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Exams

On exam day

There are certain rules and regulations governing exams to make sure every student is assessed on a fair and equal basis. It is important for you to become familiar with these instructions before you sit your exam.

On the day, arrive early to ensure that you have enough time to find your exam room and confirm your seat number. You will be allowed to enter the exam room 15 minutes before the start of the exam.

What you can bring

Do not bring unnecessary valuable items to your exam. You will be asked to leave your bag in the designated bag area. If you choose to leave your phone in your bag, make sure it is switched off.

Student card

It is very important that you bring your student card to your exam so we can validate your student number. You will also need to know your student ID number for anonymous marking.  

We will still accept other valid forms of identification including your passport, Australian driver's licence or Australian government-issued photo card, however you should ensure you have a student card before your exams.

In the exam room

As well as the materials permitted by the examiner, you may also bring the following items into the exam room:

  • your student card, keep it visible on your table throughout the exam 
  • drawing instruments, such as pens, pencils and eraser
  • small items of food, such as sweets or mints
  • a bottle of water in a clear container.

The following items need to be stored under your desk or seat during the exam:

  • purse or wallet
  • mobile phone, switched off
  • smart watch, switched off
  • hat.

You are not permitted to bring the following items into the exam:

  • earplugs, we will supply you with a pair if required
  • pencil case
  • a recording or scanning device or implement.

Anonymous marking

Formal and replacement exams will be marked anonymously from Semester 1, 2018. This means that answer materials marked by an examiner, including exam papers, answer books and graph answer sheets will not include your name.

Your name will be requested on the attendance form as well as multiple choice answer sheets that are marked by computer.

It is very important that you enter the correct student ID number, seat number and venue on your answer materials so we can easily identify your work.

Rules and regulations

  1. You cannot leave the room in the first 30 minutes of your exam (including reading time).
  2. You will not be admitted to the exam more than 30 minutes after your exam has commenced.
  3. Your room supervisor will tell you when you can start writing, and when you have 10 minutes remaining before pens must be put down.
  4. If you need to use the toilet, quietly attract the attention of the supervisor by raising your hand. You may not take any of your belongings to the toilet.
  5. You cannot leave the exam during the last 10 minutes.
  6. If you wish to leave before the last 10 minutes of the exam, quietly attract the attention of the supervisor by raising your hand.
  7. At the conclusion of the exam, you need to remain in your seat until exam materials are collected and counted and you have been given permission to leave the exam room.
  8. You cannot leave the exam room with any confidential papers, including the answer book, graph paper, drawing paper or any other materials.
  9. Be respectful of your peers and remain quiet before, after and during the exam.

Student misconduct

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 University of Sydney (Student Discipline) Rule 2016. If misconduct is proven, a range of penalties may apply, including failure in the unit of study or exclusion from the University.

Watches (both analogue and digital) and electronic devices are not permitted in exams, with the exception of approved calculators.

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Last updated: 19 July 2018

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