Religious observance during exams

15 March 2023

Maintaining religious observance as you prepare for exams can help relieve stress and is good for your wellbeing . Here are some useful pieces of advice.

Lit candles being used in religious observance

As you prepare for your Exams there are many things that you can do to help ensure that you perform at your best while looking after your wellbeing. If you are someone for whom faith, religious observances, or spiritual practices are important to your life, it is important to continue to engage with them during your revision and examination periods. These activities provide an important balance to the stress and pressure of exams. They may be a source of encouragement and energy as well as respite and relief. For inspiration read about maintaining mindfulness from a Buddhist perspective and about meditation and yoga.

You can also find specific advice for Ramadan here.

Adjustments for Exams

We appreciate that the scheduling of assessments may potentially coincide with religious festivals or other mandatory religious observance. The Central Assessment Timetable uses the UCL Diversity Calendar to schedule online and in-person exams. It is not possible to avoid all religious festivals, but the team will avoid days where work is prohibited for religious reasons. If there is a conflict with your exam timetable, please follow the Academic Adjustments process. If you have any concerns or questions, you may contact Reid Humble, Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser, for further advice.

Resources for Assessments

Our Assessment success guide is a comprehensive guide to support you through the upcoming assessment season. Along with the exam season toolkit, this guide is a great resource to help you plan and look after your wellbeing, comprising advice on revision and assessment planningpreparing for open book assessmentsstaying healthy, and tips for success

Read UCL guidance on how assessments will take place this year.

How UCL Student Support and Wellbeing can help

If you need counselling, support, or just advice before or during the period of Ramadan  make an appointment with one of our caring wellbeing advisers or, if you are living in UCL accommodations, speak to your friendly Student Resident Adviser.