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During and after the exams

The University has practical information for Undergraduates about what to expect and what you need to do on the day of your exams. You should also read the University Examinations Proctorial notice regarding conduct during examinations.

Graduate Exam Information can be found here.

What should I do if I'm ill just before or during my exams?

If you are feeling unwell in the days before the exam book an appointment with your GP. If that is not possible, see your college nurse. Inform your tutor of the fact and of the full circumstances whatever the cause, at the earliest possible moment. Your Tutor may submit an Examination Warning to the University's Standing Committee on Applications.

If you are feeling unwell on the morning of an exam, the most important thing is to let someone know as soon as possible. Colleges have different procedures, but if you keep the phone number of the College Porters or Tutorial Office to hand or in your bedroom you should be able to contact someone quickly if you feel you are not going to be able to make it to the exam.

If you are ill just before going into or during your exams inform an invigilator. Make note of which exam it was and around what time you were feeling unwell, especially if you had to take time out to use the bathroom or were unable to finish the exam. Book an appointment with your GP. If that is not possible, see your college nurse. Inform your college Tutor.

What should I do if there is a mistake on the exam paper?

An Examiner will be present for the first twenty minutes of each exam session. You may speak the Examiner if you think that there is a misprint or other error in the paper, or to enquire whether you may take some particular point for granted in answering a question.

If you are concerned after the examination that there was a mistake, and it affected your performance, it is important to inform your tutor as soon as possible, as your tutor may submit a case to the Office of Student Conduct, Complaints and Appeals (OSCCA). If appropriate, the OSCCA will ask the examiners to take factors into account before completing the class list. You should make sure you inform your tutor within five days of your examination taking place.

Information on the Examinations Review Procedure - Representations to the Examiners can be found here

What should I do if there are procedural irregularities during the examination?

If you are concerned about the conduct of the examination or other external factor in the exam room that might affect your performance, it is important to inform your tutor as soon as possible, as your tutor may submit the case to the Office of Student Conduct, Complaints and Appeals (OSCCA). If appropriate, the OSCCA will ask the examiners to take factors into account before completing the class list. You should make sure you inform your tutor within five days of your examination taking place.

Information on the Examinations Review Procedure - Representations to the Examiners can be found here

What should I do if I think my exam performance was affected by extenuating circumstances?

The University has processes that provide for an allowance or an adjustment to be granted in certain circumstances - in particular, on account of illness or other grave cause in preparing for, or taking, the examination or part of the examination for the degree or other qualification concerned. If you are concerned, inform your Tutor of the full circumstances as soon as possible. You can also contact the Students' Unions' Advice Service, who can provide information and advice on examination allowances, mitigating circumstances, and any other concerns.

For more information on undergraduate, MASt, EMBA, MCL, LLM, MEng, MFin, MMath, MMus, MSci or PGCE student examination allowances see the section on Applications Committee on the Student Registry webpage.

For Graduate Students (graduate degrees which relate to the MPhil by Advanced Study, MRes, and MSt degrees and the Certificate of Postgraduate Study (CPGS) and Graduate Diplomas in Economics, Legal Studies and International law) information on examination allowances can be found here.

For Gradaute Students (B.D. Degree, M.D. Degree, Vet M.D. Degree, Ph.D. Degree (including probationary exams), Ph.D. Degree by special regulations, Bus.D. Degree, Eng.D. Degree, M.Sc. Degree, M.Litt. Degree, M.Phil. Degree by dissertation, Certification of Postgraduate Study) information on extenuating circumstances can be foundhere.

Information for Undergraduates about what to expect and what you need to do after your exams can be found here. Information for Graduate Students can be found here.

What can I do if I fail or under-perform in my examinations?

Ask your Tutor, DoS or Supervisor if they can check that the scoring has been added up correctly. If no error can be found in the scoring and you have reasons to believe that your examination results have been affected by one or more of the following grounds, contact your tutor or speak to the Students' Unions' Advice Service to discuss your options for submitting an Examination Review:

a) A procedural irregularity in the examination process that has adversely impacted on the Candidate's Examination Results;

b) Demonstrable bias or the perception of bias within the examination process;

A request for a Examination Review must be made within 28 days of receiving your formal results through your electronic student record or by letter. You can find more information on the examination review procedure here.

If your person circumstances affected your examination

The University has processes that provide for an allowance or an adjustment to be granted in certain circumstances - in particular, on account of illness or other grave cause in preparing for, or taking, the examination or part of the examination for the degree or other qualification concerned.

  • If you are an Undergarduate, MASt, EMBA, MCL, LLM, MEng, MFin, MMath, MMus, MSci or PGCE student, find out more information here .
  • If you are a Graduate Student, find out more information here.
  • If you are a Graduate B.D, M.D, Vet.M.D, Ph.D., Bus.D, Eng.D, M.Sc, M.Litt, M.Phil. Degree by dissertation or Certificate of Postgraduate Study (CPGS) student, you can use the Examination Review Procedure outlines above to review your examination results where 'serious illness or other grave cause which has clearly impacted upon the examination itself and of which, for sufficient reason, the Examining Body were not aware' has taken place.

More general information on what to do after your exams can be found here.

If you are in your final year, book an appointment with an Advisor at the University Careers Service to discuss your career options.

If these were not your final exams, talk to your DoS/Supervisor to see where you went wrong and what you can improve on next year.

When will my results be published?

Each Tripos part has different publication dates. If your publication date isn't on CamSiS, your DoS or faculty secretary will be able to tell you.