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Results

Well done on getting through the last semester and your exams! Getting your results can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. If you ever have any questions about your results or what to do next you can always send us an email or book a virtual meeting with a Sabbat here: https://www.ucdsu.ie/book-online. In the meantime, this guide has been put together to answer the most common questions about exam results, appeals, repeats and GPA's. 

Results will be available on Friday 28th January 2022. You will receive an email at some point on the day containing a secure personalised link which will bring you directly to your results page. This is the only way in which you will be able to access your results on the day.  

  • If you think there is an error with the way your assessment was graded, reach out to the module coordinator and ask them to explain how they graded your assessment, errors can be flagged this way. You should also ask for feedback on the assessment. 

  • If you are going through anything at the moment that is affecting your ability to study, or something happens on the day of the exam put in an Extenuating circumstances application as soon as possible. 

If you still think there is an error in the grading process and your appeal falls under the two eligibility criteria then you can request to appeal the grade decision within 10 working days of your final result. You will be required to provide a personal statement as part of your application, explaining the grounds for appeal and providing evidence to support your case. If applicable, you may need to provide an original medical certificate.  

Your guide to exams

EXAM INFORMATION

Appeals

You can appeal your final grade on two grounds: 

1. Procedural Irregularity 

  • Evidence of an irregularity in the conduct of the assessment process. 

  • Improper conduct of assessment e.g., errors on the examination paper, unclear or misleading assessment instructions, or inappropriate assessment conditions. 

  • Deviation from published module assessment strategy and grading criteria. 

  • University regulations, policies and procedures were not adhered to. 

 2. Extenuating Circumstance 

  • If there were extenuating circumstances that your Programme Board was aware of but had rejected them because the application was late, and the Programme Board did not consider the reason the application was late to be valid. 

  • A prior circumstance emerged of which the Programme Board was not aware. 

For more information, visit www.ucd.ie/secca/assessmentappeals/  

What if I fail?

Repeat 

You can register to the module again when it is next offered.  

How? Register through the repeats/resists/transfers tab of the online registration process on SISWEB. 

Cost: €230 per module 

Resit 

If a repeat is not offered in the semester directly following you may have to take a resit.   
Register through the repeats/resists/transfers tab of the online registration process on SISWEB. To check whether your module offers a resit, use the course search facility on the UCD website to find your module and look at the “What Happens If I Fail” section of the module description. 

Cost: €180 per module 

GRADES / GPA VALUES

Grades/GPA Values 

  • A+ 4.2 

  • A 4.0 

  • A- 3.8 

  • B+ 3.6 

  • B 3.4 

  • B- 3.2 

  • C+ 3.0 

  • C 2.8 

  • C- 2.6 

  • D+ 2.4 

  • D 2.2 

  • D- 2.0 

  • E 1.6* 

  • F 1.0 

  • G 0.4 

  • NG 0.0 

Modular Grades Explained: 

*Anything under a grade point average value of 2.0 is a failing grade. 

GPA Greater to or equal to 3.68 1st Class Honours (1:1) 

From 3.08 to 3.67 inclusive 2nd Class Honours, Grade 1 (2:1) 

From 2.48 to 3.07 inclusive 2nd Class Honours, Grade 2 (2:2) 

From 2.00 to 2.47 inclusive Pass 

A Semester GPA will be automatically calculated for you at the end of each semester for the modules taken in that semester. You can view a breakdown of your results if you click into the module SISWEB when viewing your results. This will provide you with a breakdown of the grade you scored in each assessment component of the module. 

Save or print your grades as soon as possible because they will disappear. 

SU Supports

Virtual Exam Supports 

If you need advice about exams, extenuating circumstances, repeats, resists or any academic or welfare issue throughout the exam period, your SU are here to support you. You can book an online meeting with a Sabbatical Officer on www.ucdsu.ie/sabbatical-officers

Study Spaces on Campus 

UCD have set up bookable study spaces you can use for your exam and for studying. Use this link for the Booking Page: https://ucd.libcal.com/r   

You can currently book a space in: 

  • James Joyce Library   

  • Rendezvous 2  

  • Clinton Auditorium (1st Floor)  

  • L107 James Joyce Library Building  

  • Building 71  

  • UCD Student Centre  

 

More spaces will be added to the booking page in the run-up to exams.

