Examinations

Ensure you are prepared for your exams by understanding the procedures, dates and support information relating to examinations. All examinations are presumed closed book unless otherwise stated in the notes column of the timetable. Please read the information under 'Examination Policies and Procedures' below, in particular the Rules to be observed by candidates for examinations.

Examination timetable

  • Exam timetable release: Thursday 9 October (4pm)
  • Seat numbers (including the location of the exam) release: Thursday 9 October (4pm)
  • Examination period: Monday 10 November – Saturday 22 November inclusive

View the current examination timetable

Examination policies and procedures

You need to be familiar with these policies and procedures before you attend your examinations.

Rules to be observed by candidates for examinations (updated April 2012)

You need to follow all instructions given by examination supervisors.

No writing paper, books, papers, manuscripts or notes of any kind are to be taken into or out of an examination room (unless expressly permitted in advance by the examiner). You are not permitted to remove pages from answer booklets or examination papers.

You may take in pens, pencils, drawing instruments and small items of food such as sweets. These items may be left on the desk during the examination. You may also bring in small valuables such as wallets, purses, mobile phones and laptops which must be switched off, not just silent. These items must be placed on the floor below the desk. Don’t leave money or valuables in bags. The University can accept no responsibility for the loss of students' personal property. Anything taken into an examination room must be made available for inspection by the examination supervisors or other University staff.

The use of approved calculators may be permitted in examinations. The make and model of all calculators used by students in formally supervised examinations will be recorded. You are not permitted to share calculators, or pass them between each other in an examination. Mobile phones which have a calculator facility are not allowed. Use of a non-approved calculator may be regarded as academic misconduct. If you are unsure what functionality is permitted, make sure you check with your examiner that your calculator may be used in the examination.

No candidate may be admitted to an examination room after the expiration of 30 minutes from the commencement of writing. No candidate who has entered an examination room and seen the examination paper may leave until 30 minutes has elapsed from the time writing commenced. No candidate may leave during the last ten minutes of any examination.

10 minutes reading time is allowed for most papers. During this time you may complete your attendance forms and fill in the covers of your answer books, then place your pens on the desk. No other writing is permitted.

The Presiding Supervisor in each room warns students when 10 minutes remain and when the time allowed for the examination has elapsed will instruct candidates to cease writing and quietly remain in their seats until given permission to leave. The following rules must be observed:

  • (i) your examination materials will be collected before you are given permission to leave your examination desk;
  • (ii) you must remain in their seats until instructed by the Examination Supervisor to leave the room;
  • (iii) any candidate not adhering to supervisor instructions (e.g. to stop writing) may be subject to academic misconduct proceedings.

Any student wishing to leave the examination room early must attract the attention of the Examination Supervisor and then follow the procedures outlined above.

"Confidential Papers" – Papers of this type are not to be copied, nor removed from the examination room. You must not take from the examination room any examination answer book, graph paper, drawing paper or any other materials issued for use during the examination.
Smoking is not permitted in examination rooms.

You cannot loiter in the vicinity of examination rooms; during, or at the conclusion of an examination. Nor can you talk or make noise near such rooms, as other examinations may still be in progress.
You should read the instructions on the cover of each examination book as well as those that may appear on the front page of your examination paper, reporting any discrepancy to the Presiding Supervisor.

You need to display your valid University of Sydney Campus Card upon entering the examination room and must display your card on your desk for the duration of the examination. Students without an identity card will be required to provide other appropriate photographic identification with signature such as a driver's licence or passport. Any student failing to provide photo identification may not be permitted to sit for the examination.

Examination clash information

  • An examination clash occurs when you have two or more exams that have been timetabled for the same day and time, or if you have three exams scheduled on one day.
  • Examinations with a 40-minute (or more) break between them are not considered to be clashing.
  • The Examinations Office will email you at your University email account to inform you, and the relevant examiners, of the arrangements for your examination clash.
  • If you have not received any email notification one week prior to your examination clash, please contact the Examinations Office.
  • You can assume that if you have two exams clashing on one day then you will write those exams on that day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon with a minimum of 40 minutes in between the exams.
  • If you have three exams scheduled on one day, you will write two on the day and the third one most likely the next day.
  • Please note this only refers to daytime exams at the University of Sydney. Any evening exam clashes need to be reported to the examiner/ departments concerned as departments are responsible for making arrangements for evening clashes.

