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Examination periods: general information


The main Summer examinations period is from week four to week nine (inclusive) of the Summer Term. The majority of final-year undergraduate students will be examined in the earlier weeks of this period, first-year students in the middle weeks and intermediate-year students in the later weeks; however, there will be variations to this general pattern in the case of some examinations, and *all students are advised that they may have an examination(s) scheduled at any time during the six-week period. Please note that examinations are also held on Saturday mornings and afternoons.*

**Please note that the dates on which examination papers occurred in previous years are NOT a reliable guide to the likely dates of the same papers in the current academic year - student numbers on examinations and potential clashes arising from varying module choices vary very considerably from year to year and there is always substantial change in the timetable from one year to the next.**

Some examinations are held outside of the main summer term period referred to above; your department should inform you of the periods during the year when examinations for your course/year of study will be held.

Students are required to take all examinations at the University.

*Staff and students are asked to be aware of the following factors that affect the University examinations timetable*:

(a) Finalists' examinations have to finish in time for the marking and exam board process to be completed to allow the submission of pass lists to the Senate at the end of the Summer Term, for approval of the conferment of degrees at the degree ceremonies, and first-year examinations have to finish in time for marking to be completed before the Faculty-based First-year Boards of Examiners which take place in the last week of the Summer Term.

(b) Very few modules are taken only by students on a single degree course/year of study. Very many contain students from a number of different courses (quite frequently across faculty boundaries) and from more than one year of study, and the degree of option module choice offered at Warwick is generally very high. As a result, it is quite common for larger papers to accumulate potential clashes with up to around 80 other examinations (and sometimes a lot more than this), with individual clashes often involving literally one or two students only.

(c) Other activities such as the degree ceremonies and the University's obligations in respect of statutory statistical returns to government agencies (which are based on results at module level) also place additional general constraints on the scheduling of examinations.

The above factors substantially constrain the timetabling of examinations. It is quite common, therefore, for students to have two papers on the same day, or papers on consecutive days, and this is comparable to the position at other UK universities similar to Warwick in size and complexity.


September examinations (including first-year resits) normally take place in the first full week of September (Monday -Friday).


Various other examinations are held at other times of the year. Your academic department department will inform you of the periods within which particular examinations will be held. Detailed composite timetables will be published under the "Exam Timetables" and "Upcoming Events" links at the top of this page in good time before the examinations.