Give yourself the best chance to succeed by getting familiar with the instructions, processes and expectations governing end-of-semester exams.
Most examinations take place directly after StuVac (study vacation week), but not all. Some lecturers run exams during semester, or they issue a take-home or online paper. Read your unit of study guide thoroughly at the start of semester to ensure you’re aware of when you need to be ready.
Keep a close eye on your university email and learning management systems such as Blackboard for important announcements leading up to the end of semester.
Make sure you understand what will be expected of you during the exam. Talk to your lecturers or tutors, read your course notes, and consider organising a group study session with classmates.
Make sure you check the instructions you need to follow for your exam and remember to:
Your Semester 2 results will be available in Sydney Student on 7 December. Go to 'My studies', then 'Assessments'.
Once your results are available in Sydney Student, they will also appear on your academic transcript.
Find out what the results mean.
Exams are governed by strict rules and regulations to ensure every student is assessed on a fair and equal basis. We strongly encourage you to read through the instructions well before the date of your exam.
Sometimes exams for two or more of your subjects will be scheduled for the same time and day. We try to aviod these clashes, however sometimes this is not possible. If this happens, you’ll receive an email from the Examinations Office advising you what arrangements have been made.
In most cases your two exams will be scheduled for the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with at least a 40 minute break.
If you have an exam timetable clash and have not heard from the Examinations Office by one week before the formal exam period, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a clash of exam-based assessments during semester, please discuss alternative arrangements with your faculty.
Personalised timetables for all formal, end-of-semester exams will be available on Sydney Student from the dates below (go to ‘My studies’ then ‘Assessments’).
|2016||Available through Sydney Student from
|Semester 1||Friday 13 May|
|Semester 2||Friday 7 October|
For the exam periods see the Study dates page.
Your timetable will include your seat number, time, venue and location of your exam.
Your seat number will also be listed outside the exam room prior to the exam. If you don’t see your name, contact a supervisor.
If you don’t get a timetable, or if any of the details on your timetable don’t match your enrolment, email email@example.com.
If you have a serious illness, injury or circumstances arise that affect your ability to complete or submit an assignment, you may have grounds to apply for special consideration or special arrangements.
See our Special consideration website for more information.
The University takes any attempt to gain an unfair advantage over other students very seriously.
If you are found taking any unauthorised aids or materials into the exam room, you risk confiscation of these items which would then be subject to a report. This may lead to misconduct proceedings under the provisions of the University of Sydney By-Law 1999 (as amended). If misconduct is proven, a range of penalties may apply including failure in the unit of study or exclusion from the University.
With the exception of approved calculators, electronic devices and watches (both analogue and digital) are not permitted.
You can check which materials you are permitted to bring into your exam through your personalised exam timetable.
Open book/open note examinations are identified in the examination timetable. If you are in any doubt about a particular paper being open book/open note, you should check with the unit of study coordinator or faculty before the examination.
All exam answers should be in English, unless otherwise directed.
Students from a non-English speaking background can apply for permission to use a standard linguistic dictionary in examinations. This is usually limited to students who did not sit the NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) and enrolled at the University as an international student.
You will need to bring your dictionary to the Student Centre to be approved for use before taking it into an examination. Please note, this will be done on the spot but only during business hours Monday to Friday. Once checked and stamped, you can use it in examinations throughout your university enrolment.
Please note that the Student Centre can only approve dictionaries which are:
The Student Centre cannot approve:
ESL students in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery may use translation dictionaries in Year 1 of the Master of Nursing (Graduate entry), including Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration). Translation dictionaries are not permitted in Year 2, and no dictionaries are permitted in third year.
Approved dictionaries are checked at random during examinations for unauthorised notes or materials that may constitute academic misconduct.
The Examinations Office centrally approves basic non-programmable scientific calculators for use in exams where a calculator is permitted. Calculators that meet these requirements will be approved. You will need to bring your calculator to the Student Centre for approval before using it in an examination.
