Exams Exam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

We work with academic departments to create the best possible exam timetable for students. A draft timetable, approved by departments, is released. 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. This is especially true where special arrangements are in place.

If you're in any doubt about your exam arrangements, contact your department immediately.

Draft-approved timetables are published approximately five weeks before the start of each diet. 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 the first week of July

Exam timetables are published on Pegasus and are available on the Strathclyde mobile app.

Check your timetable regularly for any amendments to exams.

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

Yes. The exam timetable is initially published in draft format for a period of one week. During this time, time amendments to the dates, times, and locations of any exam may still be made.

We make every effort not to amend the details of an exam after the timetable has been published. Yet, there are occasions where it's unavoidable.

It is your responsibility to check your timetable regularly for any amendments.

This may be due to one of two reasons:

  1. 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.
  2. 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's vital that you check your curriculum to ensure that you're registered for all the classes you're taking. Otherwise, you may experience difficulties with your exam timetable.

If two of your classes have been timetabled to run at the same time on the same day, there are two possible causes:
  1. The department setting the exams has requested that the classes be examined together, or
  2. You're incorrectly registered for one of the classes. Contact your Student Adviser immediately to check and correct your curriculum.

If there's still an issue, contact your department. They will liaise with the Exams Admin team to make any necessary arrangements.

Students at all levels should expect to have exams on consecutive days. 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 liaise with Student Exams Admin to explore the options.

Definition of three consecutive exams:

  • Monday morning exam, Monday afternoon exam, Tuesday morning exam


  • Monday afternoon exam, Tuesday morning exam, Tuesday afternoon exam

Students must be available for exams during all three of the exam periods. You must not arrange holidays, work or travel during these periods.

If you cannot attend an exam on the scheduled date or time, contact your Department and Student Business immediately. Documentary evidence will be required.

Holidays, family gatherings, and other personal appointments do not constitute exceptional reasons for exam timetabling purposes.

Exam timetables have been approved by academic departments. We're unable to consider requests to reschedule individual exams.

Try to arrive at the correct venue at least 15 minutes before the published start time. This is so you can have the best possible start to your exam.

If you're late, 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. Yet, you will not be granted any extra time
  • if you arrive after the first third of the scheduled duration has elapsed, you will not be permitted to take the exam under any circumstances. If you arrive after the exam has finished, you will also not be permitted to take the exam under any circumstances. It will be recorded as absent

Example: Exam timetable 9.30am to 11.30am (duration two hours/120 minutes)

If you arrive before 10.10am (40 minutes after the start of the exam) you'll still be able to sit the exam but you'll not be granted any extra time.

If you arrive after 10.10am you'll not be permitted to sit the exam and will be recorded as absent.

You'll not regain any time you've 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. They will ensure that the examiners are aware of them.

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

If you're ill at any time during an exam period, including on the day of an exam, you should contact your academic department as soon as possible.

Boards will normally require a medical certificate from a UK-registered medical practitioner for absence from examinations, but if this cannot be provided for good reasons, then the Board will consider a letter/email of confirmation from an independent third party (not a relative or friend) or other evidence as appropriate.

As outlined within section 2.14 of the Personal Circumstances and Academic Appeals Procedure, Boards will consider Personal Circumstances at their discretion and take into account the following factors:

  • the evidence presented to support the claim;
  • the possible effect of the circumstances on the studies in question; and
  • the student’s overall performance on their programme and specific performance in assessments affected by the circumstances.

If you do not supply a medical certificate/supporting evidence, you risk having your absence recorded as an attempt.

A self-certificate should be used to record all personal circumstances that will affect your attendance and details can be found at  Personal Circumstances Procedure | University of Strathclyde.

If you wish to withdraw from an exam because of illness, inform an invigilator by raising your hand. They'll get help if necessary.

Your answer book and the register of attendance will be annotated with a note about the incident. This will include the time of occurrence. And the duration of your incapacity to continue the exam.

If you're unwell but can continue the exam after a short absence, the period of time lost will be annotated on your answer book.

You're responsible for regularly checking your exam timetable. You must note down correctly the dates, times, and locations of all your exams.

If you miss an exam without good reason, you'll 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. You will forfeit an attempt.

It's important that you prepare for the exam in advance. Know your locations and check your timetable regularly for any changes.

Prepare for your exam in advance. 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. It's advisable to bring spare pens/pencils as required.

You will need to write your 9-digit student registration number (e.g. 201234567) to your exam script, so please ensure that you know this number for your exams.

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 forbidden. They must be switched off and in candidates' bags.

The University accepts no liability for possessions that are lost, stolen, or damaged during examinations.

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

Any feedback relating to the exams 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.