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A: Materials allowed in Examinations

  1. Candidates are forbidden to take into the examination room any books, papers, calculators, or any information storage and retrieval device, or any attache case or bag in which such items can be carried, unless there is an express provision otherwise in the case of a particular paper. Candidates are forbidden to pass calculators or any other item to one another during examinations (Regulation 10.2(4)).
  2. (a) The use of silent battery-operated calculators shall be permitted in examinations as recommended by departments, either for all their examinations or for specified papers only (Senate 37a/82-83).

    (b) Where the use of calculators has been approved the responsibility for identifying approved models or types and for verifying that only such models are used in the examination shall rest with the department organising that examination; departments shall also be responsible for informing students of any such restrictions (Senate 172c/81-82).

    (c) Except for the display of error or function messages, calculators with non-numeric displays shall not be allowed (Senate 172d/81-82).

    (d) The proper functioning of any calculator or batteries shall be the responsibility of the student (Senate 172e/81-82).

    (e) Any attempt at unauthorised use of a calculator prohibited under paragraphs 1, 2a, 2b or 2c above shall be dealt with under the Procedures to be adopted in the Event of Suspected Cheating in a University Test (Regulation 11)(Senate 172f/81-82).

    (f) The Warwick Business School is permitted to allow its students to use calculators as it may determine in the School’s examinations which have unrestricted open book status (BUGS 25(a)/01-02).
  3. Candidates are forbidden to take into the examination room any devices which may emit noise or are likely to disturb other candidates (Senate  61 (b)/95-96). This specifically includes mobile phones (Senate 43/00-01).
  4. Except in accordance with requirements for language examinations, or as may be approved by the Boards of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies, students are required to answer examination questions in English (Senate 174f/72-73, 64d/75-76).
  5. (a) Students whose first language is not English are permitted to use a bilingual dictionary during University examinations, except that bilingual dictionaries may not be used in certain examinations in which their use would negate the purposes of the examination. Such examinations will be publicised by the Academic Office in the Summer Term. See also f below.

    (b) A bilingual dictionary is defined as a single-volume, non-specialist, general-purpose bilingual translation dictionary covering English and the student's first language. Permitted dictionaries shall give only equivalent words and phrases in English and the first language and shall not include further explanatory text or appendices, other than of a trivial nature. Encyclopaedic, pictorial or specialist/subject- specific dictionaries (e.g. legal or business dictionaries) are not permitted.

    (c) Departmental Examination Correspondents or their nominated deputies are required to confirm a student as an appropriate user of a bilingual dictionary after consultation with the student's tutor (if necessary) before considering a request to certify a dictionary.

    (d) Students are required to provide their own dictionaries and Departmental Examination Correspondents or their nominated deputies are required to certify such dictionaries as suitable for examinations use prior to the examinations taking place in a similar fashion to the licensing system currently in use for electronic calculators, it being made clear to the students concerned that a dictionary may be checked by any member of staff before, during or after an examination period.

    (e) The student's name and registration number should be clearly indicated on the inside front cover of the bilingual dictionary, together with a departmental stamp and authenticated by the signature of the Departmental Examinations Correspondent or the nominated deputy.

    (f) Given the difficulties involved in certifying users and texts in examinations held overseas, the above scheme only applies to examinations administered at the University, except that: (i) students taking September resit examinations held at overseas centres but also administered at the University are permitted to use bilingual dictionaries provided they are already in possession of a correctly certified dictionary; (ii) The Chair of the Board of Undergraduate Studies has given permission for Distance-Learning MBA students to present bilingual dictionaries for approval at the DLMBA September seminar.                                                                                                                                                                                    (Senate 32(b) 96-97, Examinations Committee 10(a)/96-97, 14/96-97).