You must read carefully the Instructions to Candidates for University Examinations 2016-2017 and observe the regulations and instructions contained therein.
You should check the examination venues of individual papers
shown on the examination timetable carefully, and note in
particular the special provisions detailed at the end of
each timetable. All written examinations are close-book
examinations unless otherwise specified.
You can print your own copy of the examination timetable for
your own reference. It should however be noted
that, under special circumstances, amendments to the examination
timetables would occasionally be made after the publication
of the timetables. You should therefore consult the
online examination timetables on the web site of the Examinations Office regularly for any possible
You must present yourself at the venue set in the examination
timetable for each of the papers you are taking. You
are advised to arrive at the examination venue at least 10 minutes before the start of an examination in order
not to miss any announcements made by the Chief Invigilator/Invigilator before the examination commences.
You must behave quietly and decorously both within the place
of examination, and in its vicinity before, during and after the
examination, and must not communicate with other candidates in any way during an examination.
Before entering the place of examination, make sure that you know
your candidate number and identify your place on the seating
plan. When you are admitted, go straight to your desk.
You should take the seat assigned, and may not change your place unless an invigilator gives
you permission to do so.
You are permitted to enter the place of examination only during
the first half of the examination time (i.e. for
a 2-hour paper, admission will not be permitted after the
first hour). Late candidates will not normally
be given extra time for compensation.
All papers are close-book examinations, unless otherwise specified.
Only writing implements, rulers, erasers and other essentials
such as ink, slide-rulers and your University card may be placed
on your desk. If you bring a pencil case/box with you, you must place the stationery on your desk and put the pencil case/box in your bag/under your chair.
For open-book examinations (or examinations in which prior permission has been given by the examiners concerned to bring in books, reference materials, etc.), you are reminded that the Copyright Ordinance must be observed. For detailed information, please visit the website http://lib.hku.hk/copyright/ and read the relevant part of the Student Handbook.
For papers that allow you to bring your
personal belongings into the examination hall, you should bring a bag that can be properly
closed and small enough to be placed under your chair to hold ALL
your personal belongings, including any written or printed
materials. Mobile phones MUST be switched off and put under your chair throughout the examination in a position visible to the invigilators. Other electronic/ communication devices (e.g. iPod, tablets, PDA, pagers, MP3 players, electronic dictionaries, databank watches, wearable devices) and sound-making device must also be switched off and put in your closed bag under the chair. Make sure that you do not have any printed/written matter, mobile phone, or any other electronic/communication/sound-making devices on your desk, in your pocket or on your body throughout the examination.
Unless you have obtained the prior permission
of an examiner or invigilator, you are not allowed to access the content
of your bag at any time during the examination.
Where the use of calculator is permitted, unless otherwise prescribed by the
examiner(s), you can
only use the approved models of calculators (updated in September 2016)
as announced by the Examinations Secretary. It is your responsibility to
ensure that your calculator operates satisfactorily, and you must record the name and type of
the calculator used on the front page of the examination script. Additional instructions from examiners (if any) are listed
in the special provisions at the end of the relevant examination timetables.
It is also important to note that candidates taking university
examinations are not allowed to bring into the examination venue
any form of recorded matter without the special permission of
the Examinations Secretary. The calculator that you bring into the
examination venue must not, therefore, contain any stored program or
data in its memory.
You are not allowed to take any food or drink, except pure water, into
the examination venue. You may not smoke during the examination.
You must place your University card on the top left corner of your
desk throughout the whole
examination for inspection by invigilators.
In accordance with the Senate's instruction, you should write your
University number (or examination number in the case of medical students)
and not your name, on your answer script.
You will be told when you may begin work. Before you are told to do
so, you are not allowed to open the question papers. You should however
read carefully the instructions printed on the front cover of your answer book(s).
If you wish to ask any questions arising from the question paper, you must
do so within the first half hour of the examination.
You may leave the place of examination at any time after half the time set
for your examination has elapsed (i.e. after one hour for a two-hour paper),
and before the last five minutes of the examination. If you wish
to leave the place of examination, you must first seek the approval of an
invigilator (or examiner as appropriate) and leave your answer script on your desk.
You will be readmitted only if you have been accompanied by an invigilator
while you were absent.
Thirty minutes, and again five minutes, before the end of the examination, you will
be reminded of the amount of time you have left. After the five-minute warning
you may not leave until the examination has ended and you are given permission to go.
At the end of the examination you will be told to stop working. You must stop
immediately and must not continue to write, and must remain seated in silence until all the answer scripts have been collected
and counted and you are given permission to leave.
You are asked to leave the examination venue quietly as soon as your examination
concludes, as there may still be other students taking their examinations at the same
venue or in its vicinity.
You are reminded that it is an offence under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance to
make gifts of any nature to teachers and/or other University Staff at any time.
If you think that your performance may have been affected by something which happened
during the actual time of the examinaton, you should write, not later than 14 days
after the examination, to the Examinations Secretary at the Registry. Do not delay,
and do not, under any circumstances, write to or approach the Examiners.
If for any reason you have been unable to attend for any paper
in an examination you must, within 14 days of the
absence, write to the Examinations Secretary at the Registry
giving reasons for your absence.
If you are unable because of illness to be present for any paper in
the examination or if you believe that your state of health either
immediately before or during the examination has significantly affected
your performance, you should complete Part I of the
Form of Medical Certificate
and then give or send this form to your doctor with a request that Part II of the form be completed by the doctor within 2 days
of the date of the examination concerned. The completed form should be sent by the doctor direct to the Director,
University Health Service and must reach him/her not later than 14 days after the examination.
Examination results are determined by the respective Board of Examiners. There shall be no appeal against the results of examinations and all other forms of assessment. Students may however request checking of assessment results on grounds of procedural irregularities. For details, please refer to the Procedures for Checking of Assessment Results of Taught Courses (document 111/511 amended).
You must not approach the Examiners or other members of the University staff about your results before they are published. Any enquiries concerning the announcement of results, permission for taking supplementary examinations, etc. should be directed to your own Faculty Office.