Teaching and Examinations


To download the full list please visit this webpage.


You can download a PDF of the 2017 Main Exam Period Timetable here and the Student Registry Exam Information webpages will provide further information. 

  • You will receive an ‘Examination Confirmation Form’ (ECF) printed on yellow paper at the start of the Easter term. They are sent in hard copy to the College for distribution to individual student pigeonholes.  An ECF comprises a one page yellow form with text on both sides and it should be kept in a safe place as soon as you receive it.  It must be taken with you to all examinations as it confirms your individual candidate number which you must include on each cover sheet.  You can also view your exam timetable via your CamSIS self-service page but please be aware that your candidate number is not shown in CamSIS, it is only available on the hardcopy of the ECF.  The ECF also contains important information at the back which you should read carefully. Should you lose your ECF please don't worry,  just let the Tutorial Office know as soon as possible.  We can produce a new one for you to collect.
  • Exam timetables are published online and a link can be found below. They can also be accessed via a link on your CamSIS Self Service page ahead of the publication of your ECF.
  • If you find that you have a clash of papers, you should alert your Tutor and Director of Studies as soon as possible.
  • Familiarise yourself with the examination venue locations.  The University map can be found here.
  • Review the Practical Instructions on sitting examinations at the Cambridge Student webpage, which should answer most questions about exams.
  • Please remember that your writing instruments must be in a clear case and all mobiles, etc. should be left in College and not taken into exam rooms. You may take a drink in a small bottle (not carbonated) with screw cap into exams.
  • Please note that the "Rules for the Guidance of Candidates and for the Prevention of Misconduct in Examinations" prevent items such as smart watches and associated hardware such as earpieces being taken into examinations at any venue. The full list of relevant Proctorial Notices are available to view below. 
  • It is your responsibility to check the location of your exams and to get yourself to the exam room in time .Approximately 20 minutes before the advertised start time is the advice so that you can check the seating plan to find out where you are sitting, ready for the start of the exam.
  • Please note, that if you do arrive late, you will only be allowed to enter if you arrive within 30 minutes of the start of the exam and you will finish at the same time as all the other candidates taking that paper, no extra time is allowed.
  • The Board of Examinations no longer informs colleges in the first 30 minutes that a candidate has failed to arrive for an exam.
  • Consider students who may be in adjacent rooms or venues that are still being examined and would not want to be interrupted by noise.
  • ​Post Exam Exuberance: the University is adopting a much stricter approach regarding exam celebrations on public streets following increased complaints from members of the public. The throwing of food or any other materials that make a mess will not be tolerated and the University Proctors and Constables may take the names of any students caught doing so and disciplinary action may follow.
  • If there have been problems with the process of your exams, you are reminded to inform your Tutor as soon as possible after the exam. Any appeals about the conduct of exams must be made within three days of the last exam.
  • Examination Venues: Please be aware that in some exam venues more than one room is used for your examination cohort.  In order to establish which of the rooms within a venue your desk is situated in please arrive with sufficient time to check the seating plans carefully. This should avoid undue anxiety at what is already a stressful time.  In addition to your ECF you must also bring your University I.D. card with you.  Pens and other writing materials should be brought into the venue in a plastic transparent pencil case or in a clear plastic bag.   Please click here for  information on what you are permitted to bring into the venue on the day of examinations, along with other relevant information.
  • Use of the University Sports Hall: The majority of University exam venues are centrally located and you can find details here, but from 2014 the new University Sports Hall was brought into use as an exam venue and we expect more extensive use of it in future years.  This venue is on the West Cambridge site near the Cavendish Laboratory and we strongly advise any student unfamiliar with this part of Cambridge and who has an exam scheduled in the Sports Hall to time your walk from the College to this venue in advance of your examination: it may be further than you think.  We also advise that even if you are cycling you should leave early enough to walk there instead just in case of a bicyle mishap - they can happen and at the very worst of times!  For directions to the University Sports Centre please click here.
  • Use of calculators in examinations: Please be aware that there are very strict and prescribed University rules about the type and model of calculator you are allowed to use in both undergraduate and graduate examinations.   In addition all calculators used must be stamped as approved by the University.  You can purchase a pre-approved calculator or there are a number of locations throughout the various Faculties and Departments where students can submit their own calculator to be marked/stamped as approved.    Every October the Student Registry sets out clear guidelines in the University Reporter regarding the use of calculators in examinations for the current academic year which the College has transcribed into a PDF for student reference.  Please download a copy here and ensure you are fully familiar with the regulations.
  • Proctorial Notices: Every year, the Proctors, who are senior officers of the University, produce a number of Proctorial Notices, which are required to be displayed in Faculties, Departments, Colleges, and other University premises.  You should ensure you are familiar with the contents of these four specific Proctorial Notices prior to your examinations.


