It’s important that you understand the rules for what you can and can’t take into your exams. This list will help you to prepare the belongings you will need in advance of taking assessments at King's.
Items you are allowed include:
- Student ID card
- Pens (blue or black ink)
- Pencils (you are only allowed to use a pencil for Multiple-Choice Question Sheets)
- Erasers, rulers, sharpeners etc. (must be unmarked)
- Calculator (see below for when and what type of calculators are allowed)
- Sealable clear plastic wallet (no larger than A4, see our article
- Non-carbonated and non-alcoholic drinks (not in glass bottles)
- Clear bottles with no labels
- Standard or digital watch (not a smart watch, see below)
Calculators are only allowed in some exams. Your module leader or department should make you aware of whether calculators are allowed prior to the exam period. If you are at all unsure then please check in advance. If a calculator is allowed then this will also be detailed on the front of the exam paper.
There are only 2 models that are approved for use in exams where calculators are permitted: Casio fx-83 or fx-85 range.
Important to know:
- Calculators are not provided in exams, so you will need to purchase your own in advance.
- Trying to use a different calculator model to Casio fx-83 or fx-85 is considered an exam offence.
- You will need to make that there is nothing written or scratched on to your calculator or calculator lid. Calculator lids must be placed under your desk. Any markings that are seen will be reported as an exam offence.
We advise that you wear a standard watch when taking assessments so that you can be confident you will always be able to keep track of the time.
All watches (standard or digital) must be taken off and placed on your desk. Remember that mobile phones, smart watches and smart bands are not allowed as timekeeping devices. These items are not allowed because lots of models have functions akin to those of a mobile phone.
Items that are not allowed include:
- Revision or course notes
- Books, statutes or dictionaries (except where approved by your department)
- Paper for rough work
- Laptops, media storage devices or audio players
- Ear plugs
- Headgear (except on religious grounds)
- Carbonated or alcoholic drinks or beverages in glass bottles
Dictionaries are only allowed in open book exams or for some foreign language exams. Your module leader or department should make you aware of whether dictionaries are allowed prior to the exam period. If you're unsure then please check in advance. If a dictionary is allowed, then this will also be detailed on the front of the exam paper.