10 fast-facts about exams

The Semester 2, 2019 exam timetables are available online via the Exam timetable web-page.

1. When and where are exams held?

When: The Semester 2, 2019 examination period runs from Friday 1 – Thursday 21 November 2019.

Where: The location of each of your exams will be included in your timetable. Some of the locations will be different from your lectures and classes so make sure you know where they are in advance. (Download the MyLaTrobe app and use Campus Maps to find those obscure campus spots).

2. Do I have an exam for my subject?

It may seem like a silly question, but not all subjects have exams and you may want to double check so you don’t sell yourself short. Some subjects have exams as part of their assessment requirements and some don’t. You can work out if your subject has an exam by checking the assessment criteria in the Subject Search Database. You can also check your Subject Learning Guides via the Learning Management System (LMS). If you have an exam, the Learning Guide will tell you the exam format and what percentage of your mark the exam will comprise.

3. I have a disability/ongoing physical or mental health issue what support is available during exams?

If you have a disability/ongoing physical or mental health issue, register with Equity and Diversity as early as possible. Equity and Diversity can create a Learning Access Plan (LAP) for you, discuss your support options and make plans with the examinations team on your behalf.

Alternative exam arrangements (AEA) – requests must be organised at least two weeks before the exam period starts.

4. Where can I get study tips?

Want some tips for studying for an exam and answering specific types of exam questions, the Peer Learning Advisers (PLAs) are available to provide academic support. PLAs are high-performing students who have been carefully selected to help you with your study and assignments. They are friendly and eager for you to drop-in to The Learning Hub for a chat.

5. I’m really stressed out where can I get support?

If your study and exam preparation is causing you added stress and affecting your well-being, our counselling service is a free confidential service that is there to help you. We offer a range of services catering to different needs.

6. What are the rules for exams?

It’s definitely worth familiarising yourself with the exam rules – including bringing your student ID card, what else you need to bring and your expected behaviour during the examination.

7. What happens on the day of the exam?

When you arrive your seat number will be listed by student ID outside the exam venue. Find the subject code of your exam to locate your student ID and seat number. You can check approximately 30 minutes before the start of your exam.

Make sure you arrive on time. If you’re running late/miss the exam – you won’t be allowed to sit the exam if you are more than 30 minutes late from the start of writing time. Be aware that you will not get any extra time if you arrive late to the exam.

If you miss your exam entirely contact your subject/instance coordinator by email immediately. If you believe the reason you have missed your exam is grounds for special consideration, complete the online application form no more than three working days from the exam.

8. What can I bring into an exam?

What to bring: remember to bring your writing materials (pens etc.) and your student ID card for identification by the supervisors in the exam. You can also bring other items listed in the exam rules and allowable materials list.

What NOT to bring: smartwatches or other items not on the allowable materials list.

9. Two of my exams are on at the same time – what do I do?

Sometimes exam clashes occur when two exams are scheduled at the same time. If this happens, you’ll be contacted by the Examinations Office two weeks before your exam to make alternative exam arrangements.

10. I’ve got a question that’s not included here?

Have more questions? ASK La Trobe: Exam FAQs