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Exam FAQs

This information has been put together to help you prepare for your exams.

We work closely with academic departments to create the best possible exam timetable for students.  A draft timetable, approved by departments, is released and students have one week in which to review the draft and report any problems back to their department.  

Remember to check your exam timetable regularly and carefully, especially where special arrangements are in place.  If you are in any doubt over your exam arrangements, please contact your department immediately.  


1. When are the exam timetables published?

DRAFT APPROVED timetables are published approximately 5 weeks before the start of each diet and the FINAL timetables are published the following week.

Semester 1 Diet (December) – usually published during the first week in November

Semester 2 Diet (May/June) – published early March

Re-sit Diet (August) – published first week of July

Exam timetables are published on PEGASUS and are available on the Strathclyde mobile APP


Students MUST be available for exams during ALL threee of the exam periods and therefore must not arrange holidays, work or travel during this period.  Exams at all levels may occur on every day of the diet.

2. Are the dates of my exams likely to change after they have been published?

YES. The exam timetable is initially published in DRAFT format for a period of one week during which time amendments to the dates, times and locations of any exam may still be made.  Whilst we make every effort not to amend details of an exam after the timetable has been published there are occasions where it is unavoidable.


3. What should I do if one of my classes does not appear on the timetable?

This may be due to one of two reasons:

  • It may be that the class is continually assessed and does not have an exam.  If this is the case, it will not appear on the timetable of exams.
  • If the class does not appear on your PEGASUS record at all it would indicate that you have not been registered for the class. Contact your Student Adviser IMMEDIATELY to check your curriculum.

It is vital that you check your curriculum to ensure that you are registered for ALL of the classes you are taking.  If you are incorrectly registered for any of your classes you may experience difficulties with your exam timetable.

4. What should I do if I have two exams timetabled at the same time?

In the unlikely event that two of your classes have been timetabled to run at the same time on the same day, there are two possible causes:

  • The department setting the exams have requested that the classes be examined together, or;
  • You are incorrectly registered for one of the classes.  Contact your Student Adviser immediately to check and correct your curriculum.  If there is still an issue, contact your Department who will liaise with the Exams Admin team to make any necessary arrangements.  
5. What should I do if I have multiple consecutive exams (i.e. three exams in direct succession) on my timetable?
  • Students at all levels should expect to have exams on consecutive days.  Whilst every effort is made to spread exams, the large number of combinations of modules in some subjects makes it impossible to avoid exams on consecutive days for all students.
  • You should contact your academic department IMMEDIATELY if you have three exams in direct succession.  Include your name, student number and the class codes and titles for all exams affected.  Your academic department will then liaise with Student Exams Admin to explore the options.

Definition of three consecutive exams:

  • Monday morning exam > Monday afternoon exam > Tuesday morning exam
  • OR Monday afternoon exam > Tuesday morning exam > Tuesday afternoon exam
6. What should I do if I can’t attend an exam on the date timetabled?
  • Students are required to be available for exams during all three of the exam periods and therefore must not arrange holidays, work or travel during these periods.
  • If, for an exceptional reason, you cannot attend an exam on the day/time scheduled i.e. hospital appointment, jury duty etc., you should contact your Department and Student Business immediately for advice. Documentary evidence WILL be required.
  • Events such as holidays, family gatherings, or other personal appointments do not constitute exceptional reasons for exam timetabling purposes.
  • Exam timetables have been approved by academic departments and we are therefore unable to consider requests to reschedule individual exams.
7. What should I do if I turn up late for an exam?

You should make every effort to arrive at the correct venue at least 15 minutes before the published start time so that you can have the best possible start to your exam.  

However, if you are late, then the following rules will apply:

  • If you arrive late for the start of an exam but are still within the first third of its scheduled duration you may still be admitted into the exam room.  However, you will NOT be granted any extra time.   
  • If you arrive after the first third of the scheduled duration has elapsed, or after the exam has finished, you will NOT be permitted to take the exam under any circumstances and will be recorded as absent.

EXAMPLE: Exam timetable 9.30am-11.30am (duration 2 hours/120 minutes)

  • If you arrive before 10.10am (40 minutes after the start of the exam) you will still be able to sit the exam but you will NOT be granted any extra time.
  • If you arrive after 10.10am you will NOT be permitted to sit the exam and will be recorded as absent.

You will not regain any time you have lost by being late but your exam script will be marked by the invigilator to show the time at which you were admitted. At the end of the exam the invigilator will take note of the circumstances that delayed your arrival and ensure that the examiners are aware of them. 

8. Who do I tell if there are circumstances (illness, bereavement, personal circumstances) affecting my academic performance, including my exams?

Please refer to the Appeals section on the Academic Policies and Procedures webpage.

9. What should I do if I am ill on the day of an exam?

If you are ill at any time during an exam period, or you are ill on the day of an exam, you should contact your academic department as soon as possible and supply a doctor’s Medical Certificate to cover each day of exams that you miss.  If you do not supply a Medical Certificate you risk having your absence recorded as an attempt.  Any Personal Circumstances (see Appeals section of web page) must be submitted within FIVE working days of the end of the exam diet.

10. What happens if I am ill during the exam?
  • If you wish to withdraw from an exam because of illness you should inform an invigilator by raising your hand and they will obtain assistance if necessary.  Your answer book and the register of attendance will be annotated with a note of the incident, including the time of occurrence and duration of your incapacity to continue the exam.
  • If you are temporarily affected by illness but able to continue the exam after a short absence, the period of time lost through illness will be annotated on your answer book.  
11. What happens if I miss an exam?

You are responsible for regularly checking your exam timetable and noting correctly the dates, times and locations of all your exams.

  • If you miss an exam without good reason, you will be recorded as absent for that exam and will forfeit an attempt.
  • If you misread the timetable and/or fail to find the venue, this will be treated as an absence and you will forfeit an attempt.

It is therefore imperative that you prepare for the exam in advance, know your locations and check your timetable regularly for any changes. 

12. What identification (ID) do I need to bring to my exam?

You must bring your University student ID card to all of your exams and place it on your desk for the invigilator to see.  If you have lost your card then you must bring some other form of photographic ID with you i.e. your driving license or passport.  You should also purchase a replacement Student ID Card as soon as possible via the Online Shop.  

13. What else do I need to bring to my exam?

Prepare for your exam in advance and check if you need to bring anything specific,such as a calculator, where permitted.  Spares will not be available in examinations.  Exam scripts should be completed in ink, unless otherwise directed, so it is advisable to bring spare pens/pencils as required.

Stationery can be carried in a clear transparent pencil case.  No food or drink is allowed except water, unless this has been otherwise agreed as a reasonable adjustment.  Mobile phones and other electronic devices are expressly forbidden and must be switched off and in candidates bags.  The University accepts no liability for student's posessions that are lost, stolen or damaged during examinations.

14. I would like to provide feedback on the exams process and/or see my exam scripts/marks? Who should I send this to?

We strive to provide you with the best possible exam experience and therefore greatly welcome any feedback or comments you might have. 

  • Any feedback relating to the exam timetable, venue, invigilator(s) or general exam arrangements should be emailed to exams-admin@strath.ac.uk.
  • Feedback relating to the content of your exam paper should be emailed to the relevant academic department.

For further information relating to exam scripts/marks, please refer to Data Protection