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Assessment 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 Assessments

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

If an assessment clashes with a religious festival which you observe, every reasonable effort will be made to make alternative arrangements during that assessment 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 assessment period, you may take your assessments during the supplementary assessment period in August of the same year.

Special considerations

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

Assessment dates

Assessment 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 assessment. 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 assessment room. Any candidates found in possession of such items will have the item confiscated by the invigilator, will be required to resume their assessment 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 assessment room the invigilator will instruct you to turn off your mobile phone, you must do so before you have sight of your assessment 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 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 assessment.

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

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

Use of Dictionaries

The only dictionary to be brought into an assessment 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 Assessments' 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 accessing your assessment schedule.

If you still have questions about any aspect of the assessment 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.

Assessment Venues

The University of Southampton uses a variety of rooms on all the campuses. If you are taking assessments you should check your timetable on-line (this is available 2 weeks before the main assessment 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 assessment room is IN ADVANCE OF YOUR ASSESSMENT.

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

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 assessment, including guidance for illness before or during your assessment.

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 assessment 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 assessment papers together. Do not speak to anyone in the assessment 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 ASSESSMENT CONDITIONS.

It is likely that the assessment will be resumed once you are allowed back in to the building. You will be given 10 minutes or so to re-read your assessment paper and answer book(s) and the assessment will be resumed. Extra time will be allowed to recompense for the time lost, and a new assessment 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 assessment 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 assessment may be abandoned; again, this will be decided by the faculty together with marking/assessment strategies.

Illness Before or During Assessments:

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

If you feel ill during your assessment, 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 assessment 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 assessment if you are feeling ill.

 Lost Property & Confiscated Items

Items that are found during exams will be available to collect from the University Reception in Building 37, 24hrs after the item was handed to the Exams & Awards Team.

Items that are confiscated during exams will be retained by the Exams and Awards Team, you will be contacted by email to advise when the item can be collected.

All unclaimed lost property and confiscated items will be disposed of 3 weeks after the item was handed in.

 Contact details

If you have any queries, please contact us by

email :  or telephone +44 (0) 2380 592383


Useful Links and Downloads

Instructions to Candidates

Dictionary Use During Assessment

Calculator Use During Assessment

Assessment Room Plans

Highfield Campus Map

Glen Eyre Map

University Calendar

University of Southampton Campus Maps

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