Important information for all Manchester Metropolitan students sitting examinations is covered under the headings below.
You can find help with preparation for your exams by going to the Useful Links section below.
To see what a formal exam is like, and what you can and can’t take with you into the exam room, have a look at this video clip:
There are some really good basic tips on exam technique in the Education Guardian: 10 things academics say students get wrong in exams.
Where possible all requests for any adjustments to examinations as a result of an injury/short term condition must be submitted via the Exceptional Factors process. These include:
The Student Support Officers (SSOs) are your first point of contact for injuries/short term conditions; they can provide you with advice, guidance and can refer you to other services on a case-by-case basis. The SSOs have an up-to-date knowledge on student regulations and University level procedures and can help you make informed choices by discussing the options available to you based on your individual circumstances.
If your request is based on an injury, illness or other short-term condition, you should complete the Exceptional Factors form and submit this in accordance with the Student Guidance on Exceptional Factors.
The Exceptional Factors Panel/Chair will have access to guidance on adjustments and will consider requests based on the impact the condition has on you.
Please note: The exams team will endeavour to put in place any agreed adjustments, however, this may not be possible if there is insufficient time/resources to do so.
There is a wide range of support available from the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service which can benefit students during the exam period. Students are strongly advised to access the support available to help develop coping strategies, especially if examinations are known to exacerbate mental health related symptoms. Students can contact the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service directly at any time for advice and guidance. If you have a short term mental health related condition which is likely to impact on your performance in exams, the SSOs can explain exam regulations and the options available to you, including referrals to the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service. The Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service can give you advice on the range of support available to help develop coping strategies, this could include podcasts, self-help leaflets, courses & workshops, 1-1 appointments as well as referrals to sources of immediate help e.g. GP, A&E.
If you have an exam within 72 hours and have not been able to access support from the Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Service and believe there will be an impact on your performance, the SSO will suggest a referral and it is your responsibility to act on this. This referral will involve:
If you have a ‘longstanding’ condition (has lasted or is likely to last more than 12 months) and you have not disclosed this to the Disability Service, please contact the Disability Service, even if you do not have the relevant evidence to hand. The Disability Service can work with you and provide the necessary support and guidance. To meet the legal definition of disability you must have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
Exam adjustments for disabled students will be through a Personal Learning Plan.
Everyone knows what cheating in examinations is. It comes in many forms, such as copying, using crib notes or a mobile phone, or attempting to communicate with other students. Even possessing crib notes that you do not use is regarded as cheating. The exam invigilators have been trained to spot the tell-tale signs and often other students will report if they see someone cheating, so please don’t try it. You will be letting yourself down.
If you are caught cheating in an exam, this will be considered as a serious disciplinary matter.
See this video clip made by our Theatre School students:
Make sure you plan your summer break carefully.
Students on undergraduate courses – If you have to re-sit any examinations, these will take place between 8th August – 18th August 2016. Revision material for examinations is available in the relevant unit area(s) in Moodle.
The deadline for the submission of reassessment coursework is 5th August 2016.
Details of re-assessments for coursework/assignments are available in the relevant unit area(s) of Moodle. This is also where you will find details of any re-assessments for laboratory or other practical work.
Going home for the summer, participating in work experience or other activities like Camp America, will not be accepted as an excuse for missing re-sits or the submission date for re-assessment coursework, no matter how valuable you think they are.
Ensure you have access to the internet so you can check your University email and Moodle.
The following Faculty links provide additional exam information for:
Over the re-assessment period The Counselling Service can help on issues such as relaxation and stress management. It has a wealth of self-help information including the CALM (Computer Aided Lifestyle Management) Relief Series. This is an online multi-media programme available to all students at Manchester Metropolitan that can help with stress, anxiety and other problems.
The Disability Service produces a range of study skills support leaflets, including exams revision, referencing, essay writing and a general study guide, which can be downloaded from their website.
The Students Union Advice Centre offers help and support on all the main issues affecting students at MMU. It is a specialist, independent unit whose aim is to ensure that your time at university is not lessened through a lack of support or knowledge of your rights. It can also represent you at meetings and hearings, resources permitting.
This page last updated Friday, 24th June 2016 · 9:14am