Exam Timetable FAQs

When are my exams?

Please consult the Academic Calendar for examination start and end dates.  The Academic Calendar provides the schedule for formal University examinations.   For any other assessments e.g. practicals or Multiple Choice Question exams arranged by your School or College, you will be advised directly by your lecturers or by your School/College office.

Update as of 2nd April, 2020
There will be no face to face end of year exams.  Semester 2 exams will be held from 21st April to the 15th May 2020.  Your personal exam timetable (available here) displays all modules which were previously scheduled as formal exams and shows the revised mode of assessment. Blackboard will be used to conduct online assessments.

How do I access my personal exam timetable?

Cllick here to view 

A module I am taking is not scheduled for an online assessment; will my Module Leader be in contact with me about this?

Some modules will be assessed through extended essays, projects and open-book exams.  Further queries about the mode of assessment should be directed to the relevant module co-ordinator via Blackboard, Module Leader details are also available link for your information.

Why is my Personal Timetable missing an Exam?

Your personal exam timetable is a reflection of your registration status. If you registered late or if there was a late change to your registration for certain modules, then they will not appear on your personal exam timetable.

  • Click here to view your curriculum 
  • Please check modules on your curriculum selection are correct.
  • If you are correctly registered, then you will have access to all modules on Blackboard.

If you are not registered / or missing a curriculum:

  • Contact your College/School Office to request permission for your missing Exam Module(s) to be added to your Student curriculum.  Please see link to College / School office contacts
  • Once the Registration Helpdesk receives confirmation of this permission from your College/School Office, they will update the module(s) and the module(s) will appear in Blackboard in 24 hours.
  • Please email askregistry@nuigalway.ie to get exam module(s) date and time

Why does my Personal Timetable have me scheduled for an exam that I am not studying?

Your personal exam timetable is a reflection of your registration status. If you requested to delete a module after the Timetable cut was taken in February - then they will still appear on your personal exam timetable. ( Although your curriculum and Blackboard accounts were updated to include the deletion(s))

  •  Click here to view your curriculum 
  • Please check that all modules on your curriculum selection are correct. If you are correctly registered, you will have access to all modules on Blackboard.

1.Module on Timetable that is not on Curriculum but still on exam timetable
If a module is on your personal exam timetable but not on your curriculm, as you requested Reghelp to delete it after the February exam cut - please ignore this entry on your personal exam timetable as you are no longer registered for it.

2.Old Module displaying on both Curriculum and Exam Timetable that you want to delete/replace
- Please contact your College/School Office to request the removal of the incorrect Exam Module(s) that is currently on your Student curriculum. see link for College/School contact details.
- Once the Registration Team receives confirmation of this permission from your College/School Office, they will update the change and the module(s) will not appear in Blackboard. (note Blackboard deleted modules are refreshed and removed every Friday)

Why is no Personal Timetable visible for me?

Cick here to view your registered curriculum.  Check that you are ‘registered’ on your course and all modules on your curriculum selection are correct. If you are correctly registered, you will have access to all modules on Blackboard.

  1. If you are correctly registered, all modules are appearing on your online registration profile and you have access to all modules on Blackboard: ACTION - Contact ISS via their helpdesk.
  2. If you are not registered or are missing your curriculum ( no modules/subjects on your record): ACTION - Contact your College Office, see link for contact details.  Please contact your College/School Office to request permission for your missing Exam Module(s) to be added to your Student curriculum.

Once the Registration Helpdesk receives confirmation of this permission from your College/School Office, they will update the module(s) and the module(s) will appear in Blackboard in 24 hours.

I cannot access my Personal Timetable

Have you set up your Campus Account? Visit Campus Account Self Service to set up your Campus Account or to retrieve your password. For support on student access to computing services, contact the ISS Service Desk (Tel. 091-495777, servicedesk@nuigalway.ie).

I am registered with the Disability Support Service and normally avail of exam accommodations what should I do?

Please contact your Module Leader immediately to discuss your particular examination needs. The University will ensure that no student is disadvantaged in terms of academic assessment and will work closely with the DSS to provide you with support.

Exam Layout / Set Up FAQs

Will I have an opportunity to practice an online assessment?

Your Module Leader will endeavour to run a test with your class group where it is possible for them to do so.

I don’t have Internet access, what can I do?

If you are in this position please contact your Module Leader immediately.  The College/School Office will communicate with you with regard to putting in place arrangements for those who have insufficient access.

What is an online timed assessment?

Where a module will be assessed by a timed assessment, the online exam is scheduled to take place at the date and time listed in your revised personal exam timetable. Please take note of this duration.

  • Exam start times for online exams are 09:30, 13:00 and 14:30 (Mon. – Fri.)
  • Exam duration will remain 120 minutes with up to 30 additional minutes to facilitate uploading the assessment.

What is an open-book exam?

An Open Book exam or take home exam is where you will receive and examination paper via Blackboard and you submit your answers within a defined time.  Your Module Leader will give you instructions on completing the exam paper.

My module is scheduled as an MCQ exam, how does this work?

MCQ’s are Multiple Choice Questions computer based exams which are assessed through Blackboard.  Your Module Leader will set up the MCQ with the required amount of time to complete.  Students registered with the Disability Support Service must inform their Module Leader prior to the exam of their entitlement to extra time.

Useful Guides

Summer 2020: Scanning and Submitting Your Written Exam with Office Lens
https://tips.nuigalway.ie/m/8608/l/1228770-scanning-and-submitting-your-written-exam-with-office-lens

This video provides an overview to students of tests in Blackboard Learn. - https://tips.nuigalway.ie/m/85608/l/1223576-giving-guidance-to-your-students