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O: Examination Methods

1. Permitted lengths of examinations are 1 hour, 1 hour 30 minutes, 2 hours and 3 hours; this limit shall also apply to individual sections of an examination where students are required or permitted to register for them separately (Senate 61a(i)/79-80).

2. Open Book Examinations
(a) Books from the University Library may not be brought into any examination.
(b) Departments are required to specify on the rubric of the examination paper what restrictions there are on the books which candidates may bring into the examination. (Examinations Committee 12d(ii)/85-86)

3. Reading Time
(a) Reading time shall only be granted in the case of those examinations where a substantial time is needed for a student to make a carefully considered choice between questions of a lengthy, detailed or intricate nature (Senate 151e(ii.1.B) /76-77).
(b) There shall be a standard reading time of fifteen minutes (Senate 151e(ii.1.A)/76-77).
(c) During the period of reading time candidates may make notes on the question paper only, but may not start their answers (Senate 92a/73-74).

4. Seen Question Papers
(a) A seen examination paper is an examination paper issued in whole or in part to students in advance of the written examination. The date of issue shall be a specified number of days (normally 21) before the day on which the relevant examination is scheduled (Senate 151e(i.4.A)/76-77).
(b) The attention of the External Examiners shall be drawn to the use of seen papers in the light of possible collusion between students. (Senate 31c/83-84).