Calculators can be approved at the Student Centre from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
The Approvable Non-Programmable Calculator List details popular models that can be approved. Calculator models that are not on the approvable list will need to be assessed before being approved.
Programmable or financial calculators that have the following features cannot be approved:
The use of programmable calculators in exams where non-programmable calculators are permitted constitutes academic misconduct.
Calculators permitted for each exam are listed with the exam timetable.
You can borrow an approved non-programmable calculator from the Students' Representative Council Office: call + 61 2 9660 5222.
You can take a small bag into the exam room, but you need to place it in the designated area – check with the exam supervisor if you’re not sure.
If you take small valuables such as a purse, wallet, laptop or mobile phone into the exam with you, you need to place them on the floor under your desk until you are given permission to leave. You need to switch off your laptop and mobile.
Please don't leave money or valuables in your bag. The University cannot accept responsibility for the loss of any personal property.
If you have left something in an exam room, first return to the room to check if the item is still there. Exam supervisors will forward any valuable items to the Services Building. Items can take up to 24 hours to arrive at the Services Building.
We will contact you where an item can be identified as yours. You can also register your lost items.
You can ask to see your completed examination scripts, within the script retention period (six months from the date of the release of the result). Ask the examiner or your department.
If your exam paper includes questions that are used on more than one occasion, you can only read your paper under supervision.
Some past exam papers are available on the University Library website.
The University awards result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).
Each faculty and unit of study has specific criteria for meeting the learning outcomes of each unit. These can generally be found in your unit of study outline, or contact your unit of study coordinator for further details.
As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a Credit a good standard, and a Pass an acceptable standard.
|Result code||Result name||Mark range||Description|
|HD||High distinction||85 - 100|
|DI||Distinction||75 - 84|
|CR||Credit||65 - 74|
|PS||Pass||50 - 64|
|FA||Fail||0 - 49||When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.|
|AF||Absent fail||No mark||When you haven’t completed all assessment tasks or met the attendance requirements.|
|CN||Cancelled||No mark||When your enrolment has been cancelled.|
|DC||Discontinued not to count as failure||No mark||When you discontinue a unit after the relevant census date but before the DC deadline.|
|DF||Discontinue - fail||No mark||When you discontinue a unit after the DC deadline but before the end of classes for that unit.|
|FR||Failed requirements||No mark||When you don’t meet the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard, for units which are marked as either Satisfied requirements or Failed requirements.|
|SR||Satisfied requirements||No mark||When you meet the learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard, for units which are marked as either Satisfied requirements or Failed requirements.|
|WD||Withdrawn||No mark||When you discontinue a unit before the relevant census date. WD grades do not appear on your academic transcript.|
‘Incomplete’ results are temporary results used when your grade has not been finalised. This could be because:
When your result has been finalised, your results notice will be updated and you’ll receive an email notifying you of the change.
If you have any questions regarding an Incomplete result, contact your unit of study coordinator.
|Result code||Result name||Mark range||Description|
|IC||Incomplete||No mark||Temporarily used when further information is being sought or additional work considered before a final result is given. You will not be able to re-enrol with an IC result.|
|RI||Result incomplete||No mark||Temporarily used in cases where a result will remain incomplete for a longer period than the IC (Incomplete) result. You will be able to re-enrol with an RI result.|
|UC||Unit of study continuing||No mark||When a unit continues in the following session. You will be able to re-enrol with a UC result.|
Your faculty or school will provide you with marking criteria specific to your honours course. If you have any questions, contact your honours coordinator.
|Honours class||Honours mark range (for honours up to 96 credit points)*||Honours mark range (for honours of 96 credit points or more)*|
|First Class||80 - 100||75 - 100|
|Second Class / Division 1||75 - 79||70 - 74|
|Second Class / Division 2||70 - 74||65 - 69|
|Third Class||65 - 69||50 - 64**|
|Not awarded honours||0 - 64||0 - 49**|
**Prior to 2017, Third Class honours was not awarded for honours of 96 credit points or more. If your mark was in the range 0 to 64, you were not awarded honours.