Shortly after Easter Term starts the College enters what is known as 'Quiet Period' and this continues up until the last day of term.  In 2017 the dates are Monday 1 May to Friday 16 June 2017 inclusive.  A number of College rooms are made available for revision study and there are curtailments on social and dining events in College during this period.  Every student will receive to their pigeon hole prior to the start date a copy of the Quiet Period arrangements from the Senior Tutor.  This document should be kept for reference as it will include the location of study spaces around College along with other information such as their opening/closing times and their rules of use, etc.


Your Director of Studies is always available to help you with any aspect of your studies or academic workload, and you should contact him or her if you have any questions or need advice.  He or she also arranges your close teaching in College so if you are having any problems with your supervisions you should contact your Director of Studies as soon as possible.  

The College can also arrange extra help with study skills if you feel this would help, such as time management or essay writing.  Dr Tom Monie, Fellow, is the Study Skills Coordinator for the College and can be contacted at studyskills@christs.cam.ac.uk. 

There is also an external Academic Skills Lector, Rupert Brown, who is available to meet with students on a one-to-one basis.  Past experience with students who have taken up the offer of extra support from the College is that quite often only one or two sessions are needed to put your work back on track.  Your Tutor can arrange this help so please visit him or her to discuss any concerns.

In addition at the end of each term as part of the preparation for your individual Tutor meeting you will be asked to give an assessment of both your own academic progress and your supervisors' performance, so this is another opportunity to raise any issues you may have.

Overall it is far better if any teaching or academic issues are addressed as early in the academic year cycle as possible and the College's teaching staff are always willing to provide any support you feel might help if you approach them.   In the past we have found some students try to keep their academic related worries to themselves until what starts off as a small problem becomes a very large one in the end, sometimes simply because the greater part of the academic year has passed before support is sought.  The College can only recommend that you do not try to cope on your own but come and talk to us instead.   JCR Welfare can also advise you.  There is plenty of help if you need it.    See our Welfare and Support page for further guidance.


Quick links where available to past examination papers are provided below (if the link takes you to CamTOOLS log-in page, this means online access to your subject's past examination papers is available only via CamTOOLS).


There is a wide range of resources available to students to assist with academic study and we outline a number of them below.  The link to the relevant webpage is contained in the section header.

NB: Students taking courses with a strong mathematical content may find these resources useful: Maths Online Skills Portal , Statistics Tutorial, and Maths Study Skills Guide.

University of Cambridge Skills Portal
The Cambridge University Skills Portal provides information on the skills and behavioural attributes individuals might like to develop and lists training and development opportunities available across the University together with links to useful resources outside the University.

Academic or Transferable Skills by Subject
Each department has written a statement about the skills that students studying their subject can be expected to develop.  Many Tripos courses contain inbuilt skills development programmes. These programmes (often in the form of short courses, seminars or workshops) are usually focussed on helping you with your academic studies (e.g. technical/lab or report writing skills), but many will also be of relevance to your broader personal development. Some links require Raven approved access.

Study Skills and Academic Writing
The Transkills Project works with academic staff and students to facilitate the transition of first year undergraduates from their previous learning experiences to study at university. Through discipline-specific workshops and online resources, the project seeks to enable students to take full advantage of the educational opportunities provided during their first year.

Maths Skills
As all as maths resources for all students this section provides a set of mathematical-science problems devoted to exploring the richness of the vital mathematical ideas underlying science, technology and engineering in thoroughly physical, relevant and engaging contexts.

CUSU Study Help and Advice
CUSU has listed possible contacts for support and links to general advice and skills resources offered by colleges, the University and the NUS, as well as library training links

Maintained by Jo Taylor | Last updated Mon, 1 May 2017 - 3:14pm