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Familiarise yourself with the instructions, processes and expectations governing end-of-semester exams.


Most examinations take place directly after StuVac (study vacation week). However some lecturers run exams during semester, or they issue a take-home or online exam.

You need to be available throughout the end-of-semester formal examination period:

Event or deadline

If you apply for special consideration or special arrangement and your application is approved, you may need to sit a replacement exam. Check the dates below to make sure you’re available during the replacement exam period before you apply.

Read your unit of study guide thoroughly at the start of semester to make sure you’re aware of when you need to be ready.

Exam timetables

Personalised timetables for all formal, end-of-semester exams will be available in Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’).

Understanding your exam timetable

Your timetable will include your seat number, time and duration, venue, building and room number of your exam.

Your seat number will also be listed outside the exam room before the exam. If you don’t see your name, speak to a supervisor.

If you don’t get a timetable, or if any of the details on your timetable don’t match your enrolment, email us at

Exam clashes

Sometimes two or more exams will be scheduled at the same time. If this happens, you’ll receive an email from the Examinations Office letting you know what arrangements have been made. In most cases, both exams will still be scheduled for the same day.

Typically, you will need to sit one exam in the morning and the other in the afternoon, with a minimum 40-minute break in between.

If you have three exams clashing, you'll need to sit two of them in one day, and the third the following day.

If you have an exam timetable clash and have not heard from the Examinations Office by two weeks before the formal exam period, email us at

In-semester exam clashes

If you have a clash of exam-based assessments during semester, you should discuss alternative arrangements with your unit of study coordinator.

Exam adjustments

Disability Services helps students who have a disability to access reasonable adjustments for exams. Find out about registering with Disability Services.

Special consideration and special arrangements

If you have a serious illness, injury or circumstances arise that affect your ability to attend or complete an exam, you may have grounds to apply for special consideration or special arrangements.

Find out more about special consideration and special arrangements.

Replacement exams

Replacement exams generally take place in Week 18 and are only available to students who have been given permission to sit a replacement exam due to special consideration or special arrangements.

After the end-of-semester formal examination period, we will let you know the details of your replacement exam(s).

Replacement exams for in-class or mid-semester exams are arranged by the relevant discipline office. You will be given at least three working-days notice and will be notified of the details via your University student email account or Blackboard.

Replacement exams for mid-semester exams may be held earlier than the formal replacement exam period.

Replacement exams are not always in the same format as the original exam (for example, the replacement assessment for a written exam may be a viva voce exam).

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