointed out to you before the exam is due to start.

Unless otherwise advised, all alarms should be treated as an emergency, and you should evacuate the room IMMEDIATELY. The invigilator will give you directions. Do not stop to gather your belongings or your exam papers together. Do not speak to anyone in the exam room. Follow the Invigilator to the meeting point, where a register will be taken by the Invigilator to confirm attendance.

It is important that you remember that you should not consult with any of your fellow candidates; if you are caught talking to others it may be construed as an attempt to cheat. YOU ARE STILL UNDER EXAM CONDITIONS.

It is likely that the exam will be resumed once you are allowed back in to the building. You will be given 10 minutes or so to re-read your exam paper and answer book(s) and the exam will be resumed. Extra time will be allowed to recompense for the time lost, and a new exam finish time will be advised to you. The Invigilator will confirm all these details to you.

The Exams, Awards & Graduation team will notify your faculty that the exam has been interrupted, and a full report will be submitted. Any decisions about different marking strategies will be made by the faculty.

In very exceptional circumstances it may not be possible to go back in to the building. The exam may be abandoned; again, this will be decided by the faculty together with marking/assessment strategies.

Illness Before or During Exams:

If you are feeling ill before your exam, you should notify your student office as soon as possible. They may be able to arrange for you to re-take your exam when you are feeling better, or during the supplementary exam period. There is no need to advise the Exams, Awards & Graduation team.

If you feel ill during your exam, you should attract the attention of an invigilator by raising your hand and explain that you are feeling unwell. You will be given the opportunity to leave the exam room for a short time to see if you feel better, or you will be allowed to go straight home if you feel that would be better for you. The Invigilator will contact the Exams, Awards & Graduation team, who will notify your faculty on your behalf; however, you should contact them as soon as you feel you are well enough to advise them of your circumstances.

You should not start or continue your exam if you are feeling ill.

Non University of Southampton Students

If you are a student studying at a different University and would like to apply to sit your exams at the University of Southampton, please see the following information:

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