Your exam timetable
You can check this schedule to see the dates of the exam periods and when your personal exam timetable will be published. You will receive an email to your Essex account when your exam timetable is ready to view.
Your personal exam timetable will show all the exams that you are registered to take. It will show the date, time and duration of each exam, and whether it is in-person or remote. For in-person exams, it will show the room and seat number. For remote exams, it will include a link to the online platform (FASER, Moodle or Perception).
For remote exams, the timetable shows the date and time when the exam questions will be released, and the date and time when your answers are due to be submitted. For each remote exam shown on your timetable, there is a link to FASER, Moodle or Perception, where you will be able to access the questions at the time shown.
To report a problem with your exam timetable, please click the button that appears below your personal exam timetable, or email email@example.com. The problem could be an exam clash; an exam that is not showing; or an exam that you are not expecting to sit.
For remote exams, if you have two exams of less than 24 hours that overlap, please report this and we will investigate for you.
If your remote exams overlap, but one or more of these exams is 24 hours or longer, this is not treated as an exam clash, because you are not expected to spend all of the allocated time on the exam. You should only be spending an amount of time similar to that which you would normally spend in an exam hall - usually two or three hours. The extended time period has been provided, where possible, to give you the flexibility to plan your time and work on your exam at a time that suits you and your circumstances, and to allow you time to download the question paper and upload your answers. If you have, for example, a 24-hour exam that overlaps with a 48-hour exam, this is considered reasonable for scheduling purposes, because both of those exams should take you between two and four hours to complete (approximately), and it is normal practice for a student to be assigned two remote exams within a 48-hour period.
If, however, you feel that the scheduling of two exams with overlapping completion windows negatively impacts your performance in either exam, please complete an extenuating circumstances form.
Open and closed-book exams
The terms 'open-book' and 'closed-book' refer to whether you can access any resources during an exam.
All remote exams are open-book.
For in-person exams, your lecturers should make it clear to you during classes whether your exams will be open-book or closed-book. The information determines whether you are allowed to access any physical resources, such as notes or a textbook, to support you during the exam. For in-person exams, you will not be allowed to access notes on an electronic device or use the internet.
You can view the assessment information for your modules from the area in My Essex titled 'This Year's Modules', or on the module directory.
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open-book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform (FASER, Moodle or Perception). You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open-book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials, such as paper study notes or a textbook, during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open-book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials, such as a named textbook, during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed-book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed-book exam. Any exceptions will be be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Remote exams are accessed via our online platforms (FASER, Moodle or Perception). You do not need to be on campus to take a remote exam.
The format of your remote exam will vary. You can contact your school/department for more information about these assessments; what is expected of you; and how to prepare. Generally there are three types of remote exam:
- Take-home exam via FASER - Take-home exams via FASER are made up of a number of questions that you can answer over a limited time period. The question paper will be available for you to download from FASER in one of the common file formats (Word or PDF) and when you have completed the exam you will upload your work back into FASER. The front page of the exam paper will tell you whether you need to type your answers on the question paper or upload them as a separate file.
- Quiz via Moodle - Some remote exams will be in the form of a Moodle Quiz. These tend to include multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and in some cases essay-style questions as well.
- Multiple-choice questions exam via Perception - A small number of remote exams will be provided through Perception and these will usually be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ).
Your personal exam timetable will show the date and time of your remote exam and the platform it is using (FASER, Moodle or Perception). You can access the relevant platform by clicking the link provided on your personal exam timetable.
Remote exams are open-book exams. Open-book means you can refer to books and your notes to help you to write your answers. However, it is important that it is your own work, so you may not get help from others. Please see the section below on academic integrity.
For many remote exams you will have a longer period in which to write and submit your answers than you would have in an in-person exam. For example, you may have a 24, 48 or 72-hour completion window. You will not need, and are not expected, to spend all this time on the exam. The extended time period has been provided so that you have flexibility to plan your time and to work on your exam at a time that suits you and your circumstances. The duration also allows time for you to download the exam and to upload your answers. Your school/department will provide you with guidance on how long you might expect to spend on writing your answers/the expected length of an answer. You should normally expect to be able to write your answers in the same period of time that a standard exam would take, however, you do not need to do this all in one block of time.
Remote exam practice
If you're not familiar with using FASER or Moodle, we have set up some practice areas for you to try out ahead of your exams:
FASER practice area
Moodle practice area
If you are unable to log in to FASER or Moodle, please contact the IT Helpdesk so that this can be resolved in time for your exams.
Access to technology
You will need access to a computer and internet connection to take your exams remotely. If you need help with equipment/digital costs, please see our hardship fund. If you experience problems with your technology that prevent you from taking the exam, please submit a Notified Absence from Exams form on My Essex and select 'Lack of IT facilities' as your reason for absence. You must also submit an extenuating circumstances claim.
Facilities on campus
If you do not have a quiet space at home in which to take a remote exam, you can book a silent study space in the Library and bring your own laptop computer to use on the campus wifi network; or, if you do not have suitable equipment, you can use an open-access IT lab.