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Familiarise yourself with the instructions, processes and expectations governing in-semester tests and end of semester exams.


COVID-19 update: on-campus exams

On-campus exams continue to go ahead as scheduled.

In line with the Public Health Order released on Wednesday 23 June 2021, you must wear a mask when undertaking an exam on campus unless you qualify for an exemption. If you believe you qualify for an exemption, please advise the Chief Invigilator on arrival at your exam.

Read the latest information on our Coronavirus (COVID-19): University of Sydney advice page.

Preparing for online exams

To keep students safe and minimise disruption to studies, we continue to schedule all our tests and exams online. If you have an in-semester test or end of semester exam scheduled you will complete it through Canvas either as a take-home quiz or assignment, an open-book exam, or under supervised conditions using an online platform called ProctorU.

When exam timetables are released, your timetable will include details on the type of exams you will be sitting. You should refer to the Canvas site for each of your units for more details on what format the exams or assignments will be in.

Types of exams

Your unit of study outlines include information on the types of assessment you will need to complete for your unit.

  • Live+ (ProctorU) (Type A)
  • Record+ (ProctorU) (Type B)
  • Open book (Type C)
  • Take-home short release (Type D) – short take home exam up to three hours duration
  • Take-home long release (Type E) – long take home exam, usually completed over 1-2 days

Booking a spot on campus

If you do not have adequate space or technology to sit your exam off campus, there will be limited space on campus you may be able to access to take your exam using a University computer. As numbers are limited, you should only apply for this option if you've explored all other alternatives. If you have an exam supervised through ProctorU you can book to sit your exam on campus. If you have an open book exam you can book a space in the Library. Headphones are required if you sit an exam in a library space.

If you are registered with Inclusion and Disability Services and have exam adjustments in place for an exam e.g. extra time, a scribe, specific furniture or software, you should submit an online enquiry, making sure you reference 'on-campus registration' in the 'What is your enquiry about' field. The Exams office will then be in touch to make the appropriate arrangements for you.

If you wish to sit an open-book exam on campus even though you don't have any relevant adjustments requiring you to do so, you can just follow the process to book a space in the library.

If you are unable to come on to campus but you feel your technology will prevent you from completing an exam online, you can apply for Special consideration.

Adjustments for online exams

Inclusion and 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 Inclusion and Disability Services.

Common adjustments converted for online delivery are outlined here. The Inclusion and Disability Services team are actively working on more complex cases not covered by common adjustments.

If you have a condition or circumstance that will affect you taking your exam in the short-term, just for a day, a week, or a few months, you may be able to apply for Special consideration.

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Last updated: 06 December 2021

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