 

Doing your exam at home? Plan the day before: 

  • Where you are going to set up for the period of the exam. 

  • Make sure to let your family or housemates know you have an exam, so they know not to disturb you. 

  • Test your Wi-Fi works from where you plan to set up. 

  • Ensure you have all the stationary you may need.  

  • Turn your phone off while taking your exam, so you don't have any unwanted distractions.  

Doing your exam on campus? Plan the following: 

  • What buses/trains will bring you in. Remember there is reduced capacity so leave plenty of time for travel.  

  • Book a study space well in advance as the slots book up fast. 

  • Ensure you are set up at your study space at least 30 minutes in advance of your exam beginning, to allow for any issues which may arise.  

 

Looking after yourself before, during and after exams 

Please remember that exams are not the be all end all and the SU is here to support you in any way we can. 

If you notice that you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break. Breathe, eat, rest. 

You can reach out to the SU Welfare Officer, Ruairí, at any time for a chat or advice on ruairi.power@ucdsu.ie  

Your Student Adviser can also support you through a personal or academic crisis. You can find your Student Adviser here: www.ucd.ie/studentadvisers/about/staffprofiles/  

In-Person Exams & COVID

Where can I get antigen tests?


The UCDSU shop in the James Joyce Library building sells rapid antigen tests for €1 (capped at 3 per transaction).




What happens if I get COVID?


If you test positive for COVID please stay at home and do not come onto campus or attend your in-person exam. Email your module coordinator for any exams you may miss and then apply for extenuating circumstances through your SISWeb. The University has placed a temporary change into the Academic Regulations which allows for those who cannot attend their exams due to COVID this December to sit an alternative online assessment in January before the start of trimester 2*. You will be able to self-certify when applying for COVID specific extenuating circumstances, but you will be asked where possible to provide evidence, such as your PCR test results. The deadline for Extenuating Circumstances is Tuesday the 4th of January. You should apply for extenuating circumstances as soon as possible.




What should I do if I suspect I have COVID?


If you think you may have COVID you should follow the same process as if you had COVID. You should not come onto campus or take any in person exam. Email your module coordinator of any exams you may miss and apply for extenuating circumstances. You will be able to sit the alternative online assessments in January also. Again, you will be allowed self-certify but you may be asked for proof if you have it. If you go to get a PCR test and it comes back negative, you will not be penalized for this in your application. The deadline for Extenuating Circumstances is Tuesday the 4th of January. You should apply for extenuating circumstances as soon as possible.




What happens if I am told to isolate or that I am a close contact by the HSE?


If you are told to isolate by the HSE or that you are a close contact and you need to go, get tested then you should not come onto campus or take any in person exam. Email your module coordinator of any exams you may miss and apply for extenuating circumstances on SISWeb. You will be able to sit the alternative online assessments in January also. Again, you will be allowed self-certify but you may be asked for proof if you have it. If you go to get a PCR test and it comes back negative, you will not be penalized for this in your application. The deadline for Extenuating Circumstances is Tuesday the 4th of January. You should apply for extenuating circumstances as soon as possible.




I am high risk, or I have a family member/live with someone who is high risk, what do I do?


If you are unable to attend in person exams due to the rising case numbers as you yourself or someone you live with is high risk, you can apply for extenuating circumstances this trimester. You will be able to sit the alternative online assessments in January also. Again, this is self-certification, but you may be asked to present proof if you have it. Email your module coordinator for any exams you may miss and apply for extenuating circumstances on SISWeb. The deadline for Extenuating Circumstances is Tuesday the 4th of January. You should apply for extenuating circumstances as soon as possible. If you have had any contact with your Student Advisor or your School/College about this during the trimester you should include this in your application.




