Welcome to Exam Plan! This website contains all the information you need to survive the examination period. This time of the year can be challenging, and your SU has a wide range of information available to help you, all the way from revision to getting your results and beyond.

No matter whether you are looking for a good study space, considering applying for extenuating circumstances, or want to know the dos and don’ts on the day, this website has the information you need. You can also find out about the wide range of support services available at the Students’ Union and University who can help you.


Before your exams



You will hear lots of different things about the right way to prepare for exams, but it is important to find what works best for you. A good place to start is the University’s revision hints & tips webpages. 301 Centre offers a wide range of study skills support.

From May 14th your Students’ Union becomes are Revision Hub - a space where you can revise in a warm, quiet and relaxing environment. Dedicated revision spaces are available in the Gallery Area on Level Four of the Students’ Union Building from May 14th-20th, and in Fusion and Studio on Level Two of the Students’ Union Building from May 21st.

We also have plenty of space for you to take time out and relax during revision sessions. Up-to-date details of revision space across the University can be found here.

Look after yourself

Many students find the examination period to be a stressful time of year. Looking after your wellbeing is important, and this is especially true during a difficult period in your life, such as with university exams. This section is full of tips and information about how to look after yourself when you have exams. You can also look at the “Support Services” section below for information about different services across the Students’ Union and University that can help.

Extenuating Circumstances

Personal or health problems can throw your revision and exams into chaos. And worrying about that can make things even harder. So it is vital you don’t try to struggle through on your own.

Please let your department know as soon as possible about anything that might affect your exams - don’t wait until the results are published!

Use the extenuating circumstances form to report any issues affecting your studies. If you need medical evidence from University Health Service, you will need to use the online form to apply for this. Don’t forget, it can take up to 7 days for the Health Service to provide the medical statement, and it is your responsibility to collect this from the Health Service reception to pass on to your department. The Health Service will email you to let you know when to pick this up.

When you apply for extenuating circumstances, you are asked indicate what action you want the University to take, for example granting a deadline extension. If none of the listed options are relevant to your situation, it is acceptable to add a note about this to that section of the form, for example asking for your circumstances to be taken into account when recommending final degree classification.

If you need help applying for extenuating circumstances, please contact Student Advice Centre.

Support services

Both the Students’ Union and University have support services that can help you cope with the different pressures of exams. If you are worried about yourself, or a friend, you can contact them directly for support and advice.


During your exams


Exam checklist

Tick list for the exam period

  • Use the University's exam webpages for information on all thing exams!

  • Check the location of your exam venues... do you know where Philadelphia Campus is? Make sure you know how long it will take to get there

  • Locations, dates and times can change. Check the exam timetable regularly

  • Make sure you don’t have any exam clashes, and if you do report these on the exam clash form

  • If you use a calculator, have it checked and labelled before the exams at SSiD in the Students’ Union. Check the battery yourself

  • If you are an international student, take your dictionary to SSiD and get a letter of authorisation to use it. You must take this with you to ALL your exams

  • Dyslexic, Dyspraxic, Asperger's or impaired hearing? Contact the University Disability and Dyslexia Support Service for more information about any adjustments you could receive
  • Remember to set your alarm if you have a morning exam!

  • Check your pens have enough ink in them. These should be in a CLEAR pencil case

  • Check that there are no notes written on anything you are taking into the exam. Dictionaries and calculators will be checked by the invigilators, and disciplinary action is normally taken against anyone found with unauthorised notes
  • Have something to eat and drink before your exam

  • Take pens, pencils, calculator, dictionary, water and tissues with you

  • Go to the loo before your exam

  • Leave your phone at home, or switched off in your bag

  • Allow plenty of time to get to venues. You will NOT be allowed into the exam venue if you arrive later than 30 minutes after the start of the exam, for any reason. If you are delayed, phone the Exams Office on 0114 222 1298

  • If you are ill on the day notify your department and fill in a extenuating circumstances form

  • Take your U-card to ALL exams. If you have lost yours, go to SSiD for a replacement

  • Check you have all your belongings with you at the end of your exam. Any property left behind may be collected from the Exams Office at Registry, Level 6, Students’ Union.

If things don't go well

FAQ's for the exam period

If you are not able to complete an exam because of illness you should submit an extenuating circumstances form and make sure you ask your doctor to provide medical evidence.

If you are caught with unauthorised notes/material during an exam you are likely to face disciplinary action for ‘use of unfair means in an examination’.  Your department will need to speak to you and decide what action needs to be taken. It is likely that you will be refused credit for that exam, even if you did not actually use the notes.

If you think an exam paper was unfair or contained mistakes, rather than simply difficult, you might want to do something about this. It is worth speaking to the module leader or Head of Department to see if your concerns can be resolved informally. If that doesn’t work, you have the option of academic appeal or official complaint. Which one will depend on the outcome you hoping for. If you need help deciding what action to take, the Student Advice Centre can explore your options.

You won’t be allowed into the exam if you arrive more than 30 minutes late. You should contact the Exams Office straight away. If the exam has finished you should also contact your department. We would recommend submitting an extenuating circumstances form explaining why you were late.

Don’t panic. It is really hard to know how you have done until your results have been published. But do ask your tutors for feedback then so you can learn from mistakes and build on your successes. Your results will include information about resitting any failed exams.

Exam do's and don'ts

Unfair means

Don’t put your degree at risk

The make exams fair for everybody, the University has clear rules about what you can and cannot do in an exam. If you break the rules, this is considered 'use of unfair means'. Many students do this without realising but unfortunately, it  can lead to a grade of 0 for that exam, which could cost you your whole degree. This section helps you to stay clued up on what to do before and during an exam to avoid putting your degree at risk.

After your exams

If you need any advice when your exam results are published, don’t forget that the Student Advice Centre is open throughout the summer vacation. If you are not in Sheffield, advice can be provided by telephone or email. Also, the Advice Centre web pages include sections on academic appeals, results and resits, problems with progress, and changing course.

For questions about arrangements for resits, including fees, timetables and applying to take exams overseas, please contact SSID and check the University’s exam webpages..


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