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Examinations and Other Assessment

  • In January, you will need to check all the modules for which you are entered (including those in other departments, or for which there is no written examination) on PORTICO. 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.
  • Your tutors should provide guidance on examination techniques. Please refer also to the Study Skills section of the History Department website.
  • 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 library website. 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 or print one from the Forms page in the Useful Links section of the website. 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.

Coursework Extensions

Coursework extensions can be granted in light of difficult circumstances or illness. You will need to fill out an extension form and submit it to the Departmental Tutor, along with supporting documentation. You can collect a form from the History Reception or print one from the Forms page in the Useful Links section of the website. Extension forms must be submitted to the Departmental Tutor no later than the Friday before the deadline in order to be considered.

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