Exams can be a stressful part of studying at Uni, but good preparation can help you manage the stress and do well. Start by checking the date, time, and venue of the exam, and any alarms and notifications you’ve set for these. Missing an exam because you were confused about the time will not get you a replacement exam.

Find out what topics will be covered in your exam, the type of exam and the rules for that particular exam. Do this even if you have attempted the subject before, as things may have changed this semester.

Your unit of study outline might show you the most important topics, or you could ask your lecturer or tutor where you should focus your study. There might also be previous exam questions in the library, for you to use as practice.

If the exam is online, make sure you are familiar with ProctorU, and conduct a test session to ensure that your computer, the space you are working in, and your internet are appropriate for the exam. Alternatively book a room in the library or ask your subject coordinator if you can do the exam on campus. If you experience technical issues during an online exam, document the problems in every way you can (lots of photos, videos, screenshots) and apply for Special Consideration within three working days of the exam. Double check the names of files you are uploading to ensure you are submitting the current document for your exam. Many exams have ten to fifteen minutes of ‘upload time’. Do not use this time to write more; use this time to ensure your files are saved correctly, and upload them with time to spare.

It is also important to be familiar with the University’s policy on academic honesty. The University uses a variety of methods to detect academic dishonesty such as plagiarism, or access to unauthorised materials during an exam. If you receive an academic honesty allegation from your Faculty regarding an exam, contact the SRC Caseworkers for confidential advice.

If you are unwell on the date of the exam, or if your performance is impacted by an illness, injury, or misadventure that was unexpected and beyond your control, you can apply for Special Consideration, even if it is a replacement exam. Special Consideration applications must be submitted within three working days of the exam date, and you must provide appropriate supporting documents. See the SRC’s website for more information about Special Consideration.

If you think you have been given an incorrect mark for your exam, you have the right to lodge an appeal. See the SRC’s website for information about appealing a grade.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a caseworker. We are happy to help.


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