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BUSS1900 Mandatory Test

Welcome to the University of Sydney Business School. We are very happy that you are joining us in what promises to be another exciting year of many opportunities.

As indicated in the information about your Commerce degree enrolment, all commencing undergraduate students in the Business School are automatically enrolled in the learning support Unit of Study, BUSS1900 Managing Business Communications. The aim of this unit is to provide additional support for developing effective written communication skills while making the transition to university. This is part of the Business School's wider commitment to provide as much learning support as possible to our students from the outset of their degree (and beyond).

Whilst all students are automatically enrolled in BUSS1900, not all will remain in the unit following the mandatory pre-semester business written communication test that must be done by every commencing student during Orientation Week. Following the test you will be notified by the office of Business Education to let you know if you will remain enrolled in BUSS1900 for Semester Two or if you have been withdrawn from the Unit of Study.

Details of the mandatory pre-semester business written communication test

All students must complete a 45-minute (including reading time) invigilated test in one of the scheduled sessions (see below) prior to semester commencement. The test will allow you the opportunity to demonstrate your critical analysis and written communication skills. It is not a knowledge test or a memory test. There is no required study for this test.

The following aspects of your writing will be assessed:

  • accuracy of response to question;
  • demonstration of academic writing skills, including appropriate tone, structure and clarity of written communication;
  • demonstration of skills in critical thinking and evaluation in a business context.

Please note: This test is compulsory and all students must register online and attend a testing session during the Business School Orientation Week


Scheduled test sessions

Register for Test Session

You are required to attend only one of the following test sessions during Orientation Week:

Wednesday, 22 July

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Merewether Lecture Room 5
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm - Institute Lecture Theatre 1

Thursday, 23 July

  • 10:30am-11:30am - Institute Lecture Theatre 1
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm - Institute Lecture Theatre 1

Friday, 24 July

  • 9:30am-10:30am - Institute Lecture Theatre 1
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm - Institute Lecture Theatre 1

NB: Before attending a test session you must first have completed your enrolment online.

It is also very important that you register online for the test session that you want to attend to ensure that there is a seat available at the time and venue of your choosing.

You are required to be seated in the room no later than 10 minutes prior to the advertised commencement of your chosen test session, and must bring photo identification (student card or passport or driver's licence).

You will be contacted by email within two weeks following the pre-semester test to inform you as to whether you will remain enrolled in BUSS1900 or have been withdrawn. However, if you are withdrawn but will still like to remain in the Unit of Study, please contact the Business Education office and you will be re-enrolled.

All the very best with your studies this semester!