Exam Guidance

Everything you need to know about sitting exams, including how online exams work, what support is available to you and what to do if you're sitting an exam from overseas.
 
 

At Edinburgh Napier exams are scheduled in a hybrid model involving both on campus and online exams. Each module has a specific format of exams which will be communicated to you by your module leader and will be shown on the published exam timetables.

Many students will be asked to sit an exam at the end of some of the modules they undertake. These exams take place in two-week blocks (diets) at the end of Trimesters 1 and 2 and over a one-week block in Trimester 3. There is also a two-week Reassessment (Resits) exam diet in the summer to allow students who have missed  an exam to catch up.  Dates for exam diets for the academic year can be located here.

As exams may be scheduled at any time during the exam period, it is your responsibility to be available throughout the exam diet, whether you are undertaking an online exam or attending in person on campus.

Please note that in the School of Health and Social Care, Resit exams may be scheduled either during the Resit exam period or during the Trimester 3 exam period. It is important to check the Exam Timetables carefully to ensure you are aware when your Resit exam will take place.

Online Exams

If you have an online exam, you will require access to a suitable device and reliable internet connection as well as a good environment to undertake your exam. If you do not have the necessary equipment, you can book space on campus via Resource Booker . Alternatively, the University has a Laptop to Loan where you can organise to borrow one from one of the self-services Lapsafe lockers.

All online exams will be available via the Exam Server.  The Exam Server will open for students to check their access to the Server the week prior to the start date of exams. Look out for further communications nearer to exams about this.

The Exam Server will be open for the designated duration of the exam plus an additional one and half times the duration of that exam i.e., if you have a 3-hour exam the Exam Server will be open for 4 hours and 30 minutes. This should ensure all students have sufficient time to:

  • Complete your exam answer
  • Download/upload materials required
  • Mitigate against any temporary network issues/disturbances
  • Ensure students with individual learning profiles are not disadvantaged.

Some exam papers will set an indicative word count to give you additional guidance on the length of answers that you should be aiming to submit. In all exams you should read the instructions carefully and ensure you understand what is being asked before you start to answer questions.

Please allow yourself plenty of time to deal with any technical interface issues - the extended time should be used primarily by you to manage such matters if required, so you should aim to be working on your answers for designated duration of the exam as noted on the front cover of your exam question paper. No additional time can be added, and late submissions cannot be accepted.

Support during online exams

There is a facility on the Exam Server so that you can raise questions, which academic staff can then address in as timely a manner as they can. If you have any technical issues, please contact exams@napier.ac.uk.

Exams On-Campus

On campus exams will be delivered in person at Sighthill Campus. For directions, please visit our Sighthill travel page. Exams on campus will be written answers in an answer script book which will be provided to you. If you have a learning profile in place for the use of a PC, you will be given access to a university PC in a PC lab.

During your exam

  • The invigilator will inform you of the start and end time of the exam
  • You will be asked to place any mobile phone or Smart Watch in the bag provided and place this on the desk in front of you for the duration of the exam
  • Once the exam has started, you may not leave the exam room until a period of 1 hour has elapsed from the start of the exam. You are not allowed to leave the room in the last 15 minutes of the exam
  • If there is reading time you will not be permitted to make notes or answer the questions in your script book(s) during this period
  • No unauthorised material may be brought into the exam room
  • Communication between candidates or any other irregular practice is not allowed
  • Sharing of any material is prohibited.

Calculators and dictionaries

In some instances, calculators and dictionaries may be allowed during the exam. You should discuss this with your examiner. Programmable calculators are only allowed in appropriate exams, provided the memory facility has been cleared and the examiner has approved the use of programmable calculators. Mobile phones/Smart Watches must not be used as calculators. Please be aware that if you forget your calculator the Exams Office will not be able to supply a replacement.

At the end of your exam

  • The invigilator will read a closing announcement to formally close the exam
  • Please ensure your matriculation number appears on each script book and any additional materials which should be handed in
  • At the end of the exam remain in your seat until the invigilator has collected your script book(s) from you
  • Script book(s) will be anonymously marked
  • Script book(s) are the property of Edinburgh Napier University and must not be removed from the exam room.

Support during exams

Academic staff will be available at the start of the exams should there be any initial queries about the exam question paper.

 
 

Exam FAQ's

Quick Links and Videos

The student video shows how students access their exams and upload their Exam Answer documents (includes closed captions).

For help and support with Exam submissions and grading please contact exams@napier.ac.uk.

Exam Server

Exam Timetable

My Napier Exams

Email addresses for the submission of form DE1 and associated evidence: -

• Business School Students - FitToSitECsTBS@napier.ac.uk
• All Merchiston based students - Merchistonecs@napier.ac.uk
• School of Applied Sciences students - SAS.ExtCirc@napier.ac.uk
• School of Health and Social Care students - SHSC.ExtCirc@napier.ac.uk

What if I do not have the appropriate equipment or setting to take my exam?

If you require assistance with equipment then please arrange to for a Laptop to Loan If you have concerns about your internet access or the suitability of the space you have available to complete your exam please note you can book space on campus via Resource Booker.

When do the University exams take place?

Exams will be scheduled at the end of each Trimester with a two week Reassessment (Resits) period in the summer. You can find the dates exams will be taking place on MyNapier.

Where can I find the Exam Timetable?

Exam Timetables are published six weeks before each of the Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 diets, and four weeks before the summer diet.

Where will my on-campus exam take place?

At Edinburgh Napier exams are scheduled in a hybrid model involving both on campus and online exams. Each module has a specific format of exams which will be communicated to you by your module leader and will be shown on the published exam timetables. If you have an exam on campus this will be shown on the exam timetable.  All on campus exams will commence at 9.30am or 1.30pm, please allow yourself adequate travel time to get to campus.

