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Scheduled examination dates

You are expected to be available throughout the published examination periods.

Dates Semester
20-  24 January 2020 Semester 2, 2019 deferred / supplementary exam period and Session 8 (Summer) centrally scheduled exam period
24 - 28 February 2020 Session 8 deferred / supplementary exam period
8 – 19 June 2020 Semester 1, 2020 centrally scheduled exam period
20 – 24 July 2020 Semester 1, 2020 deferred / supplementary exam period
2 – 13 November 2020 Semester 2, 2020 centrally scheduled exam period
18 – 21 January 2021 Semester 2, 2020 deferred / supplementary exam period and Session 8 (summer) centrally scheduled exam period

Please refer to the academic calendar for the scheduled examination dates for upcoming semesters.

Examination timetable

In Semester 1, 2020 students will be emailed their exam timetable at the end of week 10. Students will need to check their student email account for details.

Examination times

In Semester 1 2020 the session times will commence at 9am and 1pm. There will not be any evening sessions. Some course coordinators have elected to have their exam accessible over a longer period of time – where the exams team are aware of these arrangements, they will be noted on your exam timetable.

Permitted materials

All Semester 1, 2020 centrally scheduled exams will be open book exams.

Illness during an examination

If you become ill during an examination but wish to finish the examination:

  • attend a medical practitioner as soon as your examination is complete and obtain a medical certificate
  • once your final grade is released, you can complete an Application for Review of Grade form and give the details of your illness under the Special Consideration section.

If you become too ill during an examination to complete the examination:

  • attend a medical practitioner on the day of your examination and obtain a medical certificate
  • once your final grade is released, you can complete an Application for Review of Grade form and give the details of your illness under the Special Consideration section.
Alternative examination arrangements

If you require alternative exam arrangements on the basis of a medical condition and/or ongoing or temporary disabilities, you need to make a telephone call back appointment with an Ability Adviser through Student Hub.

Deferred examinations

If you, through medical or other exceptional circumstances, are unable to attend an examination at the required time, you may apply to sit for a deferred examination by completing the Application for Deferred Examination form.

Applications are made to Student Central and should normally be submitted prior to or within three working days of the examination date. See the grounds for approval of a deferred examination below.

Limits on deferred examinations

A deferred examination is a final opportunity for a student to sit their central examination at a specified later date in order to complete requirements for the course. The student must take this opportunity to sit their examination to complete the requirements of the course.

An examination may normally be deferred no more than once (after the original scheduled examination). If you are again unable to undertake the scheduled deferred examination, a further deferral will not normally be granted.

A student who does not sit for their deferred examination will receive zero marks for the examination.

If a student is unable to undertake a deferred examination and they can provide evidence to support exceptional or special circumstances they may submit an application for a Review of Final Grade on the basis of special consideration.

In Semester 1, 2020 the timetable for the centrally scheduled deferred/supplementary examination period will be emailed to students by Friday 10 July 2020.

View the scheduled examination dates at the top of this page for information on when the deferred/supplementary examination period will be held.

More information

For further information regarding the Deferred Examination process, please contact Student Central.

Grounds for approval of a deferred examination

The following are accepted as grounds for approval of a deferred examination by the Director, Student Central (or nominee) provided relevant independent supporting documentation is submitted with the application:

Grounds for application Supporting documentation required
Illness or serious health problem Have a qualified medical practitioner complete the USC Medical Certificate attached to the Application for Deferred Examination form before or on the day of the examination
Serious personal trauma A letter from a doctor, counsellor, funeral director, or police officer depending on the situation
Cultural or sporting commitment at State, National or International representative level Supporting documentation formally confirming the dates of the activity and your requirement to attend
Jury duty Supporting documentation formally confirming the dates of the activity and your requirement to attend
Defence Forces Reserve commitments Supporting documentation formally confirming the dates of the activity and your requirement to attend
Serious incapacity during the central examination period Have a qualified medical practitioner complete the USC Medical Certificate attached to the Application for Deferred Examination form before or on the day of the examination
Religious obligations Documentation to confirm your recognised affiliation with the religious group
Exceptional family, work or personal circumstances Documentation from an employer to confirm the nature of the work commitment to be undertaken at the time of the examination and why it is unavoidable (Note that ordinary work commitments will not be accepted as a reason for a deferred examination)

Approval to sit a deferred examination will not be granted where you could reasonably have been expected to avoid the circumstances of missing or performing poorly in an exam, for example:

  • holiday arrangements including international students returning home
  • misreading an examination timetable, or
  • social and leisure events including sporting or cultural commitments not at State, National or International representative level.

View the scheduled examination dates at the top of this page for information on when the deferred/supplementary examination period will be held.

Supplementary examinations

You will be offered supplementary assessment in a course if the following conditions apply:

  • your final mark is in the percentage range 47 per cent to 49.4 per cent
  • the course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
  • you have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

If you are granted a supplementary assessment, you will be given an interim grading notation of Supplementary Assessment - Exam (SU) or Supplementary Assessment – Other (SO).

In Semester 1, 2020 the timetable for the centrally scheduled deferred/supplementary examination period will be emailed to students by Friday 10 July 2020.

View the scheduled examination dates at the top of this page for information on when the deferred/supplementary examination period will be held.

If you are not granted supplementary assessment and believe you are entitled to supplementary assessment, you may request a review using the University’s Review of Grade process.

Procedures

Make sure you understand and comply with the procedures that apply to centrally scheduled University examinations.

Getting ready for online exams
Troubleshooting

Issues accessing your exam

  • If you are experiencing issues prior to logging into BlackBoard to start your exam – for example, internet or power outage – please record the nature of the issue and, if possible, get photographs/screenshots from your service provider website showing the outage. It would be worthwhile getting several captures to show the issue lasted throughout the exam session. Continue to keep trying to log-on while the exam link is available in your BlackBoard site. If you are unable to log in and do your exam at all, please submit an Application for Deferred Examination and include photographs/screenshots as evidence of the outage.
  • If you are experiencing issues with BlackBoard passwords, please contact the IT Student Help Desk.
  • If the link to access the exam is not working in BlackBoard, please contact your course coordinator.

Issues during your exam

  • If you experience issues during your exam with internet/power outages, please log back into BlackBoard and continue with your exam as soon as you can. BlackBoard will track times when you were logged in. If possible, please take a photograph or screenshot of your internet/electricity service providers page noting the outage. This will assist you if you are unable to log back into BlackBoard, and need to apply for a Review of Final Grade.
  • If there is a question in the exam that you don’t understand, please answer it as best you can, including any assumptions you made (if a short-answer or long-answer question). Some course coordinators may invite students to contact them via email during the exam – just be aware that you may not get an immediate response so should attempt to answer the question.