Guidelines for Semester Exams - Students

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These guidelines are intended to assist students in preparing for and taking your semester exams. They also clarify expectations particular to semester exams.


The purpose of semester exams is to assess student learning over the period of half of an academic year. 


During the final days of the semester, teachers will normally conduct a review in order to assist you in preparing for exams. This review will inform you of what areas in the course will especially be included in the exam. The review will also tell you about the exam format, exam directions, what type of questions you can expect, and what you may and may not bring with you to the exam.


It is important to study for any exam. Studying includes rereading portions of your textbook; examining any notes you have taken; and reviewing past tests, quizzes, and assignments. Some of you might find it helpful to discuss course material with classmates. Of course, your teachers are available to help you with your studying. Ideally, studying is done throughout the course, not just a few days before your semester exam. “Cramming,” the limiting of intense study to days, even hours, before a test, can be confusing and counterproductive. For most students, it is more valuable to get a good night’s sleep before a major exam than to spend it trying to cram. 

Exam Passes

It is the school’s policy that students may not take exams until all tuition, fee, library, equipment, and other obligations are fulfilled. If all tuition and fee payments are current, and all library books, athletic equipment, and band instruments are returned; you will receive an exam pass from the business office. You must show that pass to the proctor in order to take your exams.

Dress Code

Dress code for the exams is the same as for a regular school day. Polo shirts and Aloha wear okay in May.


If you are not scheduled for a particular exam, please do not come to the campus. If your being on campus is not avoidable please remain in the picnic-table area or some other area supervised by a coach or teacher. In order to minimize noise and distractions for your fellow students during exams, do not go to your locker or to the area around the classrooms while exams are in session.


The break after the 8:00 exam is to give you the opportunity to relax before the next exam. You may choose to study during that time, but it may be more productive to rest and socialize. The kitchen will have food available during the break. If you are scheduled for both an 8:00 and a 10:00 exam, you may not leave campus during the break. If you are scheduled for an 8:00 exam but not a 10:00 exam, you may remain on campus during the break, but if you leave, you may not return. Therefore, if you need to be on campus for a later ride or for a later meeting or practice, you must remain on campus.


Since the purpose of semester exams is to assess student learning, any form of cheating seriously compromises that assessment and is therefore a serious offense. The following behaviors are considered cheating:

  • Obtaining, reading, sharing, or using a copy of an exam before its scheduled administration.
  •  Looking at unauthorized notes or study guides during the exam.
  • Looking at another’s exam during the exam.
  • Sharing answers during an exam.

Other behaviors, while they may not be cheating, raise suspicions and therefore may have the same consequences as cheating. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Talking during an exam.
  • Looking around during an exam.
  • Having access to cell phones, class notes, or class study guides.

Students caught cheating or committing behaviors that may be regarded as cheating are subject to a zero on the test, multiple detentions, suspension, and disciplinary probation.

Students must remain silent and seated until all exams are collected and the proctor dismisses you.

Duration of Exams

The exam periods are one hour and fifteen minutes in length. You are to remain in the exam room for the entire exam period so plan to use the bathroom facilities before the exam. If you finish early, turn the exam over and sit quietly. Remain silent and seated until all exams are collected and the proctor dismisses you.  

Bell Schedule

During the days of exams, bells ring on the following schedule: 7:55 – Indication for students to go to first period exam room 8:00 – Beginning of first exam period 9:15 – End of first exam period and beginning of break 9:55 – Indication for students to go to second period exam room 10:00 – Beginning of second exam period 11:15 – End of second exam period.


Good luck on your exams! Study but don’t cram; get help from your teachers if you need it; help keep an academic atmosphere around school during exams.