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Examinations and Other Assessment

In January, you will be asked to check all the modules for which you are entered (including those in other departments, or for which there is no written examination). It is your responsibility to make sure your record is correct and to inform the Undergraduate Team immediately if there are any errors or omissions. It may be difficult to sort out problems if you only discover that you are not correctly registered when the exam timetables are issued in March.

Your teachers should provide guidance on examination techniques. Please refer also to the Study Skills section of the History Department website. You should aim to practice the skills that will be tested in the examination, such as timed essays.

When you sit an examination, please bear in mind that, according to UCL regulations, ‘Examiners attach great importance to legibility, accuracy and clearness of expression’ and they are required to ‘take account of a candidate's ability to express his/her knowledge in a clear, concise and scholarly fashion’. Handwriting must be clear and standards of spelling and grammar high. Please note that you must not resort to note form, abbreviated words or shorthand. We expect the same standards for any work you undertake in the department.

Past examination papers are available for consultation in the library and on the web at www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/exam.shtml. (N.B. You will need to enter your UCL user ID and password to access the exam papers on the web)

Illness during the Exam Period

If you are ill during the examination period, you are advised to obtain a medical certificate and also to inform the Undergraduate Team or Departmental Tutor as soon as possible. If necessary, arrangements can be made for such candidates to sit an examination away from the main exam hall.

If you are ill on the day of an examination, you must contact the Undergraduate Team as soon as possible. You will be advised about the options available to you.

Extenuating Circumstances

If at any point during the year circumstances arise which you feel might affect your academic performance, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Departmental Tutor or any other member of staff with whom you feel comfortable. Please be assured that any information you disclose will be treated in the strictest possible confidence.

If you feel that illness or any other extenuating circumstances have affected your performance in an examination, documentary evidence must be submitted within 7 days of the date of that examination. Please collect a form from the History Reception. Circumstances that have already been brought to the attention of the Board of Examiners and for which allowance has already been made (e.g. extra time because of dyslexia, extension of deadline for coursework) should not be notified in this way.

Where a first or second-year student misses an examination, ‘deferred’ assessment may be granted by the College Authorities. This is normally in the same format as the assessment that was missed and is undertaken over the summer, usually in late July or early August.

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