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Exam timetables

We provide you with a personalised timetable for all formal, end-of-semester exams. The link to exam timetables will be provided here when timetables are available.

We update this link for each exam period, so it's best not to bookmark this.

Understanding your exam timetable

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

If you don’t get a timetable, or if any of the details on your timetable don’t match your enrolment, email us at exams.office@sydney.edu.au

Seat allocation

Your exam venue and seat number will be included on your timetable. These will most likely be different for every exam you take. 

When you arrive at the exam venue, confirm your seat number on the seating list outside the exam room. The seating list includes your student ID number and seat number. To protect your privacy the seating list does not include your name.

Exam conditions

Your timetable will include information about the exam conditions. 

  1. Open book - you will complete a written exam and can bring reference materials and notes (excluding library books) to your exam. For example, you can bring: 
    • reference materials
    • written and typed notes
    • textbooks
    • dictionaries
    • a calculator, if specified on your timetable.
  2. Restricted open book - you will complete a written exam and can bring the reference materials and notes specified on your timetable. For example, this may be:
    • one A4 sheet of handwritten notes
    • a particular title and edition of textbook
    • drawing tools
    • a calculator, if specified on your timetable.
  3. Closed book - you will complete a written exam and cannot bring any reference materials.
  4. Practical - you will complete a non-written exam under the supervision of an examiner.
  5. Computer lab – you will complete a computer exam that may or may not include a written component.

Exam adjustments

Disability Services helps students who have a disability to access reasonable adjustments for exams. They can also help students who have a temporary condition or injury and require adjustments for their exam. Find out about registering with Disability Services.

If you have an exam adjustment, we will email you with information about your adjustment when exam timetables are released.

Exam clashes

When your timetable is generated, sometimes two or more exams will be scheduled at the same time and therefore clash. If this happens, we will schedule an alternative time for you to take your exam(s). We will email you to let you know this has happened. 

  • Two exams clash - you will take both exams on the same day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a least a 40-minute break in between.
  • Three exams clash - you will take two exams on the same day and the third exam on the following day.

You will sit your exam in the clash room (this will be on your timetable). This venue includes an exam room and a break-out room where you can store your belongings and study in-between your exams.

As you will be taking your exam at a different time to other students, to ensure the integrity of the examination some rules and regulations will also apply in the break-out room. You will not be permitted to:

  • leave the venue without a supervisor
  • use a smart or electronic device, including a phone, watch, tablet or laptop
  • access your bag after you are seated for the first exam
  • access the internet
  • communicate with any person inside or outside the clash room until after your final exam.

On the day you'll need to:

  • bring the letter you received from the Exams Office about the clash
  • bring written materials and text books to study from, laptops will not be permitted
  • bring any medication that you need, food and drinks, tea, coffee and water is provided.

You will not be able to contact your friends and family until after your second exam, so you may want to inform them of this before your exam.

Three exams on the same day

When your timetable is generated if you have three exams on the same day, we will schedule an alternative time for you to take one of the exams. We will email you to let you know this has happened.

As you will be taking your exam at a different time to other students, to ensure the integrity of the examination you will take a different exam and complete a statutory declaration form stating that you will not exchange exam information.

All exam rules and regulations will apply to you in this exam.

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.

Undergraduate recital examinations

Recitals are the main exam for performance students.

You need to be available throughout the examination period and attend your scheduled time.

Your recital can only be deferred if you're granted special consideration. Find out more about applying for special consideration. You will need to provide a medical certificate as part of your application.

If you have any questions or issues regarding the scheduling of your recital, contact your unit of study coordinator and the Conservatorium timetable coordinator at con.timetable@sydney.edu.au.

Other undergraduate forms, policies, guidelines and procedures relevant to your study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music can now be found on Canvas. You can download the recital program template to produce your own printed programs on the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Canvas site.

Postgraduate coursework students recital examinations

All postgraduate forms, policies, guidelines and procedures relevant to your study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music can now be found on Canvas.

Make sure you’re aware of the following exam requirements:

  • At the beginning of the examination semester, or in the semester before the examination, you need to contact your teacher and Unit of Study Coordinator to discuss your repertoire, performance requirements and the availability of associate artists/accompanists.
  • You can download the recital program template to produce your own printed programs on the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Canvas site. Provive at least four copies for the panel and stage management, with additional copies for the audience, if possible.
  • Recitals need to be keep within the time allotted. Your recital will be stopped if it runs overtime. If you have technical difficulties that will take longer than 5 mins to rectify, your recital will be postponed to the end of the recital day.
  • Recital examinations are automatically recorded for archival and quality assurance purposes. If you need to access your recording for any reason, please contact the Conservatorium production team. The recording cannot be uploaded onto any file sharing device.

Postgraduate research students

If you are undertaking the Master of Music (Performance) or the Doctor of Musical Arts (Performance or Conducting), you need to give notice of your final recital.

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