On-Line Exams

The following explains how this will take place:

The provisional exam timetable has been posted on Studentcentral under Exam Schedules on MySchool: Brighton Business and shows you when your exam paper(s) will be made available on studentcentral in Assessment & Grades of your module.

Access to exam papers will be at 10am British Summer Time  (unless stated otherwise) on the day of the examination as per your exam timetable. You will then have 48 hours (72 hours if you have a Learning Support Plan in place*) to complete the paper and submit your answers via the correct Turnitin submission point. The submission point will not be visible until the stated date and time and will close at the end of the 48 (or 72) hour period.

We trust you to complete this work as an individual task without support from or collaboration with others.

Full instructions specific to your exam will be provided in your module under Assessment and Grades in due course

If you have any questions as the examination starts, a member of staff will be available until 10:30. Please email the undergraduate office as soon as possible and they will forward your question: bbsug@brighton.ac.uk.

If you see any discrepancies, please contact Lucy Fullbrook immediately: l.fullbrook@brighton.ac.uk.

* You must have an agreed Learning Support Plan (LSP) with exam recommendations in place. If you are unsure whether your LSP has been agreed or have any queries or concerns about this please contact Lucy Fullbrook at L.fullbrook@brighton.ac.uk. Students with an LSP and just needing a chat or support do also feel free to contact Lucy.

FAQ’s This will be continually updated

Q: How will examiners give out accurate grades as having 48 hours to complete an exam opens the doors up to many students ‘cheating’?

A: All the submissions will be through Turnitin which will check for plagiarism and collusion. As markers we will be extra vigilant as well. At the exam boards we all will be checking for anomalies.

Q: If the paper is normally a seen paper which is available 2 weeks before will this still be the case?

A: Yes

Q: Is there a word count?

A: The specific details for each exam will be made available in the module Assessment & Grades in due course.

Q: Why do students have 48 hours to complete an exam paper when normally it is only a matter of hours?

A: We have many international student who are on a different time zone and many students are sharing study space. Also we are in extremely challenging times for our administrator staff, it is not possible with around 100 exams and 1000’s of students to set-up different time releases.

Q: I do not have my own laptop to complete my exam or my coursework what can I do?

A: Please email Julie Fowlie Deputy Head of School j.fowlie@brighton.ac.uk ASAP for further information

Q: Have I got a Learning Support Plan in place?

A: You would have been emailed a copy of your Learning Support Plan (LSP) by Lucy Fullbrook following an assessment by the Disability and Dyslexia Team and agreement by your course leader and you may have had support for your exams in previous years (usually sitting in Mithras House with extra time etc). If you are unsure if this is the case please contact Lucy at l.fullbrook@brighton.ac.uk.

Q: I don’t have an LSP but I need one, what can I do?

A: The Disability and Dyslexia Team are still operating their service remotely and offering appointments. In the first instance please email disability@brighton.ac.uk and explain briefly why you may need support e.g. Learning Difficulty such as dyslexia, health condition etc. It would be useful to confirm if you have supporting evidence for this. They will get back to you as soon as they can but please be aware that this will take longer than usual and be patient.

Q: Can I take 48/72 hours to do my exam?

The exam paper will be released at 10am* (British Summer Time) on the scheduled date and you will then have 48 hours to submit your answers in line with the guidance in your module area (or 72 hours if you have an agreed LSP with exam recommendations). You may choose to complete the exam as if it were a normal sitting i.e. sit down an 10am and complete it within the original duration (as noted in the module descriptor) and submit it. You may instead choose to sit it this way at a different time during the 48/72 hours (particularly if you are overseas in a different time zone) or you may wish to use the full duration and submit by the deadline. Whichever works best for your learning style.

* professional courses exams have 48/72 hours from the start time noted on the timetable.

Q: I can see my exam twice on the timetable, how do I know which is mine?

A: You need to look at the module code, title and courses taking (final column) on the timetable. Undergraduate exams are denoted in black, postgraduate exams in green, professional courses exams in red). Some courses, particularly Law and CPE) teach the same subjects at different levels (they will have different module codes). If you are unsure which is your exam please check with Lucy Fullbrook or your programme administrator via email.

Q: My exam is a “seen exam” or has a “seen case study/element”, how will this work?

A: Most exams are unseen and will become available to you at the time and date as noted on the exam timetable. A small number of exams are “seen exams” or have an element (e.g. a case study) that is made available to the students two weeks prior to the examination date. If this applies to one or your exams you will be able to view the seen element of your exam on the module area at 10.00am 14 days prior to the date of your exam. Please note that you will not be able to submit your answers until the submission point opens in the module area and you will then have 48/72 hours to submit your exam answers. You should hopefully be aware if you are due to take a “seen exam” however if not please check the module descriptor for your module or check with your module leader.

Q: What happens if I have a query during my exam or spot an error?

A: When your exam opens at 10am (or a different specified time as noted on the exam timetable) your module leader will be available between 10.00 and 10.30am (British Summer Time) to deal with any queries. Guidance will be posted in the module area with the exam paper about where you should direct your queries.

Very occasionally we become aware of an issue/error on a question on an exam. Should this be the case we would immediately post an announcement in the module area and an email will also be sent to the students sitting this examination.

Q: What happens if I am unable to complete my exam on the date on the timetable?

A: We would expect students to sit their exams on the date given on the exam timetable. If you are unable to attempt or complete your examination for valid reasons then you would need to follow the guidance on Studentcentral for submitting mitigating circumstances. Please be aware that the deadline for submitting a claim is Friday 12th June.

The examination board would then make the decision as to when you would be permitted to resit your examination.

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