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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
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On the Day of the Exam
On the Day of the Exam FAQ
If you are unable to attend a scheduled exam, please notify your College office as soon as possible.
A guide for students regarding Deferral of Examinations is available online.
In line with Government Guidance, there is no longer any requirement to wear a face covering or face mask when indoors in University Buildings. However, all staff and students are strongly encouraged to wear a facemask when in crowded settings or when moving around buildings.
The University will continue to provide a combination of barrier, medical (surgical) and respirator face masks to those who wish to continue wearing a face mask.
Ventilation refers to the movement of outdoor air into a building and the circulation of that air within the building or room while removing stale air to improve the air quality.
The University has developed a Ventilation Strategy which is focused on providing fresh air and assesses venues to ensure there is adequate ventilation in enclosed spaces through;
- Mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts including window fans to bring in fresh air from outside as is in place and operating in larger teaching venues,
- Natural ventilation which relies on passive air flow through windows, doors and air vents that can be fully or partially opened as is in place in some other venues,
- A combination of natural and mechanical ventilation, for example where mechanical ventilation relies on natural ventilation to maximise fresh air, and/or
- Utilising CO2 Monitoring in larger venues. The University uses CO2 monitors that are integrated into the air handling units and also portable CO2 monitors.
In the context of SARS-CoV-2 transmission, CO2 measurements are not a reliable proxy of risk to airborne exposure to the virus. CO2 measurements are used to assess the ventilation of multi-occupancy spaces. It should also be noted that ventilation is a single component of the University’s Infection Prevention & Control Measures and all measures are designed and intended to work and be considered together.
The most up to date information on deferring an exam, and the relevant contact details for each College can be found here.
Queries about repeating exams should be directed to your College office.
Erasmus (Course Instance 1EM1 only) and Visiting (Course Instance 1SWB1 only) or Occasional (Course Instance 1OA2, 1OA3, 1OC1, 1OE1, 1OL1, 1OM1, 1ON1 and 1OS1 only), whose mother tongue is neither English nor Irish, are allowed to use a language dictionary, from mother tongue to English, as appropriate, and vice-versa. However, dictionaries may not be used for examinations testing linguistic competence in Modern Languages. Dictionaries will be subject to inspection by an Invigilator prior to the commencement of the examination. All other students, whose mother tongue is not English, are expected to have the required language competence to undertake their course of studies and they are not permitted the use of dictionaries. Please see Dictionary not permitted in exam hall.
Only materials specifically listed on the exam paper are permitted in the exam. For example, depending on your course of study, if log tables are listed as required by the examiner, it is indicated on the exam paper, and log tables are normally provided on the day by the Examinations Office. If log tables are not listed as permitted material on the exam paper, then bringing such material into the exam hall is in breach of exam regulations. See more Items you are allowed to bring into the exam hall
Highlighted text is permitted. Please note that it is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that any permitted materials taken into the examination hall are free of annotation or inscription.
Post-its (or similar) are not permitted. Please note that it is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that any permitted materials taken into the examination hall are free of annotation or inscription.
Students are not allowed to bring in excerpts of the material or a photocopied/printed subset of the material.
Printed material other than what is specifically listed on the exam paper is not permitted at the exam venue.
No. Candidates must write their answers legibly in black or blue ink.
Can I bring a medical device into the exam hall e.g. glucometer (a medical device for determining the approximate concentration of glucose in the blood)?
Any student who needs to bring a medical device into the exam hall must have a letter given to them either by the Disability Support Service or the Student Health Unit stating the purpose of the device and confirming the requirement to bring it into the exam hall. The student is required to have the letter available in conjunction with the medical device at each exam. Students are advised that any medical device presented without a supporting letter (as outlined above) will be viewed as an electronic device which is not permitted under exam regulations.
The Examinations Office does not accept responsibility for student's personal belongings and does not provide storage facilities during the exam.
There is a fine of €25 if you do not have your ID card for verification of identity and registration in the exam hall. Please note that the Student Registry Helpdesk opens early in the morning during exam sessions to ensure that students can obtain a replacement ID card in time for the first exam. Please see more information on Student ID card in exam hall
In line with QA229 - Exam Regulations , students are not permitted to leave the examination hall until 60 minutes has elapsed from the time at which the examination began or within the last 30 minutes. Note that each candidate is bound to inform himself/herself of the regulations governing examinations.