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Assessments: A Quick Guide

Preparing for your exams & assessments

Study Skills have collated some resources to help you prepare for your exams and/or assessments and perform at your best. You can also find more information about the various sources of support on offer at King's on the Study Skills & Support page of  the Faculty Handbook. 

In addition to the information available here, there is also useful information on assessment available from the Exams Office, who run the organisation of the College's exams, Registry Services, who manage student records on the Strand, and the College section of the handbook.

 

How will I be assessed?

You can find out more about the methods of assessment used in the Department on the Methods of Assessment page of this handbook.

Details of the specific method/s of assessment used for each module can be found on the individual module pages

I study a joint programme - where are my assessment details?

Details of the assessment methods for modules on joint programmes can be found on the respective student handbook pages:

When do I submit my work?

The deadlines for any coursework will be detailed in the relevant module area on KEATS and will be announced in your lectures.

For more information please see the Methods of Assessment page of this handbook.

Where can I find my exam timetable?

Dates for the exam periods and release of the exam timetables can be found on the Exams Office Exam Timetable webpage.

Students will also receive a personal exam timetable via Student Records.

Can I use a calculator during my exams?

For examinations in which the use of calculators is permitted, you are expected to bring your own calculator. You will not be provided with one at the examination. 

Only models from the CASIO-FX83 or CASIO-FX85 range are approved (e.g. the models CASIO-FX83GT PLUS or CASIO-FX85GT PLUS).

Bringing a non-approved calculator to an exam will be regarded as an examination offence.

More information is available on the Exams Office webpages.

If you are unsure of whether a calculator can be used in your exam please contact the module lecturer in advance of the exam.

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If you do not attend an exam you will be marked as absent.

From time to time circumstances arise which are outside your control and which may prevent you from performing to your potential. Such circumstances might include illness, the death of a close relative, or an accident. When such things occur close to your examinations or an assessment deadline, you may feel that your performance will suffer as a result. However, the College has mechanisms in place to ensure that you will not be disadvantaged in any way provided that your need is genuine and that you follow the procedures approved by the College.

NOTE: A student who attends, submits or participates in any form of assessment shall be considered by the College to be in a position to do so; that is to say, the student does not believe that they are affected by any mitigating circumstances which would have a significant and adverse impact on their academic performance.  As such, any result achieved in that assessment will stand.

If you feel that events beyond your control might have a significant impact on your academic performance, you should read the Deadline Extension Requests and Missed Assessments page of this handbook carefully as well as the Mitigating Circumstances webpages.

What do I do if I cannot meet a deadline?

From time to time circumstances arise which are outside your control and which may prevent you from performing to your potential. Such circumstances might include illness, the death of a close relative, or an accident. When such things occur close to your examinations or an assessment deadline, you may feel that your performance will suffer as a result. However, the College has mechanisms in place to ensure that you will not be disadvantaged in any way provided that your need is genuine and that you follow the procedures approved by the College.

If you think you will be unable to meet a deadline you should read the Deadline extension requests & missed assessments page of this handbook carefully. This page contains important details about the College's Fit to Sit policy and how to apply for Mitigating Circumstances (as well as details of the types of mitigating circumstances that will be deemed acceptable).

Where should I hand in my Mitigating Circumstances Form (MCF)?

Completed Mitigating Circumstances Forms (MCF) should be handed or emailed to your Programme Administrator no later than 7 days after your missed assessment.

Documentary evidence can be submitted up to 21 days after the missed assessment provided that you have submitted your completed MCF no later than 7 days after the missed assessment.  

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How will I be informed of the result of my MCF?

Your Programme Administrator will pass the MCF and supporting evidence on to the Assessment Sub-Board Chair for a decision and you will be notified of the outcome via email.

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My MCF has been rejected.  What does this mean?

The assessment (against which you applied to have mitigating circumstances taken into account) will stand. Therefore this mark will count as an attempt. You may now be permitted to take the assessment again (depending on how many attempts you have already had). 

If you are permitted a resit you will need to take it at the next available opportunity. For undergraduate students the resit attempt will be capped at 40; for postgraduate taught students the resit attempt will be capped at 50.

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How can I appeal against an MCF decision?

You cannot appeal against a decision regarding your MCF until your module results are published. Only then can you appeal against a decision of the Board of Examiners by submitting a Stage One appeal. Please read the Mitigating Circumstances webpages and the guidance notes associated with the Stage One appeal carefully before lodging an appeal.

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It is important that you are aware of the marking criteria used by academics to mark your assessments. The ‘How your work is marked’ page of this handbook provides details of how your assessments are judged against the generic marking criteria of the College and the local criteria in the Faculty. These criteria provide guidance on the overall standards expected at different levels of your studies.

What is plagiarism and how can I avoid it?

Please ensure that you read the Plagiarism page of this handbook carefully for information about different types of plagiarism, as well as the consequences of plagiarism and how to avoid it.

Who marks my work?

King’s is committed to an assessment process that is fair, equal and transparent and your work is therefore marked in accordance with the College Marking Framework. In accordance with this framework any staff member involved in marking your work will have the appropriate experience and expertise.

