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 as in music and languages, and competency-based courses such as OCSEs in clinical practice.
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.
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 online exams is likely to be one of the following:
If you have an assessments that is listed as a 24 hour duration this could be in one of two formats:
- You will have 24 hours from the date and time on your timetable to submit your assessment via KEATS. You can submit your assessment at any time within the 24 hours provided as long as the final submission is within the 24 hour period, however it is not expected that assessments should take any longer to complete than the original allowed time e.g 4 hours.
- You will have 24 hours from the date and time on your timetable within which you may open your assessment at any point. Once the assessment has been opened, you will have an allocated amount of time to complete the assessment, however this will become timed once opened.
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.
- Timed Submissions (4 hours or less)
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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?