What to bring to your exam

Remember to bring the following items to your exam. There are also some items that you cannot bring; please read the Exam Rules intranet page for more information.

Student ID Card

Please bring your student ID card to each exam as you will need to display it on your exam desk. If you do not have your ID card, you will be reported to the exam office and will need to stay behind after the exam to verify your identity.

If your student ID card has been accidently damaged or the photo has worn away please visit the Student Hub to get it replaced free of charge. You must return the damaged card when you request a free replacement.

If you have lost your Student ID card, please visit the Student Hub or the University’s online shop to purchase a replacement one. Replacement ID cards cost £10.

The Student Hub is in the Aston Webb building (R6 on the Edgbaston Campus map).


Please bring your own stationery to the exam in a clear pencil case or bag. Ensure you have removed any notes or unpermitted materials. All pencil cases will be checked by the Exam Invigilators. Students are advised to complete their exam scripts in black ink.

The use of sellotape, correction tape/fluids or correction pens is not permitted in the exam.

Exam timetable

We strongly advise you to check your on-line exam timetable for your exam, as this will usually have your seat number listed.

Calculators (if permitted)

Calculators can only be used in an exam if the rubric of your exam paper says that they are permitted. Check with your tutor or module lead if you are unsure.

Dictionaries (if permitted)

If your first language is not English, you may be permitted to use a dictionary during your exam.

You can use a dictionary as long as:

  • The rubric on the exam paper does not forbid the use of dictionaries.
  • You fill out a Dictionary Approval Letter (PDF - 30KB) and bring it to your exam.
  • It has no annotations, highlighted areas or page-markers.
  • It is only English or English and your first language.
  • It provides a conventional translation of words and their definitions.
  • It has no additional material, such as a thesaurus, synonyms, images, graphs, lists of countries, or measurements.
  • It is not a technical, encyclopaedic, or electronic dictionary.

If you are sitting a language exam, you can only use a dictionary if it is being used as an intermediate step. For example, a native French speaker completing a Spanish exam is permitted to have a French/English dictionary.

Please check with your tutor if you are unsure.  

Mobile Phones (For Computer-based Exams only)

Any examinations being sat on a computer will require you to use your mobile phone for Multi-Factor Authentication. Once this is complete your phone should be switched off and placed in the designated area. If for any reason you do not have your mobile phone at the beginning of a Computer-based exam, please let an invigilator know as soon as you arrive at the venue and they will walk you through the necessary alternative access.

Other items you can bring

  • A soft drink/non-alcoholic drink in a clear plastic bottle with the label removed.
  • Snacks in a clear container that will not disturb other students.
  • Tissues (loose or in clear packaging).


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