The ‘How your work is marked’ page of this handbook provides more details of the Marking Framework and how it relates to your programme and modules.

Details of the assessment methods for modules on joint programmes can be found on the respective student handbook pages:

What is the role of the Programme's Assessment Boards?

Faculty Assessment Boards and Programme Assessment Sub-Boards are responsible for ensuring examinations and assessment procedures are carried out in accordance with College, Faculty and Department regulations governing your programme. Support and advice is provided by experienced External Examiners from other UK universities with comparable programmes and similar reputation to KCL.   More information, including details of the members of your Assessment Board, can be found on the ‘How your work is marked’ page of this handbook.

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Please do not contact the College or the Department asking to be told your results over the telephone; Data Protection restrictions do not permit staff to disclose your results in this way.

Examination results and final degree classifications will be made available on your online student records page as soon as is feasible after the meetings of the Assessment Sub-Boards and Faculty Assessment Boards of Examiners; this is likely to be in early July. Notification that your examination results are available will be emailed to you in July by Registry Services along with information on your progression and details of any resits granted to you.

See the Exam Results page of this handbook for more information.

Can my Programme Administrator help me understand my results?

Yes. Your Programme Administrator can help you interpret your results but you must visit your Departmental office for this. Data protection restrictions do not permit staff to discuss your results over the telephone.

Programme Administrators cannot give you any academic advice. For this you should arrange to meet with your personal tutor or another appropriate member of academic staff.

I cannot see my exam results.  What should I do?
  • Do you have any outstanding debts? 

Under no circumstances will you have your results released if you have unpaid debts in respect of tuition fees. If the debt persists for more than a week, you will lose access to all KCL services (e.g. KEATS, KCL email). This is a College process and is out of the Department's control. Reinstating these services takes five working days from payment of the debt. 

You will know if you are a debtor because you will have received notification via your online student records page or will have received a letter.

For clarification you should contact Student Funding.

Payments should be made via Credit Control (bank transfer, credit/debit card).

Once you have cleared your debt it may take a few days for your results to show. Once your payment has been processed and your debt has been cleared, the Faculty Board must then approve your results before they are released.

 

  • Have your log in details changed? 

Contact the IT service desk8888@kcl.ac.uk; 020 7848 8888.

 

If neither of the above apply to you, or if you are still having problems, contact your Programme Administrator.

 

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What if I don't agree with my results?

All students at King’s have the right to request a review of a decision of an Assessment Board. However a decision of an Assessment Board cannot be challenged on academic grounds, that is to say because your view of your performance in any examination or assessment differs from that of the Board.

There are two valid reasons for requesting a review of results by the relevant Assessment Board:

  • Your assessment may have been adversely affected by illness or other factors that you were unable or, for valid reasons, unwilling to divulge before the Board of Examiners reached its decision.
  • There is clear evidence of a significant administrative error on the part of the College or that the examination was not conducted in accordance with the Instructions/Regulations.

If either of these reasons apply, you may complete and submit a Stage One Appeal Form (King's Governance Zone), which will be forwarded to the relevant Assessment Board for consideration. Please ensure you have read the appeal form carefully, it will not be considered if it is not properly completed.

 

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What feedback will I receive on my work?

Information about the types of feedback you can expect to receive for your work can be found on the Assessment Feedback page of this handbook. 

Will I receive feedback and if so, when?

The Department has implemented an online examination feedback system, on which lecturers publish general comments and observations about the examination results for the module they teach.You will be notified via email when generic feedback for examinations is available, usually this will be timed to ensure that you obtain helpful feedback before any reassessments.

In line with College Policy, you should receive feedback on coursework normally within four weeks of submitting the work. Where this is not possible your lecturer will make clear to you the timeframe for providing feedback.

More information can be found on the Assessment Feedback page of this handbook and in the College Policy on Feedback.

How can feedback be used to improve performance?

Information about how to use the feedback you receive to do as well or better next time can be found on the Assessment Feedback page of this handbook.

Further information about the nature and purpose of feedback can be found in the College Policy on Feedback.

Can I see my exam scripts?

You can now request scripts from all written examinations if you want to better understand your marks for a particular assessment. You will need to complete an online form for request this.

The process you need to follow to request to see your exam scripts can be found on the ‘Results’ page of your handbook.

What should I do if I do not understand my mark or feedback?

If you have any questions about the feedback you receive, you should arrange to see the module organiser to seek further guidance.

Please see the Assessment Feedback page of this handbook for more information.

What happens if I fail an assessment or exam?

If you fail an assessment or exam please read the information on the Reassessment and Progression Rules page of this handbook carefully. If you need further guidance you can speak to your Programme Administrator or the Module Leader.

How can I get a transcript of my results?

For continuing students the breakdown of results is on your student record. For a printed Record of Agreed Results contact Student Services (KCL Internal page)

Finalists can request transcripts from the Examinations and Awards Office.

When will I get my degree certificate?

Degree certificates are sent out 3-6 months after the results are released. Certificates will be sent out via post so you will need to make sure that your address details are up to date.

 


10 May 2019
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