Students with disabilities, medical conditions or injuries

Students with a disability, including serious medical condition, or recent injury, which puts them at a disadvantage during examinations should contact Disability Services, Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, as soon as possible.

Phone: +61 2 8627 8422
Fax: +61 2 8627 8482

If appropriate, special arrangements can be made to meet particular requirements.

Serious illness, injury or misadventure - Special Consideration regarding assessments

Please read about Special Consideration.

Students who feel too ill to attempt an examination at the scheduled time should consult a medical practitioner after reading the Special Consideration section.

Students who fall ill during an examination will be asked by invigilators whether they wish to consult a doctor at the University Health Service. If this occurs the doctor will complete a Special Consideration form and forward it to the relevant examiner.

Misreading of the timetable is not accepted as a reason for failing to attend an exam.

Examination seat numbers and rooms

You will be assigned a seat number for most of your examinations. Seat numbers identify your seat in the exam room and the location of the examination itself. You look up your seat numbers (when they are released, see Key dates) by logging onto MyUni and clicking on the 'Sydney Student' icon under 'Applications'.

There are pop-up maps with the seat numbers to help you if you are unfamiliar with an examination room or building. There is also a permanent lecture and exam room look-up facility.

Tip: You don't want to be wandering around looking for your exam room on the morning of your exam! Familiarise yourself with room locations prior to your exam day.

Problems with your seat number

You must attend to these problems well before the day of the examination. Don't wait until the day of the examination to resolve any seating allocation problems!

Seat numbers are provided only for end-of-semester exams. Please contact your department for locations of exams/assessments conducted outside the end-of-semester exams session.

The problem What to do
You have neither a seat number nor a location (room) for an exam   Go to the Student Centre and fill out a 'Request for a Seat Number' form
You have a location (room), but no seat number    You do not need a seat number for this exam.
You have two or more exams at the same time

The Examinations Office will email you on your University email account to inform you of the arrangements for your examination clash (daytime exams only).

If you haven't received any email notification one week prior to your examination clash, please contact the Examinations Office.

For evening exams (held from 5pm onwards) you will need to contact the examiner/department concerned as they are responsible for making arrangements for evening clashes

You have a seat number/room for an exam that you are not attempting You have received a seat number because you are enrolled in that subject. If you think there has been error with your enrolment you should contact your faculty immediately to discuss.

Seat numbers will also be displayed outside the examination room prior to the exam.

If your name is not listed you should notify the examination supervisor overseeing the room.

Student misconduct

The University takes a most serious view of any attempt to gain unfair advantage over other students in examinations. Any student who takes into an examination room any aids or materials not authorised for an examination, risks confiscation of the aids or materials, which would then be subject to a report, which may lead to misconduct proceedings under the provisions of the University By-Laws. Students should be particularly careful to check with the examiner well before an examination whether their calculator (programmable or non-programmable), portable computer or device incorporating one of these features (e.g. a memory watch, calculator watch or watch computer) is an authorised aid.

Students found guilty of misconduct may be failed in the unit of study, excluded from the unit of study or excluded from the University.

Make sure you read the Rules to be observed by candidates for examinations above.

Open book/open note examinations

If known at time of printing, open book/open note examinations are identified in this timetable. If you are in any doubt about a particular paper being open book/open note, you should check with the examiner well before the examination.

Use of linguistic dictionaries

  • The answers in all examinations and in all work submitted must be in English unless otherwise directed.
  • Use of an electronic dictionary is not permitted, unless expressly allowed by the examiner concerned.
  • Students from a non English-speaking background are eligible to apply for permission to use a standard linguistic dictionary in examinations. Normally, this would be restricted to students who did not sit the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) and enrolled at the University through the International Office.
  • The Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery does not allow the use of dictionaries from 3rd Year in the Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration). Translation dictionaries may be used in examinations by ESL (English as a second language) students who are sitting for examinations in Year 1 of the Master of Nursing (Graduate entry) including those enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration). Year 2 ESL students in these degrees are not permitted to use translation dictionaries.
  • Dictionaries must be single-volume editions.
  • Present your dictionary to the Examinations Office (Student Centre, Level 3 of the Jane Foss Russell Building) for approval - this must be done at least two weeks before the examination period commences. It will be checked and stamped and you will then be able to use it in examinations at any time throughout your university enrolment.
  • Your dictionary may be checked at random during examinations for unauthorised notes/materials, the presence of which may result in charges of academic misconduct.

