If you have further questions, you can try the Exams and Feedback FAQs.
The Physics student handbook has some information about rule and regulations for examinations.
UG Examinations tabs
- Exam Stress Workshop
- Registry Examinations Information - This provides full details and a number of links, including appeals.
- Registry Examination Instructions
- Registry Resit Regulations
- The calculator supplied for use in examinations is the Casio FX-83GT Plus. Please note that from 1 January 2014, the old model previously provided, the Casio fx-83ES, will no longer be used. Read a guide on how to use the fx-83GT Plus. Demonstration models of the FX-83GT Plus are available to use at the Undergraduate Office.
- Please do not use red or green pens on your exam scripts. These colours are used by the markers.
- Blackett Formula Sheet
- Registry Special Examination Arrangements Details & Policy
- Exam Histograms (2013-onwards)
- Scaling document
Past Exam Papers
All Exam Papers
The papers provided here are up to date as of the relevant examination that candidates sat in April/May/June. If any corrections were made to the paper during the examination, where possible the corrected paper is provided. If later revisions of the examination papers are received, the date of upload will be noted next to the relevant paper.
Past Comprehensive Papers
Our Comprehensive Papers have a long tradition in the Physics Department, being the main method by which students are tested on their grasp of how to apply the few laws of physics in mostly unfamiliar situations. Being a test of ‘thinking on your feet’, the Comprehensives are highly valued by employers and research groups, so a good result is sure to give tutors something to shout about in writing references! By their nature, they are quite difficult, and the only route to success is practice, practice, practice. I know what I’m talking about – I had to do them myself some years ago! To help you on your way, we have compiled a complete archive of recent Comprehensive Papers for you to try for yourself. Some papers have model solutions so you can see the style and detail of solution expected.
Martin McCall [11.04.13]
- Dr Jonathan Eastwood's Advice for the Comprehensive Exam
- Comps Exam Feedback Report 2019
- Comps Exam Feedback Report 2018
- Comps Exam Feedback Report 2017
- Comps Exam Feedback Report 2016
- Comps Exam Feedback Report 2015 [updated]
- Exam report 2014 for Comps I and II
- Exam report for 2013 Comp I and 2013 Comp II
- Exam report for 2012 Comp I and 2012 Comp II
- Exam report 2011 for Comps I and II
- Exam report 2010 for Comps I and II
Corrigenda for Comprehensive Papers [Updated 03.12.08]
For further infomation on Comprehensive Papers contact Prof Martin McCall
Model Solutions & Exam Feedback
MODEL SOLUTIONS TO EXAMINATION QUESTIONS
These model answers are provided as a guide to students as to what is expected in a good solution to an examination question. Due to the process by which they have been compiled it is unavoidable that there will be a few cases for which the model answer given here does not match the question asked in the final form of the examination paper.
We don't have control over the exams run by other departments (e.g. Computational Neuroscience is organised by Bioengineering) and as a result you might find that we don't have solutions for some papers. Other missing solutions could be due to being unable to find them or lecturers requesting that they are removed. We only host the last 3 sets of model answers.
REAL EXAMPLES OF EXAMINATION BOOKLETS - examples of real student attempts to answer questions in exam conditions. All examples are from 2004. All files are PDF.
Most examination enquiries can be answered using the materials on the Physics webpages, however, if you have further questions please see the list of contacts below:
General examinations enquiries should be directed to the Examinations and Information Officer, Victor Urubusi
Phone: 020 7594 7508
Office: 313A, Blackett Laboratory
During the examinations season, if you have an urgent enquiry (for example, on the day of an exam you arrive in College and are unsure where the exam is taking place) and the Examinations and Information Officer is not available, please contact the Undergraduate Office:
Office: 317, Blackett Laboratory
Phone: 020 7594 7510 / 020 7594 7511
For enquiries about study support, mitigating circumstances and other welfare issues, contact the Senior Tutor, Dr Ingo Mueller-Wodarg:
Phone: 020 7594 7524
Office: 308, Blackett Laboratory
For enquiries about special examination arrangements, contact Mery Fajardo:
Phone: 020 7594 7513
Office: 306, Blackett Laboratory
For the Examinations Timetable, please see the 'Timetables' section of the Physics website.
Candidates who have confirmed Special Arrangement provisions and have been assigned an individual room will be contacted via email to confirm their examination venues.
- File: Candidate Guidance
Description: This document provides a helpful summary of how to complete the processes at the exam venues. It includes details on the use of the examination labels and seating plans. Please familiarise yourself with the contents of this document.