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Sitting an exam

Last modified on 16-11-2023 10:58
It is important to be aware of a number of practical matters, such as the time, the location and the rules that apply for an examination.
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Start of the examination

 It is important that you:  

  • are present at least 20 minutes for the start of the examination. If you are late anyway, you can be admitted to the exam room on two occasions: after 15 minutes and after 30 minutes. This means that you will not get this time to take the exam;
  • have both your student ID card and a valid proof of identity;
  • store your personal things if there are lockers.

Rules for the examination – how to prevent fraud

UvA takes strict measures against fraud. These are the most important behavioural rules to avoid accidentally committing fraud:

  • Follow the instructions of the invigilators. They will make sure you and your fellow students can take the exam as smoothly as possible.
  • Take the examination by yourself and focus entirely on your own work until you have left the examination room.
  • Be considerate to your fellow students and do not talk during the examination, even if it's not about the examination. The invigilator cannot tell the difference, and will be quick to make a fraud report. There may be students in the room who have been granted extra time, so do not start a conversation in the room after your exam has finished – wait until you have left the room.
  • Make sure that your phone and other electronic devices such as smartwatches are switched off, and stored in a closed bag with the rest of your things (in a locker of possible). Do not leave your phone in your pocket.
  • Remain seated until the invigilator permits you to leave your seat. If you have finished your examination or need to go to the toilet (permitted for examinations longer than two hours), put your hand up and wait for the invigilator to come to you.
  • Make sure that you hand in all your exam materials, including scrap paper.