Give yourself the best chance to succeed by getting familiar with the rules, 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.
Your examination results will be sent to you by post. You can also view them in My Uni. Go to My Studies, then Assessments.
|Semester 2 draft exam timetable released||17 Sep|
|Semester 2 personalised exam timetable released||8 Oct|
|Semester 2 exam period begins||9 Nov|
|Semester 2 exam period ends
|Semester 2 results released||8 Dec|
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 rules and regulations well before the date of your exam.
Sometimes exams for two or more subjects will be scheduled at the same time. If this happens, you’ll receive an email from the Examinations Office advising you what arrangements have been made to ensure you can sit both exams.
Typically, you will be instructed to sit one exam in the morning, and the other in the afternoon with a minimum 40-minute break.
If you have three exams clashing, you will sit two of them in one day, and the third the following day.
Students with evening exam clashes are not automatically notified – you will need to report the clash to your department or school.
If have an exam timetable clash and have not heard from the Examinations Office by one week before your exam, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are too ill to attempt an exam at the scheduled time, you will need to consult a doctor and refer to the ‘Special consideration due to serious illness, injury or misadventure’ (Coursework Policy 2014, section 14),
Your unit of study outline should also include faculty-specific information on how to apply for special consideration. Only well-attested serious illness, injury or misadventure affecting a specific assignment or exam period will be considered legitimate ground for special consideration. If you have a longer-term illness or difficulties, you should contact Disability Services and their faculty.
Seat numbers are provided for all formal, end-of-semester exams. You will find your seat number listed within your exam timetable.
If you have neither a seat number nor a location for an exam, contact the Student Centre and fill out a ‘request for seat number’ form.
If you’ve been given a location, but no seat number, you can assume no seat number is required for that exam.
If you’ve been given a seat number for an exam you’re not sitting, there may be an error with your enrolment. Contact your faculty immediately to discuss it.
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.
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, the items will be confiscated and you will be reported. This may lead to misconduct proceedings under the provisions of the University By-Laws. You may, as a result, fail that unit of study, or be excluded from that subject or from the University.
If you are bringing in a calculator or other electronic device such as a memory watch or watch computer, check well before the examination whether it is authorised.
Electronic dictionaries are not permitted.
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 through the International Office.
ESL students in the Faculty of Nursing and Miwifery 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.
Dictionaries must be single-volume editions.
You need to have your dictionary approved for use. Bring it to the Examinations Office (Student Centre, Level 3 of the Jane Foss Russell Building) at least two weeks before the examination period commences. Once checked and stamped, you can use it in examinations throughout your university enrolment.
Your dictionary may be checked during examinations for unauthorised notes or materials that may constitute academic misconduct.
The Exams Office centrally approves basic non-programmable scientific calculators for use in exams where a calculator is permitted. Calculators that meet these requirements will be given a sticker. The use of an unauthorised calculator constitutes academic misconduct.
You need to submit your calculator for approval before the end of the last week of lectures in the relevant semester.
Submit your calculator for approval at the Student Centre front counter, Level 3 of the Jane Foss Russell Building during business hours.
The Approvable Non-Programmable Calculator List details models that have been approved at the University previously.
Calculator models that are not on the approvable list are reviewed by the Exams Office and you can then collect them on the next business day.
The Exams Office will not approve calculators if they have the following features:
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 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.
You can ask to see your completed examination scripts, within the script retention period (four 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.
Many past exam papers are made available on the University Library website.
|Result code||What it means|
|PX||Pass (A,B,C Scale)|
|AX||Absent - Fail, Supplementary Examination Awarded|
|AF||Absent - Fail|
|PY||Pass (A,B,C Scale)|
|PZ||Pass (A,B,C Scale)|
|DF||Discontinued - Fail|
|DC||Discontinued - Not to count as failure|
|DP||Discontinued with permission|
|K1||Equivalent to Honours Class I|
|K2||Equivalent to Honours Class II, Division 1|
|K3||Equivalent to Honours Class II, Division 2|
|K4||Equivalent to Honours Class III|
|FP||Fail, May Proceed|
|1H||Honours Class I|
|1M||Honours Class I and University Medal|
|M2||Honours Class I and University Medal (Shared)|
|2U||Honours Class II, Division 1|
|2L||Honours Class II, Division 2|
|3H||Honours Class III|
|TO||Terminating Pass, Optional Supplementary Examination|
|TS||Terminating Pass, Supplementary Examination (Concessional)|
|PC||Pass With Credit|
|PH||Pass at Honours Level|
|PM||Pass With Merit|
|TC||Terminating Pass (Concessional)|
|UC||Unit of Study Continuing|
|SU||Fail - Supplementary Examination Awarded|
|FS||Fail - Concessional Supplementary Examination|
|SC||Supplementary Examination to Count as Annual|
Student Centre, Level 3
Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (during semester)
8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (during examinations)
8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday (during examinations)