I am incredibly anxious about COVID, and I am nervous about attending in person exams, what do I do?


If you feel you cannot attend your in-person exams due to COVID due to the perceived risk of infection, then you can apply for extenuating circumstances for this trimester’s exams. You will then sit the alternative online assessment in January before the start of trimester two. Again, this is self-certification, but you may be asked to present proof if you have it. Email your module coordinator for any exams you may miss and apply for extenuating circumstances on SISWeb. The deadline for Extenuating Circumstances is Tuesday the 4th of January. You should apply for extenuating circumstances as soon as possible. If you have had any contact with your Student Advisor or your School/College about this during the trimester you should include this in your application.




What happens if someone in my exam hall is coughing repeatedly or appears to be sick?


There will be isolation rooms set up in the different exam halls. If the invigilators suspect that someone has COVID they will ask the student to leave the exam hall and the will be moved to an isolation room. If you are feeling unwell in an exam and suspect it may be COVID please inform an invigilator immediately.




What happens if I feel unwell but it’s not COVID or something happens to me in the exam hall?


There are nurses and paramedics on sight during exams. If something happens please inform an invigilator and ask them can you see a medical professional onsite.




I don’t have COVID but think I need to apply for extenuating circumstances, what do I do?


The first think you should do is reach the UCD Extenuating Circumstances Policy Student Guide (this guide does not mention COVID) and the UCD Current Students Webpage. You apply for extenuating circumstances on SISWeb. In this guide outlines what may cause a student to apply for extenuating circumstances and outlines the process to you. Remember that the policy is vague at some points to allow for a certain level of flexibility. If you need any advice or have any questions about the policy you can contact your Student Advisor, you can also reach out to the SU (welfare@ucdsu.ie, education@ucdsu.ie, and graduate@ucdsu.ie) but the SU is not a UCD student support professional like the Student Advisors are. There are two different things you can ask for when applying for extenuating circumstances, the first is that the situation you are experiencing is taken into consideration when you are being examined and the second is asking for permission to retake/redo outstanding component/s of your modules assessment strategy at a later date without penalty. If you are granted the extenuating circumstances, you will be given an IX grade when results are released.




Will the RDS look different due to COVID?


Yes, this year when you arrive at the RDS (make sure to look for yellow signs with the UCD logo to find your way) you will be asked to queue up outside the hall. Make sure to keep your distance from those around you and wear your mask. You will be able to access the exam hall and take your seat half an hour before your exam begins. You will have to present your UCard to Exam Helpers outside before being let into the hall (you will be asked to briefly remove your mask for this). You will be able to use the (free) cloakroom or the bathroom while walking to the exam hall. You must wear your mask throughout your exam. There will be hand sanitiser available to use and you will be given an antibacterial wipe before and after your exam to wipe your desk and seat down. Make sure to always follow the directions of the Exam Helpers and Invigilators. Keep an eye on our social media accounts as we will be putting videos up which show you how to get to the RDS from UCD and how it will look this year.




Will the RDS be cold?


The RDS is always a cold place during the Christmas exams, however, as ventilation plays a major role in COVID safety precautions the exam hall is likely to be colder this year, make sure to layer up and keep your jacket on.




Will the SU be running their exam buses to the RDS?


Yes, the SU will be providing free buses to the RDS from the Bus Depot at the top of campus near Centra. You will need to book ahead via Eventbrite (BOOK here) for the journey to the RDS but not for the journey back. If you miss your booking, you may not be facilitated on a later bus due to capacity issues. Unfortunately, not all sittings will have a corresponding bus. If you have any questions about this, you can email education@ucdsu.ie.




Will UCDSU be offering exam supports at the RDS?


Unfortunately, the SU will not be in the RDS this exam season. We will have posters up with contact details if you need it. However, we will still be offering supports from our office, the Newman building and from beside our buses.




Will the Newman exam centre look any different?


