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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 required to sit a mandatory written communications skill test during Orientation Week (the week before the start of semester) in order to indicate whether or not you will benefit from enrolling 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 required to sit the mandatory written communications test, not all will be enrolled in the unit following the BUSS1900. Following the test you will be notified by the office of Business Education to let you know if you are required to enrol in BUSS1900 for Semester Two.  BUSS1900 is a free Unit of Study that does not count towards your WAM.

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


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.


ou 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 are required to enrol in BUSS1900. However, if you are not required to enrol in BUSS1900 but would still like to take 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!