Examination Information

Your exam timetable for the Semester One Examinations 2022/2023 will be published via your student apps page.  Please click on the 'Academic, Exam & Placement Support' section to view your timetable. 

Module Co-ordinators will provide details of submission times for other Semester One assessments.

The majority of exams take place on campus for the Semester One 2022/2023,  with some examinations remaining online.  Students should ensure they check their timetable carefully to identify which exams are on campus and which can be taken remotely. All on campus exams will be clearly indicated on your timetable as follows: 

1) the venue will state “ ON CAMPUS” followed by a Room Number
2) The Campus will be indicated on the timetable i.e. Glasnevin Campus
Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the location of exam venues in advance.  You can find a campus map here to assist. 

Synchronous online exams ( which  are scheduled, timed online exams that are taken at the same time by every student on the module) will be completed online via Loopexam.ie

Synchronous online exams may take the form of a standard exam paper or a quiz style exam. The answers to the exam can be inputted directly online, or submitted when complete via an electronic file.

Students should make themselves familiar with the DCU Examination Regulations. 
 

DCU's Disability & Learning Support Service (DLSS) continues to manage the specific arrangements for students who are registered with the DLSS. 

Students who normally receive extra time in exams will continue to do so for online synchronous exams.  More information regarding DLSS Supports for online exams is available here

If you have a short term injury which requires assistance please contact examinations@dcu.ie

The Registry office on the Glasnevin campus will be open for students who have queries on the morning of the exam. 

The DCU Exam Support Centre will also be available for the Semester One Examinations 2023.  There are three methods of contacting them:

via the exam support form: www.dcu.ie/examform 
via phone at +353 1 700 6151 or
email at examsupport@dcu.ie      

Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the location of exam venues in advance.  You can find a campus map here to assist. 

 

What does postponing of assessments mean?

If you know in advance that you will not be in a position to sit your examination you may request a postponement of assessment/examination by submitting an R33 form

See the FAQ page for more information on Postponement and/or Extenuating Circumstances.

 

 

 

What if I’m unwell on the day or I’m unable to complete the assessment on the day due to extenuating circumstances - whom do I contact?

You should notify your programme chair/module coordinator and lecturer. You should also submit an R30 form

See the FAQ page for more information on Postponement and/or Extenuating Circumstances.

 

What if unforeseen events impacted your ability to complete the assessment to the best of your ability?

You should notify your programme chair/module coordinator and lecturer. You should also submit an R30 form

See the FAQ page for more information on Postponement and/or Extenuating Circumstances.

 

The ‘DCU Examination Support Centre’ will be in operation throughout the exam period so that you can also avail of ‘live’ guidance on your options. 

There are three methods of contacting them:
via the exam support form: www.dcu.ie/examform 
via phone at +353 1 700 6151 or
email at examsupport@dcu.ie      

Students who have any concerns on the day of the exam can contact the ‘DCU Examination Support Centre’. 

The exam support centre will be open on all exam days. There are three methods of contacting them:
via the exam support form: www.dcu.ie/examform 
via phone at +353 1 700 6151 or
email at examsupport@dcu.ie      

On Campus Examinations Semester One 2022/2023

Ensure you check your exam timetable carefully for date, time, exam number and venue.  All on campus exams will be clearly indicated on your timetable as follows: 

1) the venue will state “ ON CAMPUS” followed by a Room Number
2) The Campus will be indicated on the timetable i.e. Glasnevin Campus

All other exams will take place remotely. 

No allowances are made if you make a mistake reading your exam timetable.

 

Students should remain cognisant of HSE guidelines. If you are feeling unwell on the day of exams, do not attend the examination centre. 

If you have tested positive or are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, do not attend the exam centres. 

Should you feel unwell at the exam centre immediately report to the invigilator.

    Exam Hall Protocols: 

    • Please follow hand sanitising protocols at all times. Hand sanitising stations will be available at all doors of the exam centre.
    • Face Masks can be worn into the exam hall. If you do not have one and would like to wear one during your exam you can request one from the invigilator. Face coverings are no longer mandatory in the exam hall.
    • Ventilation in the exam centres have been checked and will be continuously monitored. While every effort will be made to heat the exam centres, it may be unavoidable to have doors/windows open at various times for ventilation. Therefore, we advise you to wear layers of warm clothing.
    • A useful checklist in advance of on campus exams is available here
       
    • Check your examination timetable on student apps page prior to starting your examinations to ensure that you are certain of all dates, times, venues and campus.
       
    • Please take a note your 6 digit Exam Number for the August Resit Exams (published on the exam timetable). You will use this on your exam script to enable your script to be marked anonymously.  If you forget this on the day this can be checked with the invigilator.
       
    • Ensure you are familiar with the university's examination regulations
       
    • Check your ID Card is valid and in date and contact Registry if you require a new one.  Please ensure you have signed the rear of your ID card.
       
    • Plan your route to your exam venue and allow plenty of time in advance. Campus maps are available here.

    It is a requirement that all students bring their current DCU student ID card to all on campus examinations. Please see the Examinations - ID Audit Process which will apply if you do not have a valid student ID Card with you. 

