You’ll find that many subjects will call on you to take exams. But don’t worry! With a bit of planning and preparation, you can go into your exam relaxed and confident. It's best not to leave your exam prep to the last minute.
If you’re looking for a guide, your study materials are full of hints about which aspects of the subject to concentrate on. Look for the subject, topic and lesson outcomes and use them as a starting point for your study.
We’ll keep you in the loop with emails:
- We’ll let you know when it’s time to start getting ready for exam planning.
- We’ll remind you just before your timetable is published.
- We’ll link you to your exam timetable when it's ready in the Student Hub.
Most exams are online, meaning you won’t have to choose a venue, travel, or arrange for a supervisor. However, a few subjects still have face-to-face or supervised exams. Universities manage exams, so to work out if you need to make arrangements, please check your LMS (learning management system) for the most up to date information.
Your exam will fall inside the exam period. If you’re taking study periods, it will be within the fortnight following the end of the study period. Most exams are actually in the first week after the end of the period, for example Week 14. For subjects studied in sessions, your exam will be within three weeks of the end of the session. And if you’re studying in a semester, look for your exam dates in the semester’s last two weeks.
Whether your exam is online or face-to-face, each uni will have their own requirements so it’s a good idea to check with them ahead of time.
Things to consider:
- Online exams: there might be rules about setting up your room so that it meets exam conditions.
- Face-to-face exams: there might be rules about what you can and can’t have with you during your exam—for example, things like calculators, phones and smart watches.
Not when your exam is managed by OUA Exam Services! We make sure there are no hidden exam organisation, supervision and venue hire costs on top of your subject fee.
Whilst some unis have chosen to manage the entire process, OUA Exam Services still timetables most exams in the Student Hub. But, we don’t cover mid-term exams or tests—your uni will keep you updated directly.
We’ll email you to let you know when it’s time to start getting ready for exam planning, and we’ll email you a reminder just before your timetable is published.
While OUA Exam Services lists most exams, it doesn’t timetable all of them.
If you’re having trouble finding a subject’s exam on your timetable, don’t panic. There could be many reasons why it’s not there. It might be that no exam is scheduled for the subject, or that the exam is being run directly by your university. In some cases, there may be a problem with your exam timetable.
If you can’t take your exam at the date and time shown on the timetable, contact your uni to discuss your options. We've included contact details in each exam timetable.
We work hard to manage exam timetables to avoid clashes, but very occasionally a mistake is made. In the rare instance you have exams scheduled for the same time, contact OUA Exam Services and they'll get to the bottom of the clash and reschedule one of the exams to a different time on the same day.
Most exams—online or the few that are face-to-face—are timetabled. This means that, depending on your exam’s start time and window of availability, you may be able to sit your exam in the evening. For details about your exam, including how and where to access it, check your uni email or learning management system (LMS).
Sometimes real life gets in the way of being able to attend an exam. If you’ve missed, or will miss, an exam because of illness of some other serious issue, a deferred exam allows you to sit it at another date.
You’ll need your university to approve your deferred exam, so contact them to learn about their eligibility criteria. They’ll send you a letter to let you know if your application has been approved. They'll also inlcude the exam period dates (the period of time that your deferred exam will be scheduled in) along with the date you’ll be able to access your new exam timetable and a link to that timetable.
How your deferred exam is scheduled by OUA Exam Services depends of a few guidelines.
If your subjects are in study periods, your deferred exams will be held during the exam period at the end of the next study period. This means that if you defer your Study Period 1 exam, your exam will be held in the exam period at the end of Study Period 2.
Sessions and semesters are different. If your deferred exam is from a Session 1 or Semester 1 subject, it will be held in August. Deferred exams for subjects from Session 2 or Semester 2 will be held in late January or early February, while those from Session 3 or Semester 3 subjects will take place in the last week of May or in early June.
If you need them, OUA Exam Services can support special exam requirements. They’re called alternative assessment arrangements (AAA) and you’ll have to contact your university’s Disability Liaison Unit to get an idea of the AAA options available.
Don’t forget to let them know of your special needs by Week 4 of the study term.
You might be able to! You should check your university’s special consideration policies and procedures to find out.
An exam with alternative assessment arrangements (AAA) incorporates special conditions to accommodate students with special needs.
Depending on your needs, these special conditions can change your exam’s structure, format or duration. You may also get access to special equipment or materials while taking your exam.
To find out if you’re eligible, contact your uni's Disability Liaison Unit for information or to request AAA approval.
Exam result dates change from uni to uni. Take a look at Results for more information.