Exams and results

Examination information | Special arrangements for assessment and examination | Re-marking | Special consideration and supplementary exams | Students at risk | Results and academic records

Examination information

End of semester examinations are timetabled by the University. Timetables become available on the University website approximately 2–3 weeks before the examination period. If you have an examination clash should apply for a change of timetable at the Student Centre, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus. It is the student's responsibility to check the examination timetable regularly.

All students are allocated a room and seat number for exams held on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus, and a room number for exams held on the Mallett Street Campus. Room and seat numbers will be available on the University website. It is the student's responsibility to report any problems with the room or seat number prior to the exam.

Examination policies and procedures are available through the
Examinations Office. A draft examination timetable is produced toward the middle of each semester. You should view the Examinations Office page regularly for updates.

Illness or misadventure
If you are unable to attend an exam, or your performance in an exam is affected, due to illness or misadventure you are advised to submit a request for special consideration.
For more information refer to the Assessment Procedures 2011 and Assessment Policy 2011.

Special arrangements for assessment and examination

Special arrangements may be made available to any student enrolled at the University of Sydney (in accordance with the Assessment Policy 2011) who is unable to meet assessment requirements or attend examinations because of one or more of the following situations:

  • essential religious commitments or essential beliefs (including cultural and ceremonial commitments)
  • compulsory legal absence (eg jury duty, court summons, etc)
  • sporting or cultural commitments, including political/union commitments, where the student is representing the University, state or nation
  • birth or adoption of a child
  • Australian defence force or emergency service commitments (including Army Reserve)
  • disability (need to be registered with Disability Services)
  • essential employment as per Clause 15(1)(e) of the Assessment Policy 2011

Personal commitments, such as travel or family matters are not covered by this policy. In certain circumstances, where a postgraduate post-registration student lives overseas or in a state other than NSW or the ACT, a student may be permitted to take external examinations where approved by a Director Postgraduate Advanced Studies. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the approval through the course coordinator and to organise the exam to be conducted at another University. Any associated costs for this service will be payable by the student.


Refer to the University of Sydney (Student Appeals Against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006.

Re-marking is defined as an independent assessment of a piece of written work that has already been assessed.

  • Any student who believes that there are genuine grounds for contesting an Academic Decision should first discuss his or her concerns with the relevant teacher or unit of study coordinator (Section 3.1).
  • The written appeal (along with supporting documentation) should be submitted within 15 working days after discussing the concerns.
  • Only after initial consultation should the faculty determine who will undertake the initial review. The Dean will have the final decision, based on the recommendation of the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) (Section 3.2).

In considering an application for a re-mark, the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) will consider the student's case with respect to:

  • the stated grounds for the request; and
  • any procedural issues that may be relevant.

There will be no re-marking of clinical performance as assessed within the clinical nursing laboratories or clinical settings. Re-marking will not apply in circumstances where a student has applied for special consideration. An approved application for special consideration will take priority over an application for re-marking. There will be no re-marking of examination papers.

Special consideration and supplementary exams

For more information refer to the Assessment Procedures 2011 and Assessment Policy 2011.

If you believe your performance in an assessment has been or will be affected by serious illness or misadventure, you may seek special consideration. Please note that submitting a request does not automatically mean special consideration will be granted.

Toward the end of each semester, a supplementary exam timetable will be produced by the faculty. Supplementary exams are only available if you have been given permission to sit a supplementary exam (due to an earlier absence, or special consideration).

When you suffer serious illness or misadventure after the 7-week deadline to discontinue not fail (7 weeks after the commencement of each semester), you may apply via a special consideration application form to discontinue not fail (DNF). A DNF result after the 7-week deadline may only be applied in cases where there is illness or misadventure that either was not known prior to the deadline or where there was a significant deterioration following the deadline. It should only be considered as an option where all other options have been exhausted or are otherwise not applicable. In other words, a DNF applied after the deadline should be considered exceptional and as a last resort.

The following conditions must be present before a late DNF can be applied:

  1. All other methods of special consideration have been considered and exhausted
  2. The case is exceptional
  3. The application is supported by a Professional Practitioner’s Certificate which verifies that the illness or misadventure was either not known prior to the seven-week deadline or significantly deteriorated since then
  4. The application must be submitted and assessed prior to the release of your final results for that semester

Application Process
Application will be via the normal special consideration process. The Professional Practitioner’s certificate must accompany the application and provide the following details:

  1. The date the illness or misadventure began or deteriorated and in case of the later to what extent
  2. How the illness or misadventure affected your ability to study
  3. At what stage it became clear that you could no longer study

In line with other applications for special consideration, assessment will be made by two academic staff; usually the Program Director and relevant Course Adviser or the Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching). The outcome of an application will be sent to you via your University of Sydney email account and copied to the UOS Coordinator.

In cases where an application for a DNF is approved, this means that there will be no academic penalty applied to these units of study, however please note that financial liability for these units of study will still apply.

Students at risk

Refer to the Student Academic Progression Policy

Academic progression refers to your progress through your course, such as your performance in units of study, completing required units of study and completing within the timeframe of your course. Your academic progression is monitored each semester.

The University is committed to the welfare and wellbeing of students, and the Staying on Track program is designed to identify and assist students who have demonstrated a persistent pattern of failure and are therefore at risk of exclusion from their award course.

Results and academic records

Results notices
You will receive your results at the conclusion of each semester, via Sydney Student, within MyUni. To obtain additional or replacement copies of these notices, contact the Student Centre, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus.

Academic transcripts
You will receive two complimentary copies of your academic transcript upon graduation. However, should you wish to obtain a copy of your academic transcript prior to graduation or in the future, contact the Student Centre, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus. For more information visit the University student administration