The Senate - approved Rules for the Conduct of Prescribed Assessments and Written Examinations for Degrees or Diplomas, provide information on the following:   

  • Responsibilities of the Registry
  • Responsibilities of Heads of School
  • Responsibilities of Senior Invigilators and Invigilators
  • Rules for Candidates
  • Cheating in Prescribed Degree Assessments
  • Guidance Note on the Use of Readers and Amanuenses in Examinations

For guidance on all matters pertaining to Assessment Arrangements, please see the links on the left-hand side.

Disability-Related Exam Arrangements

Disability-related exam arrangements are put in place by Schools, the Central Timetabling Team and IT Services using the disability database. Information and deadlines for students requesting provisions in examinations is available here. The disability database is a central point for all disability-related information for exams.

The Central Timetabling Team make arrangements for students who require the use of a computer, extra time and the use of a scribe/reader.

Computer Rooms

Registry are responsible for arranging rooms and invigilators for all computer exams (regardless of students’ other requirements). Computers are set up in exam-mode (blank Word document with no internet access) by IT Services, unless otherwise requested.

Scribes and Readers

Scribes and readers are arranged by Registry. Schools are responsible for liaising with the scribe/reader to confirm the arrangements for the day of the exam.

Extra Time Rooms

Any students who require extra time for their exams and have no other IT or accommodation requirements will be placed in extra time exam rooms. Registry organise these rooms and will advise Schools once these are booked.

Private Rooms and Fewer than 10 Students per Room

Schools are responsible for rooms and invigilators for students requiring private rooms or where there is a less than 10 students per room exams (NB except computer exams).

Please email roombookings@abdn.ac.uk with your requirements if you would like to use rooms from the Central Teaching Pool.

Exam Hosting

The University of Aberdeen can host exams for other institutions. It may not be possible to accommodate requests if they clash with other events on campus and University holidays.

Exams can be held between 9.00am - 4.00pm, Monday – Friday.

Exam Hosting Fee

We charge a fee for hosting an exam, plus an invigilation fee. The amount charged depends on the length of the exam. The costs should be paid by the candidate via the link to the Online Store which will be provided by the Exams Team.

Any courier costs for returning completed exam scripts to the home institution must also be covered by the candidate.

Request to Host an Exam

An official request from the home institute confirming the date and time of the exam(s), and whether there are any special requirements, must be made in writing at least 2 weeks before the exam. Arrangements cannot be made until this information is received.

Requests should be sent to:

Central Timetabling Team
Exams, Registry
Macrobert Building
Aberdeen AB24 5UA
Email: exams@abdn.ac.uk

Setting and Arranging Assessments

AQH Course Co-ordinators are responsible, under the ultimate authority of their Head of School, for preparing written examination papers in consultation with those involved with the delivery of a course.

External Examiners must be asked to approve final papers and should be sent all relevant Course Handbooks to enable them to ascertain whether the draft questions are fair and appropriate in relation to the course aims and learning outcomes.

Examination papers, approved by the External Examiner, must be submitted to (academicservices@abdn.ac.uk) by 31 October each year.

Setting and Arranging Assessments Guidance