Examination Environment Expectations

Arrival for Examination

  • Exams will have check-in times and start times. Students are expected to arrive by the check-in time to facilitate a timely start to the exam.
  • Students who arrive after the actual exam start time will NOT be allowed to take the exam.

During the Examination

  • Items allowed at your seat during examinations
    • Green laminated sheet/dry erase pen (for NBME exams)
    • Blank scratch paper/pen/pencil (for non-NBME exams)
    • Soft foam earplugs
  • Items NOT ALLOWED at your seat during examinations
    • Cell phones
    • iPads/tablets (unless using for testing)
    • iPods/media devices
    • Watches with alarms, computer, or memory capability
    • Calculators
    • Paging devices
    • Noise-canceling headphones
    • Recording/filming devices
    • Reference materials (book, notes, papers)
    • Backpacks, briefcases, luggage
    • Coats, outer jackets, headwear (religious headwear is allowed)
    • Beverages or food of any type
  • No questions or requests for clarification of exam items are permitted during the examination. If you feel there is a problem with a particular question, answer it to the best of your ability. You can also notify a proctor about the problem, and he/she can report it to the appropriate testing authority.
  • Technical Difficulties: If you encounter technical problems during an exam, raise your hand and notify a proctor immediately.
  • Students may not leave the testing area during the examination, except to go to the restroom.
    • Only one student will be allowed to go to the bathroom at any given time.
    • For NBME exams, students must be accompanied to/from the bathroom by a proctor.
    • Students should not be absent for more than 5 minutes.
  • If a student begins an examination and does not complete it for any reason, their exam will still be scored and applied toward their grade.
  • Irregular Behavior
    • Students seen to engage in any of the following behaviors will be noted and reported to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs:
      • Disrupting testing conditions of other students
      • Copying answers from another student
      • Allowing answers to be copied by another student
      • Receiving or providing unauthorized information about the examination content
      • Using notes during the examination
      • Writing on the green laminated sheets/scratch paper prior to starting the exam
      • Making notes on anything besides the green laminated sheets/scratch paper
      • Removal of green laminated sheets/scratch paper from the testing room
      • Continuing to work after time is called by the proctor

Rescheduling of Examinations

  • The final decision regarding whether a student may or may not reschedule the examination rests with the Clerkship Director.
  • If a student needs to reschedule an examination for any reason, the student should contact the Clerkship Administrator and/or Clerkship Director prior to the start of the exam, if possible.
  • If a student is approved to take their examination on an alternate date, the student is responsible for contacting the Clerkship Administrator (and Regional Administrator if outside Western WA) to schedule the alternate date/time.

Exam Accommodations

  • Students who have a letter of accommodation from Disability Resources for Students (DRS) at UW can receive accommodations for examinations. Exam accommodations must be requested from the Department as early as possible.