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What rules apply for online exams?

What to bring and permitted materials

Details of any extra materials you're allowed in the exam, such as a textbook, a calculator or a language dictionary will be listed in your end of semester exam timetable and your Canvas exam or test site. If you’re exam is supervised through ProctorU, approved materials will be checked by your proctor before the exam begins.

You can have water in the exam as long as it’s in a clear glass/bottle.

Otherwise you are only allowed materials that have been specified by your unit of study coordinator.

Calculators and linguistic dictionaries

Your unit of study coordinator will let you know if you’re allowed a calculator or dictionary in your exam.

Students from a non-English speaking background can use a standard linguistic dictionary in examinations. You will need to contact your unit of study coordinator.

Language translation plugins are not allowed for any online test or exam. Check that any language translation plugins in your browser are disabled before you start.

You are not allowed to have:

  • dictionaries that contain images of any kind. This includes dictionaries that have had pages with images torn out.
  • electronic dictionaries
  • dictionaries containing notes
  • standard English-to-English dictionaries
  • textbook-style dictionaries, such as an accounting dictionary
  • textbooks of any kind.

Additional rules for ProctorU supervised exams

Student card or government-issued ID required

This will be used to verify your identity. International students should use their passport or student card. Domestic students can use their passport, Australian driver license, proof of age card, or student card. When proceeding through identity checks, students who wear full-face veils are welcome to request a live proctor of a specific gender. Please use the 'chat now' button to do so.

Communication devices and headphones

You are not allowed to communicate with anyone else during an online test or exam. This means during a proctored test or exam, communication devices such as mobile and smartphones are not permitted in your exam environment (on your desk, or on your person).

Because headphones are often enabled for communication purposes, you are also not allowed to wear headphones.

If you are observed wearing headphones or any kind of earpiece that can be used for communication purposes, regardless of whether you are using it for this purpose, this will most likely be seen as an example of exam cheating and a breach of academic honesty.

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Last updated: 26 April 2021

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