assessments and exams

To help minimise the impact on you, UEA has made special arrangements for the UG and PGT end of year assessment period. This includes making it easier to get extensions and delayed first sits.
To help you understand these arrangements at this difficult and confusing time, we've answered some key questions below about what you need to do if you are going to have difficulty meeting deadlines and taking exams this year.
I’m not going to be able to submit my coursework on time. What do I need to do?

If you feel you will not be able to meet your original deadline, don’t worry. There is an automatic extension of 10 working days for all coursework. You don’t need to do anything, just submit the work within 10 working days of the original due date. No late penalties will be applied if you submit within this initial period.

If you can’t meet that extended deadline, you are automatically entitled to a new first attempt which needs to be submitted by 3rd August at the latest. There is no need to request an extension or provide any evidence. No late penalties will be applied so long as you submit your work by 3rd August.

Late penalties will be applied to work submitted after the 3rd August deadline unless you have applied for and been granted a further extension.

If you have specific ECs affecting you in the run-up to 3rd August, you can submit ECs setting out why you need more time. If you can’t provide the medical or other third-party evidence that would normally be required, family or other informal evidence may be enough. If you’re not sure how to submit ECs, get in touch.

If you aren’t able to submit your coursework by 3rd August, you may have to take a break in your studies before you continue to your next year.

What about my dissertation/research project?

The same standard 10 working daytime extension will be allowed for submission.

If you are struggling to complete because of, for example, lack of access to resources or problems gathering data, talk to your supervisor and agree a new submission date and any other changes needed - for example, to research methodology or scope.

If you need a very long extension and the work won’t be completed in time to be marked before the deadlines for exam boards (you can check these with your Hub or your supervisor) your graduation may be delayed.

How will exams work?

Exams will be online on the original timetabled days. You will be able to sit them and upload them at any time within 24 hours of them being live.  

Students will be given a guide on how long they are expected to spend on the exam. Students who normally get extra time can spend as long as they need, allowing for breaks etc.  

There will be a word count applied to exams for all students and a mark penalty will apply if you exceed the word count for any question by 10% or more. 

If you make a mistake when uploading your answers, you can resubmit until the end of the 24 period and the last submission will be marked.  

Rules on plagiarism and collusion will apply to your exam answers so you need to ensure that you indicate your sources and show clearly where you are quoting sources, as well as working independently to complete the paper.  

What should I do if I can’t do my online exams on the day they are timetabled?

If you are unwell or otherwise unable to sit an exam on the original timetabled date, you will automatically be given a rescheduled date in August for a new exam. 

If you attempt an exam on a day when you are unwell or have other problems affecting your performance and feel you haven’t done as well as you could, you can apply for a delayed first sit. Each such request will be looked at individually and it is not guaranteed that it will be allowed. If you find yourself in this situation, get in touch with us and we can support you.  

If you are feeling unwell on the day of your exam or if there is something else impacting your ability to perform as well as you would normally do, think really carefully as to whether taking that exam then or waiting till August would be better for you. 

I am a final year student, when will I get my results?

If you submit all your coursework by the original deadline set (or within the 10-day automatic extension) and take exams on the original timetabled day, results are expected to be released on 21 July.  

If some or all of your coursework is submitted late but before 3 August, and/or you take your online exams in the August exam period, your results are expected to be released on 16 September. 

If you have any more questions and would like to discuss your particular situation with an advisor, get in touch via our online contact form here.