Guidelines to sitting your exam

Information about exam delivery, rules, changing exam times and frequently asked questions.

Your exams will be delivered in one of three ways:

  • Face-to-face (paper or computer lab)
  • Online - unsupervised
  • Online - supervised

Each of these delivery modes are different and it is essential that you understand which form/s your exams will take.

Face-to-face exams are held at a time, date and location as specified on the Final Assessment timetable. These may be a written paper exam or an online exam in a computer lab on campus.

What to bring to your exam

You must bring your Student ID card or other form of photo ID (Australian government issued photo ID or your passport) with you to every exam. It must be written in English and displayed on your desk for the whole exam.

You can bring all standard stationery (e.g. writing instruments, an unmarked eraser and an unmarked ruler), a clear bottle of water with no labels, and the allowable materials [PDF 114KB] specific to your exam.

Mobile phones and smartwatches must be switched off before entering the exam venue and placed in a bag under your chair. Wristwatches must be placed on your desk.

Eating, or drinking (hot beverages) during your exam.

When you arrive

Seat numbers will be detailed on the list outside the exam venue.

Exam staff will provide instructions once you are permitted to enter the exam venue.

During your exam

Follow all instructions given by exam staff.

Your student ID should be placed on the desk facing up. Exam staff will check your student ID during the exam.

Talking is not permitted within the exam venue unless to speak with a supervisor. You must not disrupt or distract others.

You will not be permitted to enter an exam venue later than 30 minutes after the exam has commenced. Please note that extra time will not be granted if you do not present for an examination at the correct time and place.

After your exam

You will not be permitted to leave the exam venue within the first 30 minutes of the start time of the exam or within the last 15 minutes of the exam.

Exam materials must not be removed from the exam venue. This includes exam papers, script books, multiple choice answer sheets and other supplied materials.

If you feel unwell during the exam or feel that your performance was affected in any way, check if you are eligible for Special Consideration.

Full details of your assessment task will be available on your subject LMS site. It includes specific instructions from your Subject Coordinator and an indication of how long the assessment task should take you to complete. It is important that you read the details for each of your subjects on the LMS site.

Supervised online exams are delivered online using an LMS-based system in conjunction with the Proview proctoring tool and are supervised remotely.

You can sit your supervised online exam at home in a quiet, private room.

You are not required to come to campus for supervised online exams.

Full details of your online supervised exam will be available on the subject LMS site, including specific instructions from your Subject Coordinator and an indication of how long the assessment should take to complete. It is important that you read and understand these details.

For further information, refer to Supervised online exams.

How will my Alternative Assessment Schedule (AAS) be accommodated?

If you have a Learning Access Plan (LAP), the normal arrangements will apply.

The exam team will accommodate your requirements and confirm your arrangements two weeks before the start of the final assessment period.

Please contact AccessAbility and Inclusion if you have any questions about your LAP or need further assistance with your studies.

Visit the AAS website to check your eligibility and submit a request if you’re eligible.

Your Subject Coordinator will make sure you’re allowed the provisions stated in your LAP for each appropriate assessment task.

Alternative Assessment Schedules for supervised online exams will be managed by the exams team, along with your Subject Coordinator. We will ensure your supervised online exam set-up caters to your provisions and extra time is allowed where required.

Academic Integrity

It is the University's responsibility to award credit for honestly conducted work, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you demonstrate academic integrity. If you are found in possession of unauthorised material during an exam or be found to have committed an alleged academic misconduct, you could face disciplinary action.

Academic Integrity

Preparing for your exams

Tips & Tricks

We have a range of support services available to students to help you prepare and remain relaxed in the lead up to exams.

  • The Learning Hub offer help with assessments and study from PLAs and expert staff
  • Student learning can also help to improve your study skills and assist with assignments.
  • Peer Learning Advisers (PLAs) are experienced and successful students trained to assist you with preparing and writing assignments.
  • Career Ready can help to plan for your career and explore the range of options available based on the course of your study.
  • Drop in or call the University’s Wellbeing Resource Centre, or visit the website for a full list of our support services for health and wellbeing.