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What to expect during your exam

Please take a look at our guidance on what to expect in your exam.

When to get to the venue

You should arrive at least 20 minutes before the start time, and allow enough time for traffic. You can only park at the Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC) if you have a valid Frenchay Campus parking permit or valid disabled parking permit.

Arriving early gives you time to adjust to your surroundings, find out where your exam's taking place and listen to announcements. Remember to visit the toilet before going into your exam room as well!

Please go to the room specified on your exam timetable, as not all exams take place in the ECC. If you have any queries, there will be staff around to help.

Late arrival

You’ll be allowed to enter the exam room up to 30 minutes after the official exam start time. Once those 30 minutes have passed, you can't enter under any circumstances.

What is the ECC?

The Exhibition and Conference Centre is a large UWE Bristol conference space, and is also used for examinations. It is divided in zones and rooms, which you can view on this map. Your exam may take place in several locations, likely to include the ECC. Please refer to your own timetable to see which location you need to go to.

Before you start

Please read what you need to bring to your exam

You'll need to wait outside the exam room until an invigilator tells you to enter and sit down. Once you enter, you’ll be under exam conditions until you've finished your exam and left the building. This means:

  • you must leave your bag where the invigilator tells you to
  • you can only bring authorised items to your desk
  • you can't communicate with other candidates
  • you can't leave the exam room unaccompanied
  • the invigilator will tell you when to start your exam
  • mobile phones and other electronic devices, like Apple watches, must be switched off and stored appropriately (as instructed by your invigilators)
  • you can't read the question paper or write anything until told to do so.


The Exams Team provide a safe environment and ensure that exam conditions are observed. Please listen to the instructions they give you. If you have any queries you should raise your hand and an invigilator will come to you.

Invigilators can't interpret words or questions on the paper. If you think there is a genuine error on a paper, notify an invigilator as soon as you can.

Remember to dress comfortably. We advise wearing layers which can be added or removed according to the temperature.

How to fill in your answer book correctly

  • When instructed, please use block capitals to fill in your module title, module code, date and student number on you exam answer booklet. You can view the module title and module code on the first page of your exam question paper.
  • Complete and then detach the signature slip on the right-hand side of your exam answer booklet and place it at the front of your desk so that it can be collected by an invigilator.
  • Write your student number on each additional exam answer booklet.
  • Leave your UWE Bristol ID card or another of the approved forms of identification on your desk at all times.
  • All rough work must be done on the stationery provided. You aren't permitted to take any answer books or exam stationery from the room. All your answer books should be tagged together with the treasury tag provided.

How to complete a multiple-choice answer sheet

We use a multiple-choice answer sheet to record your answers in a multiple-choice exam. It’s scanned by a machine for marking, so it’s essential that you read and understand these instructions for completing your sheet:

  • Mark your answers with a firm horizontal line that completely covers the letter. The scanner won’t read faint markings.
  • Enter your name, module code, module title and the date in the boxes.
  • Enter your student number and mark the relevant boxes in the columns.
  • Each question should have only one response unless otherwise stated in the question.
  • To change an answer, fully erase the incorrect one and mark the new answer.
  • Don't doodle on or pierce the multiple choice answer sheet.

Cheating and disturbances

The University has an Assessment Offences Policy which it will use to investigate any allegations of cheating.

If you become aware of other students cheating in the exam room, please tell an invigilator.

If you cause a disturbance (such as through a mobile phone ringing), you'll be warned and asked to withdraw from the exam if the disturbance continues. If you're asked to withdraw, you won't be readmitted to your exam.

Leaving the room during your exam

You can't leave the room for any reason (even if you need to visit the toilet) in the first 30 or last 30 minutes of your exam. You can't leave at any time during a one-hour exam.

If you need to use the toilet, or leave the room, during your exam (after 30 minutes and before the last 30 minutes only) you’ll be escorted by an invigilator. You’ll be asked to empty your pockets and you may have to wait until an invigilator is free.

When you've finished

  • If you've completed your exam and wish to leave early (before the last 30 minutes) you must raise your hand and the invigilator will collect your script.
  • You must stop writing when instructed to do so at the end of an examination.
  • You must remain seated and silent until all scripts have been collected and counted and the Senior Invigilator has confirmed you may leave.
  • If you leave without an invigilator's permission you’ll be deemed to have withdrawn from the exam, and won't be allowed to re-enter the exam room.
  • You must hand in all rough work. You can only keep exam papers if indicated on the rubric.
  • Please don't to disturb other candidates when leaving.
  • You won't be allowed to re-enter once you leave the exam room.

In case of emergency

If there's an emergency evacuation you must follow the invigilators’ instructions. They will tell you how to safely leave the building.

You remain subject to exam procedures during the evacuation and shouldn't discuss the exam.

You should follow the invigilators to the designated assembly area and follow their instructions on resumption of the exam.

Contact us

If your question isn’t answered by any of the both, please complete our exam self-help form (InfoHub login required).

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