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Exam guides

A handy guide to everything you need to know about your exams:

  • Essential information

    You will not be allowed into the examination room without your registration card and exam entry form.

    The University needs to hold an accurate term-time contact address for you so you can receive important communications from us about your examinations. Using myEssex, you can access your current address through the myAdmin channel. If you do not provide a correct address, you will not receive your examination entry form detailing your personal exam timetable.

    Please check the details of your examination entry form. If you think there are errors, please contact the Examinations Office.

  • Examination venues and seating plans

    Locations and access

    All examination rooms have wheelchair access. Details are indicated by the following symbols on the list below:

    this symbol indicates special instructions for wheelchair access Wheelchair access through entrances 4NW or 3NE to Lift H5. Descend to Level 3, then follow the signs to lift L3.

    this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NLift is accessed from entrance 4N.

    Seating plans

    Each room in the tables below is linked to a PDF file showing a seating plan of the room.

    Colchester Campus

    Lecture theatre / sports hall examination rooms
    Room Location
    LTB 1 Basement
    LTB 2 Basement
    LTB 3 Ground Floor
    LTB 5 First Floor
    LTB 6 First Floor
    LTB 7 First Floor
    LTB 8 First Floor
    LTB 9 Second Floor
    LTB B Ground Floor
    Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall Square 5
    Ivor Crewe Seminar Room Square 5
    Sports Hall Sports Centre

    Other examination rooms
    Room Entrance Level Nearest lift
    3.008 4NW, 3NE 3 H5
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NE 3 L5
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NE 3 L5
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NE 3 L5
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NE 3 L5
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NE 3 L5
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NW 3 L6
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NW 3 L6
    [single occupancy, no seating plan]
    2NW 3 L6
    4N.6.1 4NW, 3NE 6 H5
    5.300 2NE, 3NE, 4NW 5 L5, H5
    special instructions for wheelchair access5A.118 4NW, 3NE 5A H5, L3
    5N.3.2 4NE 3 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2
    5N.3.7 4NE 3 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2
    5N.3.10 4N 3 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2
    5N.3.11 4N 3 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2
    5N.4.6 4NE 4 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2
    5N.4.7 4NE 4 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2
    5N.4.8 4NE 4 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2
    5N.7.21 4NE 7 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2, H6
    5N.7.23 4NE 7 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NL2, H6
    5S.4.9 4SE 4 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NH6
    5S.4.11 4SE 4 this symbol indicates wheelchair access from Entrance 4NH6

    (Biological Sciences MCQ exams only)
    3SW 6 -
    6.300 4NW, 3NE, 2NE 6 H5, L5
    6.348 2NE 6 L5
    TC1.10 Teaching Centre 1 H64/L81/L82
    TC2.6-7 Teaching Centre 2 H64/L81/L82
    TC2.8-9 Teaching Centre 2 H64/L81/L82
    TC2.12-13 Teaching Centre 2 H64/L81/L82
    TC2.14-15 Teaching Centre 2 H64/L81/L82

    Computing labs
    Room Entrance Level Nearest lift
    4SW.3.9 (Lab A) 4SW 3 H3
    2.403 (Lab B) 4SW 3 H3
    4N.3.9 (Lab D) 3NE, 4SW, 4NW 3 H5
    4N.2.6 (Lab E)
    no seating plan available
    3NE, 4SW, 4NW 2 H5
    3.300 (Lab F) 2NE 3 L5
    4N.4.3A (Lab G) 3NE, 4SW, 4NW 4 H5
    3.403 (Lab H) 2NE 3 L5
    4SB.4.14 (Lab J) 4SW 4 H3
    TC2.16 (Lab O) Teaching Centre 2 H64/L81/L82

    Southend Campus

    Second floor: The Forum

    Second floor: Gateway Building

  • Absence from exams

    If you expect to miss an examination for good reason such as illness, or you have already missed an examination, please complete the form for notifying absence from exams (you will need to log in to MyEssex).

    You must complete an extenuating circumstances form as well if you want your circumstances to be considered by the Board of Examiners.

  • Notification of religious commitments

    If you are unable to take an examination during the main examination periods because of a religious observance you must notify your Student Services Hub by:

    • 31 October for January examinations
    • 31 January for summer examinations

    To apply, please complete the application for exam arrangements (religious reasons) form (.pdf) and return it, along with evidence to your Student Services Hub. If you have queries about this procedure after the deadline, please contact us.

    The University will consider applications for a religious observance that usually occurs over a restricted period but will not consider applications where observance extends over a significant period of time (e.g. Ramadan), where it is normally expected that daily activities (including examinations) will continue as normal.

    The University is not able to make alterations for individuals once the timetable has been published. If you have to miss an exam due to religious observance, you need to notify your absence and submit an extenuating circumstances form for an opportunity to sit the exam as a re-sit.

    If your application for individual arrangements is accepted, the Examinations Office will make every effort to schedule your examinations accordingly, although the University reserves the right to schedule examinations on a Sabbath, holy day or during religious festivals where no suitable alternative is available.

    If you would like to discuss the procedure or your application, please contact the Student Services Hub.

  • Disability and individual exam arrangements

    If you have a disability, temporary medical condition or injury that will affect your performance in examinations, you can apply for individual exam arrangements.

    Individual exam arrangements include:

    • extra time for exams
    • seating away from the main exam venue
    • exam paper in an alternative format such as large print
    • use of a computer, reader or scribe

  • Use of dictionaries in exams

    Dictionaries may only be used where the rubric of the examination paper permits that a dictionary of a specified type may be used by all students taking the exam.

    Electronic dictionaries are not permitted in the examinations and if you take one to the examination you will be reported on suspicion of committing an Academic Offence. For other information please see our guide to examinations.

  • Access to exam scripts after examinations

    Following the meeting of the Board of Examiners, if you would like access to your examination script, or would like to know the marks received for individual questions, you may apply to the department which is responsible for that module.

    The department will either permit you to see the examination script in the presence of a relevant member of the academic staff (normally one of the staff responsible for teaching the module) or supply you with a copy (or summary) of the examiner's comments on your performance in the examination, including marks for individual questions. You should normally make this request within four weeks of the publication of the examination marks.

    When the assessment for a module comprises, or includes, a piece of work other than an examination which is not returned until after the mark has been confirmed by the Board of Examiners (for example a project or dissertation), you may also request feedback on the work.

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