Examinations

Student Responsibilities

As a student you are responsible for:

  • Knowing where your exam is
  • Being on time for your exam
  • Producing photo ID (your student card, driver's licence or passport) at the examination
  • Checking your UNE email account regularly and accessing your exam information online when it becomes available
  • Nominating an examination centre when enrolling
  • Advising Student Central immediately should you require a change to your nominated examination centre. This needs to be in writing via AskUNE
  • Contacting Student Central (02 6773 2000 or AskUNE) if you believe you have examinations and have not received advice of this within four weeks of the start of the examination period.

MOBILE PHONES, iPods and other electronic devices are not permitted in an examination room. Failure to comply with this rule may be regarded as Student Misconduct, for which penalties can apply.

Exam Dates

When the exam timetable is completed, an email will be sent to your UNE email address advising you to access your exam information online in MyUNE. Check the expected dates for exam timetables to be released each trimester.

You are required to attend your exams as scheduled, we are unable to change the date and/or time of your paper exam. Dates for future exam periods can be accessed via the Principal Dates page.

If you believe that you have exams at the end of the trimester and have not received advice of these arrangements contact the Exams Office.

Exam Conduct

Proper examination conduct is expected of all students during exams.  It is expected that you will leave any unauthorised materials or devices outside or at home, and that you will not communicate in any way with other students during the exam.

For Online Supervised Exams, it is expected that students will not leave the view of the webcam.  Absences away from the webcam will be reported as possible misconduct and (following proper investigation) UNE reserves the right not to mark any work completed after an absence from the view of the webcam.

The penalties for misconduct include loss of credit for the exam, loss of credit for the entire unit and/or exclusion from the university.  Should you experience any problem during your exam, or witness any inappropriate behaviour please seek immediate assistance from the exam supervisor or contact the Exams Office via AskUNE or phone 02 6773 2000 after the exam.

You can also contact our Student Grievance Unit (anonymously if you wish) to report cheating or inappropriate conduct at any time by phone 02 6773 4260.

Be sure to hand in all exam material at the end of your exam, including the question paper. Should you leave the room with the question paper or other material, the penalty is a loss of credit for any exam answers, even though the answers may not have left the room. This may lead to you receiving a fail grade for the unit.

For important information about examination rules and proper conduct, please read the Exam Information and Exam Room Instructions documents.

Exams for Students Enrolled Online (External)

Exams for off campus students are held at a nominated established exam centre or using the Online Supervised Exam. Students within Australia are required to travel up to 120 km to an Australian exam centre.

You can request to change your exam centre by submitting the Change My Exam Centre Form or contacting the Exam Office via AskUNE or calling (02) 6773 2000 as soon as you are aware of any requirement to change your exam centre.

To change your exam centre within five weeks of the start of the exam period, a fee applies (for paper-based exams) to action this change. Requests to change your exam centre (for paper-based exams) made within 7 days of the start of the exam period will not be actioned for that exam period.

Exams for Students Enrolled On Campus

Students who are enrolled in units as an On campus student are required to attend their exams in Armidale or using the Online Supervised Method, preventing us from changing your exam to another venue for these units.

On Campus Students on prac or other university approved activity for the date of their exam may apply to the Exam Officeto sit these exam at an external venue. Contact us via AskUNE as soon as you are aware of this requirement as fees do apply to late changes (within five weeks of the start of the exam period)

Exams Overseas

If you are outside of Australia for your exam you will be required to travel up to 300 km to an established overseas exam centre. UNE charge AU$200 per exam arranged at an overseas exam venue. The fee will not be applied to students sitting an Online Supervised Exam.

If you have an overseas exam venue and you have arranged to sit your exam online instead or do not intend to sit your exams, you must contact the Exams Office at UNE as soon as possible to advise us of your intentions if you wish to avoid any unnecessary fees.

Costs for Exams

Outline of Exam Fees

Late Exam Centre Change:

Where the request is received within 5 calendar weeks of the first day of the exam period.

Changing your exam centre  to Online during this time will not incur a fee.

$50 per change. Contact the Exams Office via AskUNE to request a change of exam centre or use the Change my Exam Centre Form.

An invoice will be sent to your UNE email during the first week of the exam period with payment details.

Payment is not required before your exam but must be cleared prior to the release of results.

Overseas Exam Centre:

Sitting the Online Supervised Exam will not incur a fee.

$200 per exam. Contact the Exams Office via AskUNE to request an overseas exam centre.

An invoice will be sent to your UNE email during the first week of the exam period with payment details.

Payment is not required before your exam but must be cleared prior to the release of results.

Challenge Exams   (on approval of application to the relevant School to recognise prior learning)$495 at any established UNE exam venue Fee must be paid at least 6 weeks prior to the examination period
Special Exams/Special Consideration

All students must sit their exams as scheduled in the examination timetable.  It is not possible to change your exam dates or times for personal reasons.

If you are unable to attend an exam because of illness or other unforeseen circumstances, such as a change in work requirements, you may be eligible for a Special Exam. If approved, this means your exam would then be held during the following Trimesters examination period.

If you sat your exam, but your performance was affected by illness or other unforeseen circumstances, you may be eligible for Special Consideration (up to an additional 3% applied when marking).

To apply for a Special Exam or Special Consideration you must:

  1. Complete the relevant forms.
  2. Attach supporting documentary evidence.
  3. Submit these to the Exams Office via AskUNE according to the deadlines.
  4. Inform your exam supervisor that you will not be attending (in the case of a special exam).
Use of Dictionaries in Examinations

Previous to Trimester 1 2016, translation dictionaries were permitted in most exams where the student’s first language was not English.

This rule has now changed and translation dictionaries are no longer permitted unless they are specifically allowed as a permitted text for the specific examination. It is expected that dictionaries will NOT be permitted for most exams.

Where your lecturer has explicitly allowed the use of a translation dictionary for the exam, there are rules you will need to follow. Translation dictionaries are specialised dictionaries used to translate words from one language to another (eg English to Chinese). No other types of dictionaries are permitted.

* ELECTRONIC DICTIONARIES ARE NOT PERMITTED
* Monolingual dictionaries (eg Oxford English, Macquarie English etc) are not permitted
* Subject specific dictionaries (eg Dictionary of Economics) are not permitted.

Dictionaries should be free of all notes/annotations. Any dictionary found to have notes will be used as evidence of Academic Misconduct (Cheating) for which penalties apply. If you borrow a dictionary, it is your responsibility to ensure that there are no notes written in the dictionary, as you will be held responsible for any notes found.

If you are sitting your examination at an external venue, you will need to present your dictionary to the examination supervisor for checking prior to the examination.

If you are sitting your examination on campus, your dictionary will be checked by supervisors during the examination.

Any student found to be using a dictionary without permission will be deemed to be cheating.

The policy governing the use of dictionaries will be waived in the case of Open Book examinations.