Approved calculators

The exams office centrally approves basic non-programmable scientific calculators for use in exams where a non-programmable calculator is permitted. Calculators that meet these requirements will be given a sticker that permits their use in University of Sydney exams.

Please read the Approvable Non-Programmable Calculator List (PDF) for a range of popular calculator models that have been previously approved at Sydney.

The make and model of all calculators used in examinations is recorded, checked by invigilators and reported to examiners. The use of an unauthorised calculator may result in the instigation of academic misconduct procedures.

Calculators can be submitted for approval at the Student Centre front counter, Level 3 of the Jane Foss Russell Building during business hours. Calculator models that are not on the approvable list will need to be reviewed by the exams office and then collected from the front counter one business day later.

All calculators must be submitted for approval prior to the end of the last week of lectures in the relevant semester.

Features that are NOT permitted for Exams Office approval:

  • programmable (any calculator that can have a sequence of operations stored and then executed automatically is considered programmable and hence not allowed)
  • capable of storing text or alphanumeric data input by a user (this does not exclude calculators with memories that are used to store intermediate numerical results obtained during calculations and required later)
  • capable of storing, manipulating or graphing functions entered in symbolic form (this includes calculators with a graphic display capacity)
  • capable of performing ‘hard-wired’ numerical routines for operations such as differentiation and definite integration, and the solution of equations
  • capable of performing ‘hard-wired’ symbolic manipulations such as addition of algebraic expressions, binomial expansion and symbolic differentiation
  • capable of external communication or web connectivity.

You can see which types of calculators are permitted for your exams via the exam timetable, please see our important dates above for more information.

A small number of exams require students to use programmable calculators. You should consult their examiners/lecturers for approval of programmable calculators. It is your responsibility to ensure your calculator is appropriate for any exam in which they are used.

Students that do not remember their non-programmable calculator on the day of their exam can borrow an approved non-programmable calculator from the Students Representative Council Office.

Bags in examination rooms

You are permitted to take small bags into most examination rooms (some have nearby areas for the purpose). These bags must only be placed in the area designated by the Presiding Supervisor. Anything taken into the examination room must be made available for inspection by the examination supervisors or other University staff.

Small valuable items such as purses, wallets, laptops and mobile phones (which must be switched off, including alarm - not just silent) must remain with you during the examination and should be left on the floor under their desks.

Please do not leave money or valuables in bags. The University accepts no responsibility for the loss of students' personal property.

Further tests

If you qualify for and are granted a further test or assessment, they will be administered by the department offering that unit of study. Please direct enquiries to that department.

Access to completed examination scripts

The Academic Board Resolutions: Assessment and Examination of Coursework provide that students may request access to view their completed examination scripts:

  • 4.6.7 Departments are asked to make arrangements for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, on request, to peruse and, where they so desire, to obtain (a copy of) their examination scripts or any other written answers to examination questions, provided that:
  • 4.6.7.1 the request is made within the script retention period (six months from the date of the release of the result);
  • 4.6.7.2 in the case of examinations involving confidential examination papers, where examination questions are used on more than one occasion, students may peruse under supervision, but not obtain a copy of, the examination paper and their answers to the questions.

Please consult the relevant examiner or teaching department in the first instance.

Lost property

If you have left something in an exam room, first return to the room and/or the local precinct officer to check if the item is still there. If it isn’t, exam supervisors may have forwarded it the Exams Office.

The Exams Office hands over lost property from exams to the Student Centre (level 3, Jane Foss Russell building or +61 2 8627 8200). It can take up to 24 hours for lost property to arrive at the Student Centre.

Student Centre staff will contact students about their lost items when possible. After 2 weeks lost property will be forwarded to the Security Services Lost Property Office, Level 2, G12 Services Building (ring +61 2 9351 5325). Outside office hours contact the Security Patrol Service on +61 2 9351 3487.

Assessment policies

Read the University's examination and assessment policies and procedures.

Past exam papers

You can view many past exam papers at the University Library website.

Assessments during semester

Timetables
For Summer/Winter School
For all other assessments, including mid-semester tests, contact your department/faculty

Clashes
If you have assessments that clash during semester, please contact departments/lecturers and resolve the clash with your department/faculty

Students with a disability
For exam adjustments for assessments during semester, please contact the Disability Services Office