Assessment and exam arrangements

Every course has its own pattern of assessments. You can find detailed information in your unit handbooks and on Blackboard.

Some of you will have exams and other timed assessments, others may only have coursework assignments with specified submission deadlines. 

Some exams will take place on campus in exam rooms (unless you are registered as studying online). Other exams will take place online, either as open book exams, or with ‘proctoring’ (online invigilation) arrangements. 

Assessment support options

Get advice and guidance on deadline extensions, extenuating circumstances and what to do if you are absent from teaching or exams: view assessment support options.

Preparing for online exams and timed assessments

  • Take time to review the advice available in our online and open book exams resource.  It looks at how to prepare and revise effectively for exams and what to do on the day.
  • Check out our other study skills resources including advice about studying from home.
  • Give yourself enough time to submit your work by the deadline in case you have any difficulties in electronic submission. Use the practice opportunities if your school provides them.
  • Ensure you can access your assessment wherever you are studying or email: education-services@bristol.ac.uk if you have any concerns about doing this.
  • We expect you to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Action will be taken if any misconduct takes place, including plagiarism, collusion and contract cheating.  

Timing of exams and assessments

Most exams and timed assessments are scheduled during the assessment period

Your school will tell you if there are variations specific to your programme of study.

The short reassessment period in August is for resits and for students who were unable to take exams or timed assessments at the scheduled time. 

Wherever possible, we advise you to:

  • take exams and timed assessments at the scheduled time, and
  • submit coursework by the normal deadline.

If, during the reassessment period, you are unable for any reason to: 

  • complete all timed assessments and exams or,
  • submit any outstanding work

you may not be able to: 

  • graduate this year or,
  • progress to the next year of study when the next academic year starts in September. 

Exams

Some exams will take place on campus in exam rooms (unless you are registered as studying online). You will need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and we encourage you to get tested regularly. You should not attend if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Some schools will run timed online exams that need to be opened, completed and submitted in a set number of hours. You will be told a finish time for your exam. For most exams you will need to submit your work by this finish time. For some, you may have 30 minutes after the finish time to upload your answers.

If you fail to submit by the deadline, or where appropriate to upload your work during the 30-minute window, you will automatically receive a mark of zero.

Timed assessments

Some schools are running timed assessments instead of or as well as exams and coursework. Timed assessments need to be completed within four days (or five days if you have been awarded AEAs by Disability Services). You should expect to spend a number of hours on your assessment within this window. For this type of assessment, there is no additional time allowed for uploading answers and if you do not submit your work to meet the deadline you will automatically receive a mark of zero.

For either exams or timed assessments, you can tell us through the extenuating circumstances process if you are unable to submit your work for a good reason.

Exam timetables

You will be sent an email with a link to 'SLS Exam Timetables'. Log in to get your personal timetable. If you think an exam is missing from your timetable, please contact your school.

Your exam timetable will include details of timed online exams. It will not include details of timed assessments or other coursework requirements. Your schools will inform you about any timed assessments and you can view assessment details in eVision.

Plan your time

You may find you have more than one timed assessment in a single week. If this is the case:

  • Plan your time during the week so you can spend the recommended time on each assessment.
  • Remember that you may also have one or more exams.

Assessment support options

Advice and guidance on deadline extensions, extenuating circumstances and what to do if you are absent from teaching or exams.

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