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We woud like to wish everyone the very best of luck in their exams over the next few weeks. Please be sure to mind yourselves, take reguarly breaks from study and try to get enough sleep and stay hydrated! 

We are here to help with any questions or queries you may have about exams and can guide you to the relevant supports where needed. We have put together a short guide with the most frquently asked questions we get at exam time to cut through the noise and hopefully help you get the information you need quickly! 

First things first, it's important to know that UL Student Life are independent of UL and are not involved in the process of exams, igrades or repeats. You will need to contact Academic Registry here through topdesk:  Login (topdesk.net)

Where can I access my exam timetable?

You can view exam timetables here: https://timetable.ul.ie/UA/ExamModuleTimetable.aspx 

I don't have my student ID, What are my options? 

A Driving Licence or Passport will be accepted as an alternative form of ID.  If you don’t have any ID on you, head to Academic Registry (E0-001, UL Main Building) at least 30 minutes before your exam with your student number, name and date of birth. Academic Registry can use a screenshot of the Student ID and stamp this on headed paper for you to use.

What are the rules in the exam hall? 

  • You can’t enter the exam hall 20 minutes after the exam starts.
  • You can’t leave the exam hall in the first 30 minutes of the exam or during the final 10 minutes of the exam time.
  • Phones, smart watches, calculator covers, pencil cases, electronic devices*, outdoor clothing and bags are NOT allowed in the exam hall.
    *unless explicitly approved by the relevant academic staff member

What is an i-grade?

If you're facing a sudden crisis just before or during exams or final assessments that stops you from finishing? your tests, assignments, or placements, you might be eligible for an I-grade.

Am I entitled to apply for an i-grade? 

  • Sick or have a condition that seriously affected you during the exam.
  • Dealing with the death of someone important to you, like a family member or close friend, around the time of the exam.
  • Facing situations you couldn't control that made it impossible for you to attend the exam.
  • Dealing with pregnancy or issues related to it.
  • Anything else you think is similar to the reasons listed above, which the Incomplete (I) Grade Committee might consider.

How can I apply for an i-grade? 

You can apply through the I-Grade portal on UL‘s website!

If you're using UL professional services like the Chaplaincy, Counselling, or Health Centre and want to apply for an I-grade, you can:

  • Use the I-grade portal like usual to apply.
  • Let your professional know about your plan and ask them to keep it in mind as they may need to provide supporting info for you.

Once an i-Grade application is made, it cannot be withdrawn, regardless of what assessment work you may have done. Only completed applications will be considered.

Applications are open now and will close on Friday 24th May at 12pm!

Supporting evidence is required for all applications.

How does the i-grade system work? 

  • i-Grades are generally completed during the summer repeat period, unless instructed by a module leader.
  • i-Grades are not capped at a C3 grade like repeat exams
  • For graduating students, an i-Grade means you will not be able to graduate in August with your classmates as you will not have completed your degree yet
  • You can not get an i-Grade for an exam that you have already completed, or attempted.
  • If you enter an exam hall, you will no longer be able to get an i-Grade for that exam. However, if you do not complete the exam, you can apply for an I-Grade, with reason, until 12pm on May 24th.

When are results out? 

From the Academic calendar results are due to come out on June 21st. 

Is the Commuter Hub running during exams? 

The Commuter Hub will extend for an hour every day during the exams, which becomes the Exam Breakfast! The Exam Breakfast will run from 8-10am every day in the Courtyard meeting room, in the Student Life building. We will have hot tea,coffee, grab and go snacks and emergency calculators and pens should you forget yours! 

I still haven't found the answer to my question

For a full list of FAQ's and further information on exams, grading, fees etc. follow this Top Desk link. 

I need help or support?

If you need to speak to one of our team or get advice on your exams or igrades, you can speak to Shane and Nicole by booking a chat with them here.

Wishing you all the very best of luck!