How are exams delivered?

Exams will either be delivered online on the  Exam Server which is separate from the regular Moodle you access for your modules, or on campus.  You will be informed by your module leader which format your exam will be delivered.

How are the exams scheduled?

Exams may be scheduled at any time during the exam period, so it is your responsibility to be available throughout the exam diets, including the Reassessment diets (Resits) just in case you have an exam to resit.

What is the duration of an exam?

The exam duration will be indicated on the front cover of each Exam Question Paper and on the published exam timetable. If you are sitting an exam online you will be given designated time, the duration of the exam plus an additional one and a half times the duration of that exam. i.e. if you have a 3-hour exam the Exam Server will be open for 4 hours and 30 minutes.


Will I have more than one exam in a day?

You will not be required to sit more than one exam on any one day. However, you may have two exams on consecutive days.

Can I check my access to the Exam Server prior to the exam?

Students are encouraged to check they have access to the correct exams on the Exam Server. Look out for emails, social media posts and the Student Newsletter which will let you know when access is available for you to check, usually one week prior to the exam dates. Email any enquiries to exams@napier.ac.uk if you have any access issues.

Where do I access the Online Exam Question Papers?

All online Exam Question Papers will be available on the day of your exam on the Exam Server.

What is the total time of my online exam?

The Exam Server will be open for the designated duration of the exam plus an additional one and half times the duration of that exam i.e., if you have a 3-hour exam the Exam Server will be open for 4 hours and 30 minutes.

What time will my exam take place?

The start time for all online examinations is 11am (UK time). If you are sitting exam on campus the start time of your exam will either, be 9.30am or 1.30pm, please check the exam timetable.

Will my Examiner be available during my exam if I have any questions about the exam?

Academic staff will be available at the start of the exams should there be any initial queries about the exam question paper.  

If you are sitting an online exam there is a facility on the Exam Server so that you can raise questions, which academic staff can then address in as timely a manner as they can. 

If you have any technical issues, please contact exams@napier.ac.uk.

In addition, some Exam Question Papers will set an indicative word count to give you additional guidance on the length of answers that you should be aiming to submit. In all exams you should read the instructions carefully and ensure you understand what is being asked before you start to answer questions.

How does the University ensure examination integrity?

Once you submit your Exam Answer document a copy is sent to Turnitin for originality checking, but only the Examiner will be able to access the originality report. 

If you are sitting an on campus exam, your exam will be invigilated by our trained Invigilators.

It is important that all students abide by the Student Conduct Regulations in undertaking these examinations. Exam answers will also be checked through Turnitin for originality.

What if I have technical difficulties whilst completing my exam?

The duration of exams have been extended to allow for any technical difficulties you may encounter. Please email exams@napier.ac.uk if you are unable to resolve these issues immediately.

Please note you should not complete your exam on a mobile phone as they are not compatible with Turnitin. If you require assistance with equipment then please arrange to for a Laptop to Loan  If you have concerns about your internet access or the suitability of the space you have available to complete your exam please note you can book space on campus via Resource Booker.

I have submitted my Exam Answer document too soon and need to amend it?

If you have uploaded your Exam Answer document then it is in a draft status until you press the final submit button. Only if your document is in draft and you are still within the total time of the exam taking place, you can delete your submission, amend your exam answer and then resubmit your Exam Answer document. Watch the student video to find how to do this.

What should I do at the end of my exam?

You must submit your Exam Answer documents within the total time given on the Exam Timetable. Please ensure you do not leave your work in draft format and you have submitted your work, otherwise your Examiner will not be able to mark your work. Please avoid uploading your Exam Answer documents to the last minute to avoid missing the cut off time as the Exam Server will not accept late submissions.

What to do if I am unable to sit my exam?

Students should refer to MyNapier Extenuating Circumstances if you are unable to sit your exam. The decision to defer could affect whether you can proceed to the next year of your studies.

Please always seek advice from your Programme Leader, Personal Development Tutor and Edinburgh Napier Student Association Advice Service ENSA Advice or contact your School Office. Links can be found at the end of this document.

How do I submit my Exam Answers?

Students should create an Exam Answer document of their own, using Microsoft Word or another word processing package. Acceptable file formats are Microsoft Word (doc, docx), PDF, OpenOffice (odt). Apple Pages are not acceptable and you should export these as a PDF before uploading to the Exam Server. One Drive is also not acceptable as this format cannot be opened and will not be accepted.

This student video shows how you can upload and submit your Exam Answer documents. Please allow yourself plenty of time to upload and submit your Exam Answer documents, as late submissions will not be accepted.

 
 

Examination Integrity

In order to ensure the integrity of the examination process, we will be undertaking some post-exam interviews with a selected number of students. If you are contacted for this reason, please be assured that the interview is not a test of you as an individual and is not something to be concerned about. The process is designed to provide us with information on how the student group as a whole engaged with the examination in the online space. It is therefore a quality assurance process, detail on which might be used by the Programme Assessment Boards when reaching their decisions on overall module results.

It is important that all students abide by the Student Conduct Regulations in undertaking these examinations. Exam answers will also be checked through Turnitin for originality.

The start time for all examinations is 11am (UK time). This should allow students studying Edinburgh-based modules but who are currently located overseas to engage in the examination at the same time as UK-based students.

For full details of our guidance on extensions, deferral of assessments, extenuating circumstances and academic appeals procedures, please visit our Academic Issues page.

 
 
Student at home with magazine and laptop

Exams undertaken overseas

The start time for all examinations is 11am (UK time). This should allow students studying Edinburgh-based modules but who are currently located overseas to engage in the examination at the same time as UK-based students.

Further questions

If you have further questions about the exam process, please email exams@napier.ac.uk