Examination Rules

Important: Examination candidates are not permitted to remove exam question papers from the exam room. In most cases copies of the exam paper will be available in the library after exams have concluded.

For some examinations there are specific items that are permitted:

Open Book Exams (OB)

Permitted References (PR)

Calculators (CP, CP1 to CP6)

InspiroScan forms (SC)

Entry to the examination room

  1. Pens, rulers, calculators, etc., must be in a clear plastic bag or a clear pencil case and may not be shared. Electronic manager/diary devices with a calculator function are not allowed. Calculators must not be in cases.
  2. Candidates must present photographic ID (some acceptable forms include; University photo ID card, driver’s licence or passport) as proof of identity. Candidates who fail to produce photographic ID will be required to confirm their identification within 24 hours. The candidate's examination answer book will not be able to be presented for marking until proof of identity is confirmed.
  3. Dictionaries are not permitted in closed book examinations.
  4. Food must not be brought into the examination room. Clear plastic drink bottles are permitted, and may contain water only. Drink bottles are to be placed on the candidate's desk at all times.
  5. Caps or hats are not to be worn in the examination room. The only exceptions to this rule are those head coverings required on religious grounds.
  6. Earplugs are not to be worn in the examination room.
  7. Candidates are not permitted to smoke in the examination room.
  8. Candidates must not take any book or other written or printed matter or blank paper or non-approved electronic devices to their desk in the examination room. (This does not apply to "open book" examinations, or approved references. . In the case of "open book" examinations, any written or printed materials including books, Acts, etc are permitted).  In the case of “permitted reference” examinations, only the specified reference materials are allowed.
  9. All watches, including smart watches - must be turned off (including alarms), and placed as directed by the Supervisor.
  10. Electronic language translator machines are not permitted in examinations.
  11.  All forms of electronic listening and/or receiving & transmitting devices (other than cell phones) must be placed at the front of the examination room.
  12. Cell phones must be switched off and placed as directed by the Supervisor – All alarms and audible sounds must be turned off.

The start of the examination

  1. Candidates must place their photo identity in a position on their desk where it is clearly visible to the supervisor.
  2. Candidates are permitted to read the examination paper ten (10) minutes before the examination is due to commence, but must not write in their answer books or make notes until the supervisor announces that they may commence writing.
  3. Candidates must write their name and ID number clearly in the places provided on the outside of each answer booklet and/or any other answer materials used, unless given instructions that only ID numbers are to be entered.
  4. Candidates are advised to write legibly. All answers are to be written in pen unless otherwise stated. Any hand-writing which the examiner is unable to decipher will not be marked. Rough working is to be done in the examination book or on the paper provided, and clearly crossed out.
  5. Late candidates are not permitted to enter the examination room later than forty five (45) minutes after the beginning of the examination

Behaviour in the examination room

  1. Candidates may not leave the room until one hour after the commencement of the examination and then only by permission of the supervisor, who shall take in the candidates' scripts. Candidates may not leave the room during the last fifteen minutes of the examination.
  2. In the unlikely event that the examination room needs to be evacuated, candidates must follow the instructions issued by the Chief Supervisor present.
  3. Any annotations made by candidates on their examination question papers, (including annotations indicating a choice of answer) must be made in a manner which ensures these notations are not visible to any other candidate.
  4. Candidates may not communicate with another candidate in the examination room or copy from another's answers.
  5. Candidates must stop writing any answer, or modifying any answer immediately upon the supervisor announcing the expiration of time.
  6. Candidates may not communicate with examiners either in their examination scripts or otherwise, except through Assessment Services, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Manawatu Mail Centre. Palmerston North, 4442.

After the examination

  1. Any candidate, who, because of illness, bereavement or critical personal circumstance at the time of the examination, wishes to apply for consideration of an Aegrotat or impaired performance, can do so by completing the prescribed application form on the Massey website, and taking such other steps as the regulations demand.   Completed forms must be returned to Assessment Services, Massey University, Private Bag 11222, Manawatu Mail Centre, Palmerston North, 4442. 

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