    Please note that personal belongings or valuables must not be brought into the examination venues as there is no secure storage available. Please secure any personal belongings in your student locker. The University does not accept responsibility for items lost or stolen in the examination venues.

     

    We would like to draw your attention to the Regulations on mobile phones in examination centres. Please note that this policy also covers Smart watches which are not permitted in the exam venues,

    If your exam requires you to bring your own non-programmable calculator, please ensure that you have it with you in the exam centre before your exam starts. Invigilators do not provide calculators to students. 

     

    Online Examinations Semester One 2022/2023

    You will need access to loopexam.dcu.ie to complete your online synchronous exam. You will need continuous internet access for the duration of the exam. The DCU Exam Support Centre will be available immediately before and during the exams if you have issues of connectivity, etc. 

    A technical guide for students is available here

    Online Synchronous exams will take place on loop exam https://loopexam.dcu.ie/

    Trial exams are now available on LoopExam.  Please click here to log into LoopExam and take the trial exam. This will allow you to become familiar with both a multiple choice/Quiz style exam as well as an assignment upload.

    A small number of exams will not be through LoopExam and will be taking place on alternative platform.  If your exam timetable shows a module as "Alternative Platform" you will receive further information on this exam directly from your lecturer/module coordinator.

    Please note, 
    To allow for the online nature of your exam, the University has allocated additional time to the approved duration of your online exam:

    Please see table below:

    1 Hour Exam - 20 Minutes additional time allocated
    2 Hour Exam - 30 Minutes additional time allocated
    3 Hour Exam - 40 Minutes additional time allocated

    This additional time will be automatically added to all student taking online examinations.   If your exam is marked as "On Campus" on your exam timetable and is being conducted in an invigilated exam hall this additional time will not apply.
    This is independent of any approved time allocated to students registered with the DLSS

    We are aware that a number of our students have problems with access to broadband and we have taken that into account as best we can. All exams have been granted additional time to allow for this potential temporary issue.

    If you are experiencing difficulty with your home broadband, you can create a ‘wifi hotspot’ from your mobile phone to your laptop, which will use 4G for internet access;

    Share a mobile connection by tethering or hotspot on Android

    Share a mobile connection by tethering or hotspot on Apple

    In order to Improve connectivity, can we also suggest that you ask others in your household to avoid using Netflix, YouTube etc. for the duration of the exam.
     

    If broadband goes down during the exam, try restarting the broadband router.

    Comprehensive technical guidelines (Loop exam / uploading videos / uploading written scripts etc.) can be found here

     A technical guide for students is available here

    The recommended approach is to use Microsoft Office Lens.  You will be given details of how to use this when provided with the outline of your assessment. 

    Student Handwritten Exam submission Guide- iOS_Ipad
    Student Handwritten Exam Submission Guide- Android

    Comprehensive technical guidelines (Loop exam / uploading videos / uploading written scripts etc.) can be found here

    Trial exams are now available on LoopExam.  Please click here to log into LoopExam and take the trial exam. This will allow you to become familiar with both a multiple choice/Quiz style exam as well as an assignment upload

     

    You will contact the ‘DCU Examination Support Centre’. This will be set up for the period of August Resit exams and will assist you in submitting through loop exam. 

    The exam support centre will be open on all exam days. There are three methods of contacting them:
    via the exam support form: www.dcu.ie/examform 
    via phone at +353 1 700 6151 or
    email at examsupport@dcu.ie      

     

    Yes, The DCU Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy continues to apply to this suite of examinations.  Ensure you are familiar with this policy and continue to reference any sources you use during your August Resit exams and assignments.

    DCU Library have a very helpful resource on citing and referencing at  https://www.dcu.ie/library/classes_and_tutorials/citingreferencing.shtml

    A final checklist for online exams is available here

    Student Support

    We are committed to providing you with welfare, academic and practical support throughout this time.

    DCU Student Support and Development have a range of supports available via email, phone and online - and can be contacted here. Counselling is being offered online, and students struggling with finances may be able to get some financial assistance through the Student Assistance Fund. If a student has general enquiries and is not sure whom they need to speak to, a member of staff in the Student Advice Centre can advise them as necessary.

     

    • We have some really useful material about preparing for exams and taking care of yourselves before and during exams in the Discover Exam Success course on Loop.  You can learn some new learning strategies, find ways of staying calm and get tips on how to give your best performance on the day of the exam. 
    • You may also find the Discover Assignment Writing section interesting, as you complete your assignments or prepare to answer essay questions in your exams. 
    • Please also consider signing up for our virtual Exam Bootcamp, which will cover motivation, learning strategies, exam stress, and exam performance. It will take place from November 29th - December 3rd via Loop. Video tutorials and online resources will be available for students who can't make the live webinars. You can enrol for the Loop course here. 
    • Managing stress and anxietyGo to loop.dcu.ie | DEVELOP | Mental Health | Stress & Anxiety (A free Silvercloud programme for DCU students)
    • On the day of timed online exams or deadlines, we will provide enhanced support for students including a ‘live’ DCU Examination Support Centre.