Examination Information

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Students enrolled in ON campus units are required to sit their examinations on campus at UNE Armidale.

Should you have any concerns about the Examination Policy or conditions please contact the Examinations Unit via AskUNE or by phoning the UNE Student Central on 02 6773 2000.

Examination Timetable

Your personalised examination timetable provided to you in myUNE includes the date, start time and duration (either 2 hours and 15 minutes or 3 hours and 15 minutes) for each of your examinations, as well as the venue details and instructions for your nominated examination venue.

All examinations are held local time, so if your examination timetable shows a 9.15 am start for your examination in Paris, then it will start at 9.15 am Paris time. Some external venues have start times which are slightly different to the examination timetable, so it is essential that you read the venue instructions carefully.

Be sure to click on the venue button in your timetable to obtain up-to-date venue details and instructions as some external venues have slightly different start times, and venues do change from one examination period to another.

All time allowed for an examination is ‘working time’, including the first 15 minutes. There is no designated ‘reading time’, though it is highly recommended that you take the time to read the examination paper carefully.

Should your timetable be missing any information please contact the Examinations Unit as above as soon as possible. Allowances cannot be made for candidates who don’t read or misread their examination or venue information.

ID Cards

Candidates must present their student ID card or some other official photo identification, when attending examinations.

Change of Examination Centre (Off Campus Students Only)

If you need to change your examination centre, please contact the Examinations Unit immediately via AskUNE so that you can be allocated to a new examination venue. You should do this as soon as you are aware of the need for a change to give us time to make the arrangements for you. Requests to change examination centre which are made within 5 calendar weeks of the first day of the examination period (not necessarily 5 weeks prior to your first examination) will incur a A$50 administration fee. Note that examination centre change requests made 7 days prior to the start of the examination period may be rejected at the discretion of Examinations staff. All late examination centre changes incur the risk that the material will not arrive at the new examination venue in time for your examination.

Cheating in Examinations

The University considers that improper conduct in examinations is a serious offence and candidates caught cheating may incur the penalties of exclusion from the University for one year and/or cancellation of any credit received in the examination for that unit. If a candidate is detected cheating on more than one occasion the policy is expulsion from the University.

Electronic devices including mobile phones, iPads, iPods, cameras, Kindles or any type of recording device are not permitted in examination rooms. Mobile phone detectors may be in use at your examination venue. If you are found in possession of notes of any kind, or any device or material that is not permitted, even if you did not intend to bring them into the room, you will be held responsible and this will be treated as Academic Misconduct.

No conversation is permitted in the examination room except with an examination Supervisor. Candidates who wish to consult a Supervisor should raise their hand.


If you have a disability, or should you sustain an injury which will make it difficult for you to attend or complete your examination you should contact Student Assist as soon as possible via 02 6773 2897 or AskUNE. You will need to provide relevant supporting medical documentation and where possible, special arrangements will be made to allow you to complete your examination.

Examination Venues

You should make yourself familiar with the location of your examination centre and room. If you have any doubts about arrangements please contact your supervisor. However, in view of the numbers involved, if you are sitting at one of the larger centres (ie Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane) you are asked not to contact your supervisor unless absolutely necessary. In the case of other centres, students should take particular notice of any instructions shown in the notes section regarding contact with supervisors as many require confirmation of attendance. You should allow yourself adequate time in which to arrive at the centre and locate your examination room. Some external venues have slightly different start times, so it is essential that you read the venue instructions carefully.


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.

  • 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.


Not all UNE examinations allow the use of a calculator, but where they are permitted, your unit coordinator should let you know prior to your examination and the examination paper will have this clearly stated on the front page. Where calculators are permitted, there are restrictions on the models allowed. If you bring a calculator that is not on the list of permitted models, you will not be permitted to use it and a replacement will not be provided, so it is important that you take note of these restrictions.

Please ensure that you note this requirement and check the current listing should you need to purchase a calculator for your studies at UNE. Mobile phones may not be used as calculators.

Should your calculator be defaced in such a way that the model number is not clearly visible to the exam supervisor, they will treat it as an unauthorised model and confiscate it.

Final Grades

Results will be available in myUNE on the official release date and they will also be emailed to your UNE email address. These results will be the final grade for the entire unit, not the actual examination mark. If you wish to query your final grade, or you want your actual mark achieved in the examination, then you should contact your unit coordinator directly.

Sitting Examinations in Accordance with UNE Examination Policy

UNE expects that you will make yourself available for your examinations. Examination period start and end dates are available at least 12 months in advance via the Principal Dates website. All candidates, regardless of their commitments are required to sit their examinations on the dates and times specified. If you are unable to attend due to unforeseen events beyond your control, you may be eligible to apply for special examinations (see below).

Failure to Attend Examinations

Candidates who do not present themselves for examinations in a unit and who have not withdrawn from that unit shall be deemed to have failed incomplete (NI) unless they apply for and are granted a special examination.

Special Examinations and Special Consideration

If you have been prevented from sitting an examination by illness or other unavoidable causes you may be eligible to apply for a Special Examination which means that, if approved, your examination would then be held in the next formal examination period.

If you sit an examination but feel that there were circumstances prior to or during the examination which affected your performance in the examination, you may be eligible to apply for Special Consideration which, if approved, means that the marker will take your situation into account when marking. This is worth a maximum of 3% of the total mark.

Applications must include a medical certificate or other relevant independent evidence to prove your case or they will not be considered. Time limits for applications apply and except in very special cases, applications received later than five days after your final examination may not be considered.