Online Assessments Checklist
Before taking your assessments you should:
- Read and understand the rules governing Academic Misconduct and familiarise yourself with the Academic Regulation on Misconduct before taking an exam at King’s. It is of the utmost importance that you are aware of the rules regarding examinations at King’s.
- Check that you are registered for your upcoming exams in good time.
- Check your personalised exam timetable on Student Records. The full examination timetable for the upcoming assessment period can also be viewed in our article Exam timetable 2020-21.
If you cannot see an exam on your timetable, you may need to sit your exam as an unregistered student; take a look at our article Support when registering for your exams/ accessing your exam timetable.
- Check your candidate number, which can also be found on Student Records.
- Ensure you are able to access the platform that your exams are scheduled to take place (e.g. KEATS) a couple of weeks before your exam. If you are having issues with accessing the platform your exams are scheduled to take place, please contact your department/faculty as soon as possible.
- Ensure you have all the equipment you'll need to help you revise and take assessments. You should also take a look at your course handbook for guidance on more information on the equipment you'll need throughout your studies.
- You should turn on the auto-save option on Microsoft Word or Pages, and the auto spell-checker. If you are using any assistive technology the day of your online exam, make sure you are familiar with how to use this (for example, MS Word read Aloud, speech to text).
Additional support for alternative online assessments
Where should I take/study for my exams?
Whenever possible, you should ensure in advance that you have a quiet place for you to take your online exam, where you will not be disturbed by others. If you are in a shared environment, it may also be useful to let others know that you will be taking an online exam in advance.
Where can I study on campus?
Throughout the 2020-21 academic year and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are carefully managing our libraries and other study spaces. Read our article Where can I study on campus? for the latest guidance.
Preparing for online assessment arrangements if you have Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA)
The format of the online exam you are taking will determine if additional time will be included for your assessment:
- For online exams taken over a 24-hour period where you can submit your assessment at any time within the 24 hours provided, no additional time will be awarded. The expectation is that such assessments will take approximately the same length of time as a traditional exam, and thus the 24-hour time period allows for any extra time or rest breaks you would have taken in an invigilated exam on campus.
- For online exams where you will have 24 hours within which you may open your assessment at any point and once the assessment has been opened, becomes timed and you have an allocated amount of time to complete the assessment, additional time will be awarded.
- For online exams with a fixed duration (e.g. 2-4 hours), if your PAA includes additional time then this will be added. Additional time may also be included for online exam paper download and collation/upload periods.
If you have a coursework coversheet as part of your PAA provisions then you should attach this to the first page of your document.
What can I expect during my online exam?
We have a separate article What can I expect during my online exam? that explains what happens before, during and after online assessments.
Additional academic/ IT support for completing assessments
Academic support at King's
Read our article Academic support when taking assessments at King's for an overview of the additional academic support you can access during the assessment period and throughout your studies.
IT Support during assessments
If you need access to a laptop, you can request to borrow IT equipment from King's.
If you are experiencing difficulties with accessing online learning and resources or issues with hardware, please contact the IT Service Desk. Please read our article What can I expect during my online exam? for guidance on contacting IT with technical issues with online exams.
Looking after your wellbeing throughout the assessment period
Top tips to combat stress
It’s normal to experience stress and anxiety as you prepare to take an exam or complete an assessment. We’ve shared some helpful tips to help you combat stress during this time.
- Take time out of your studies to look after your wellbeing
- To boost your concentration levels, ensure you are getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep a day and eat a healthy balanced diet.
- Improve your time management skills by creating a revision timetable (and stick to it!)
- Take regular breaks when revising.
- Practice taking timed mock exams to help you to familiarise yourself with the format of online assessments.
- Whether it’s a peer, your personal tutor or a loved one, talk to someone about any worries or concerns you may be having.
- When revising, try to limit your use of social media. Having a ‘social media detox’ before your exams can help you to boost your mood and decrease stress levels.
Additional resources to help you deal with exam stress:
Wellbeing support from King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU)
It’s important to take time out of your studies to look after your wellbeing and manage stress during this time.
There are a range of initiatives at King’s held to encourage students to take care of their mental health/ wellbeing and to connect with peers.
King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) hold a variety of student-led activities throughout the academic year:
- De-stress from exams by getting involved in a wide range of fun online activities and events during the exam season, such as Take Time In.
- The Wellbeing Hub is the online space for students to find activities, events, and resources to boost their wellbeing and thrive during their studies/
- Positive Peers are student partners of KCLSU Wellbeing, who create student-only spaces and promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all students at King’s.
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Through the Move your Mind campaign, King’s Sport offer a wide range of free online classes covering popular self-care activities including meditation, journaling and yin yoga.
Mental health support
King's College London also offers an online support service called Togetherall that you can use at any time. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any device with an internet connection. Our article Mental health support from Togetherall includes more information on using Togetherall for the first time.
Our article Mental health & wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic also provides an overview of the different types of mental health support you can access throughout the pandemic.
I need to speak to someone
The Counselling and Mental Health Support Service (C&MHS) offers free and confidential online support. Read our article Registering with the Counselling & Mental Health Support Service for guidance on making an appointment.
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