Examination instructions

Infringement of the Examination Regulations is regarded very seriously. 
Please read the following instructions carefully and make sure you understand them.

Start times and entry information

Exam rooms will be published on the last day of lectures for each semester.

UC examinations start at 9.30am and 2.30pm. Report to your assigned room 5-10 minutes before the official start time.

You may not enter an examination room later than 45 minutes after the start of the examination.

In the examination room

Students must display current, clearly identifiable photo identification in every examination they attend.

While your Canterbury Card is preferable; other acceptable forms include:

  • Passport
  • New Zealand drivers licence
  • Verified printout from Student Services showing photo, name and Student ID number.

Try to avoid bringing bags into the examination room. If there is a significant event and the room is evacuated, you will not be permitted to take your bag.

Personal items

These personal items may be stored under your chair in a named, clear plastic Ziploc bag during the examination:

  • Cell phone
  • Wallet
  • Keys.

Exam equipment

Only the items below may be on your desk in the examination room:

  • Canterbury card or suitable alternative
  • Pens, pencils, rubbers and, where authorised, drawing instruments. These should either be held in your hand or in a small, clear plastic bag
  • A bottle of water
  • Additional course materials (e.g. course books, notes, calculators) may be taken into the exam room only if the Examiner has notified the Room Supervisors in advance of the exam.

You are not permitted to have a cell phone or any other electronic communication device on your person or in adjoining areas (e.g. toilets) during the period of the examination. 

Electronic communication devices (including but not limited to laptops, iPads/tablets, iPods, and mp3 players), must be left with your personal belongings at the front of the room or with the Room Supervisor.


Cell phones must be switched off with the alarm disabled. If your device emits an audible sound during an examination/test you shall be liable for a fine of up to $120. If you are required to be contactable during the exam, in case of an emergency, your cell phone may be left with the Examination Control Room Staff who will pass on any message received. Cell phones, keys and wallets must be stored under your chair in a named, clear plastic Ziploc bag for the duration of the exam session (see above).

Calculators are not permitted unless the examiner has authorised their use. Only self-powered, noiseless, handheld calculators, without data storage facilities will be approved. Spare approved calculators are not always available in examinations, so it is important that you have your calculator pre-checked if required.

Calculator checks 

Calculator checks will now take place from the Information Desk (Matariki, Level 1) on a drop-in basis between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm. 

If your calculator was stickered before 2017, the sticker is still valid, even if your calculator model is not on the 2017 list. Alternatively, you may borrow an approved calculator from the UCSA (a bond of $27 is applicable).

 Your Personal Timetable that is e-mailed to you will advise if you are required to have your calculator to be checked and stickered for a particular exam.

On entry to the exam room you may be given a card with a seat number printed on it (not Kirkwood Village rooms). You must sit in this seat. If, for medical reasons, you need to sit on an aisle seat, please e-mail the Examination Arrangements Senior Co-ordinator at least five working days before the exam is scheduled.

Immediately after taking your seat, fill in the attendance slip and answer book cover with your name, student number, course code and course title in the spaces provided. (Law students do not write their name on the answer book.)

Do not start reading the examination questions or writing answers until the Room Supervisor announces that you may begin.

You will not be permitted to leave the room:

  • During the first hour of the examination
  • During the final fifteen minutes of the examination.

Once the supervisor announces the end of the examination do not add anything more to your answers.

  • You must hand in your answer book together with any other paper to the supervisor before you leave the room.
  • Do not attempt to discuss any aspect of the examination with any of the examiners for the course before the results are published.

Lost property

If you have lost property check the Examination Control Room or Security.

During the examination

You will be informed:

  • When you may begin working on the examination
  • When only fifteen minutes remain
  • When you must cease work. Do not continue to write after time is called.


This is considered an extremely serious offence which may lead to expulsion from the University. If you have accidentally taken revision notes or other unauthorised material into the examination room, hand them immediately to the supervisor.

Do not:

  • Look at other candidates’ answers
  • Talk or communicate in any way with other candidates
  • Answering exam questions
  • Answer in English and write in ink unless the question paper gives other instructions. (You may answer in Maori provided you have made prior arrangements.)

Format your answers

  • Write clearly; illegible answers will not be marked.
  • Start a new page for each question
  • Clearly identify the number and/or part of the question you are answering.
  • Do not copy out the question.
  • Do not tear any pages out of the answer book.
  • Rough working may be done in the answer book or you may request extra sheets from the supervisor. Clearly cross out rough working before handing in your book.
  • Tie all extra sheets including rough working into the answer book at the end of the examination.

Need more information?

If you have any queries or comments, or require further information please contact the Examinations Office.