Exams are mainly used to test your knowledge across the length of a course/module. During an in-person exam, students complete a time-limited form of assessment under the same conditions on a specific date and time, and at a specified venue.
Exams can vary in question types from essay-based to multiple choice. They can also be used for performance-based courses such as music or languages, and competency-based courses such as OCSEs in clinical practice.
Important to know: Exams held in 2021/2022 will take a variety of formats, including both online and the return to in-person exams. Therefore, on your exam timetable, you may find that they include some in-person exams. You will see your exam location listed on your timetable. You can view the exam timetable for the 21/22 academic year within our article Exam timetables 2021-22.
Online exams (remote & in-person)
An online exam is a time-restricted exam where most aspects of the assessment process, design, student production, submission and marking/feedback are conducted online. These exams, in general, are held remotely but some are held in-person in a traditional exam hall.
What format will my exam be in?
The information below may vary according to the module and programme you are taking and will be confirmed by your department/faculty in advance. The format of your remote online exams is likely to be one of the following:
Safeguarding academic standards during online assessments
Important to know:
- If you have overlapping 24-hour assessments within your timetable, you are expected to manage your time throughout this period to submit your assessments before the submission deadlines.
- Your department/faculty will advise you whether there are any specific requirements for a remote online exam, such as a word count, referencing, restricted access to resources/referencing material, and whether an ID check will be conducted.
For more information on open, limited, and closed exams at King's read our article What’s the difference between open, limited, and closed book exams?