Similar to the RDS you will be allowed into your exam room 30 minutes before the start of the exam. When you arrive in Newman you can proceed to room A106 to be given your room number. You will be asked to present you UCard at A106 (and will be asked to remove your mark briefly for this). You must keep your mask on for the duration of your exam. There will be hand sanitiser available to use and you will be given an antibacterial wipe before and after your exam to wipe your desk and seat down. Make sure to always follow the directions of the Exam Helpers and Invigilators.




Will Newman be cold?


The windows in your exam room may need to be opened for ventilation purposes so you should layer up and wear your jacket in the exam hall.




Will UCDSU be offering exam supports in Newman?


Yes, UCDSU will be in Newman to offer exam supports, however, we will more than likely be based on the ground floor in Newman and not on the first floor as we would have traditionally been.




My exam is in Blackrock, how will this look?


You will also be allowed enter your exam hall 30 minutes before the exam begins. You will have your UCard checked before entering the exam hall (you will be asked to remove your mask briefly for this). You must keep your mask on for the duration of your exam. After this you should proceed straight to your desk, you will be permitted to use the free cloakroom or the toilets. Make sure to sanitise your hands as you go. You will be given an antibacterial wipe to wipe down your desk and seat before and after your exam. Make sure to always follow the directions of the Exam Helpers and Invigilators.




Will the Blackrock exam hall be cold?


As ventilation plays a major role in COVID safety precautions the exam hall is likely to be cold this year, make sure to layer up and keep your jacket on.




I don’t do well in noisy environments when I am doing an exam, can I wear earplugs?


Yes, if you need them to concentrate you can wear non-electronic earplugs during the exam if you wish.




Can you give me a checklist of things I need to bring with me to my in-person exams?


Yes of course we can!

  • Your UCard (if you do not present this you will receive a €50 fine!)
  • A mask (and a spare one!) *
  • Pens/Pencils*.
  • Nonelectronic earplugs (if you need them) *.
  • Jacket/Scarf/Hat.
  • Calculator * or Dictionary if you are permitted to have these.
  • A bottle of water (but you must remove any labels).
  • Your own bottle of hand sanitiser.

* If you forget these items, you can ask the exam helpers or your invigilators for one. They will have a limited supply of calculators. They will also have a limited number of masks in the RDS, UCDSU will have some disposable masks available at their office and in Newman and at our Buses or you can apply for a free pack of masks from Estates using this form.




What about my phone?


All mobile phones must be fully switched off in the exam hall. Your phone being on airplane mode or on silent is not sufficient. If you attempt to use your mobile phone or any electronic device in the Exam Hall – including having the device turned on – this is a major breach of the Exam Regulations and serious disciplinary action will apply. You can leave your phone with your bag in the cloakroom, but everything left in the cloakroom is done so at the students own risk or you can place your switched off mobile phone face down under your desk. You cannot take any items with you to the toilet during the exam.




My question isn't answered here - where can I find out more?


If you have any further questions please check out UCD Assessments FAQs and if you still cannot find the answer you can email education@ucdsu.ie.





Online Exams & COVID

I have COVID and I am too unwell to sit my online exams, can I apply for extenuating circumstances? *


Yes, if you have COVID and are too sick to sit your online exam you can apply for extenuating circumstances and can then sit the alternative online assessment in January before the start of trimester two. Again, this is self-certification, but you may be asked to present proof if you have it. Email your module coordinator for any exams you may miss and apply for extenuating circumstances on SISWeb. The deadline for Extenuating Circumstances is Tuesday the 4th of January. You should apply for extenuating circumstances as soon as possible.

* If you have COVID or are told to isolate and are somewhere, where you cannot properly sit an online exam (e.g., have no internet connection) you can also apply for extenuating circumstances.




Can you tell me more?


Yes, we will have more here soon. In the meantime check out UCD Assessments FAQs





General Exam Questions

FAQs for General Exam Queries coming soon






UCD Assessments FAQs are the most up to date source of information on Trimester 1 Exams 2021, their FAQs will be updated more frequently than ours and if you are unsure, you should check Assessments FAQs always. Make sure to read any emails you receive from the Registrar and Assessment carefully.