Exams

Exam periods are part of the academic teaching calendar which is generally available 12 months in advance. You must sit your exams at the University determined date and time and this could be anywhere in that exam period.

Your responsibilities at exam time

  1. Ensure your exam centre is correct, before the deadline for change requests.
  2. Know the location of your exam venue.
  3. Ensure you are on time for your exam.
  4. Present your Charles Sturt ID card at the exam venue.
  5. Comply with all exam conditions and instructions from the exam supervisors.

Sitting your exam

  • Your exam centre

    Exam Centre (venue) requirements vary with your study mode.

    Studying only online subjects

    We will allocate your exam centre based on your current address. It is your responsibility to check and nominate an alternate centre by the cut-off date provided from the existing Charles Sturt University Exam Centres. If one isn't available within 120 km of your residential location, contact Student Central as soon as possible.

    We will contact you at the start of each session to let you know your current exam centre. The message will include further details on how to nominate an alternate exam centre and the cut-off date for the upcoming exam period. Remember, if you miss the cut-off time we may not be able to change your exam centre, and fees may apply.

    Once the final timetable is released, you will receive detailed information about your exam centre and your exam schedule in your personal exam timetable. After checking your personal exam timetable information, if you need to amend your Exam Centre, complete the Exam Centre change request form.

    Studying both on campus and online subjects

    Your exam centre will be allocated based on the CSU campus that you are studying your internal subjects.

    Studying only on-campus subjects

    Your exam centre will be allocated based on the main campus you are studying your subjects.

    Studying on-campus subjects and you need to be away from campus during the exam period due to your Charles Sturt University subject requirements?

    Generally, students studying on campus are unable to change their exam centre. However, we understand that some subject requirements may require you to be away from campus during the exam period. For example:

    • Students on placement
    • Elite Athletes
    • Defence Force

    If this is your case, contact Student Central for advice. You will need to notify us at least six weeks before the exam date to request a change of exam venue. After this date, we cannot guarantee alternate arrangements can be made.

  • Timetable

    Dates for the exam periods are published at least 12 months ahead. End of session exams can only be sat in this specified exam period, so it is important to plan ahead. Exams cannot be rescheduled for work, travel or personal reasons.

    Exam Timetable release dates 2020 and 2021

    Session Timetable Release Date Exam Period
    Session 1 (202030) 13 April 2020 9 - 19 June 2020
    Session 2 (202060) 24 August 2020 19 - 30 October 2020
    Session 3 (202090) 14 December 2020 8 - 12 February 2021

    Important Dates for Session 1 (202030) Exams

    DateDetails
    2 March 2020 List of Exam Centres available. Nominate your Exam Centre online.
    9 April 2020 Online Exam Centre nomination closed. To request a change to your Exam Centre when the online Exam Centre nomination is closed, you will need to submit a Request to Change my Exam Centre form.  Your Exam Centre will be displayed on your personal exam timetable, when the timetable is released.
    13 April 2020  Exam Timetable published. Notification will be sent to your email address to access your personal exam timetable.
    24 April 2020  Last day to change your Exam Centre without incurring a fee.
    22 May 2020 Deadline for all Exam Centre changes. No changes permitted after today.
    9 - 19 June 2020  Exam Period
    10 July 2020 Session 1 (202030) Grades released.

    Important Dates for Session 2 (202060) Exams

    DateDetails
    13 July 2020 List of Exam Centres available. Nominate your Exam Centre online.
    20 August 2020 Online Exam Centre nomination closed.  To request a change to your Exam Centre when the online Exam Centre nomination is closed, you will need to submit a Request to Change my Exam Centre form. Your Exam Centre will be displayed on your personal exam timetable, when the timetable is released.
    24 August 2020 Exam Timetable published. Notification will be sent to your email address to access your personal exam timetable.
    4 September 2020 Last day to change your Exam Centre without incurring a fee.
    2 October 2020 Deadline for all Exam Centre changes. No changes permitted after today.
    19 - 30 October 2020 Exam Period.
    13 November 2020 Session 2 (202060) Grades released.

    Important Dates for Session 3 (202090) Exams

    DateDetails
    16 November 2020 List of Exam Centres available. Nominate your Exam Centre online.
    4 December 2020 Online Exam Centre nomination closed.  To request a change to your Exam Centre when the online Exam Centre nomination is closed, you will need to submit a Request to Change my Exam Centre form. Your Exam Centre will be displayed on your personal exam timetable, when the timetable is released.
    14 December 2020 Exam Timetable published. Notification will be sent to your email address to access your personal exam timetable.
    31 December 2020 Last day to change your Exam Centre without incurring a fee.
    22 January 2021 Deadline for all Exam Centre changes. No changes permitted after today.
    8 -12 February 2021 Exam Period.
    26 February 2021 Session 3 (202090) Grades released.

    Your personal exam timetable

    When the exam timetable has been released, view your personal exam timetable to see the date, time and venue for your upcoming exams. Changes can happen right up until the exam period so make sure you check your timetable the week before your exams and again the night before your exams. Misreading your timetable is not grounds for Special Consideration.

    Exam Clashes

    An exam clash is defined as two exams scheduled on the same date commencing at the same time or more than six exams in the same exam period.

    Two exams scheduled on the same date, with different start times is not a clash.

    Exam clashes are identified when the final exam timetable is released and we will contact you if you have an exam clash.  The clash will be resolved (by Student Administration) and an updated timetable will be available to you within 2 weeks.  Contact Student Central if you have any questions.

  • Alternative exam arrangements

    If you have a disability, medical condition or a temporary injury, our Disability Liaison Officers can assist you in determining whether the standard examination conditions can be altered to meet your specific needs. The arrangements can be temporary for this exam period only or in effect for the duration of your study.

    If you believe you require alternative exam arrangements, please contact Disability Services.

    IMPORTANT: Assessment of your needs and determination of alternate exam arrangements takes time, and there is a deadline for those arrangements to be in place. Contact a Disability Liaison Officer to start the process as early as possible in the year or session.

    If you have a temporary injury, you need to consider whether a better option for you is to apply for a supplementary exam on the Request for Special Consideration.

    We will confirm the alternative exam arrangements in place for you via your personal exam timetable.

    Alternative Exam Arrangements deadlines

    Final Date for alternate exam arrangements to be in place:

    • Session 1 (202030): 24 April 2020
    • Session 2 (202060): 4 September 2020
    • Session 3 (202090): 18 December 2020
  • Managing exam stress

    There are a number of things you can do to help manage exam anxiety and turn uncomfortable, panicky thoughts into more creative tension.

    Find out how to manage your stress.

  • Exam day

    What you must bring to your exam

    • Your student ID card. If you have lost your student ID card, you can bring another form of photo ID.
    • Writing instruments (for example, pens, pencils, eraser, whiteout, and ruler)

    What you can take into the exam venue

    • A small clear bottle of water.
    • A small handbag, wallet or purse. It must be placed on the floor next to your desk and not accessed during the exam.
    • Prescribed materials specified by the Subject Coordinator. This may include calculators, textbooks/reference materials, dictionaries (printed and unmarked only).

    What you can't take into the exam venue

    The following items are considered unauthorised materials and are not permitted in the exam venue.

    • Mobile phones or other electronic communication devices (including smart glasses).
    • Watches of any kind, including standard watches, smartwatches, hybrid watches and fitness trackers.
    • iPads, tablets and MP3 music/media devices.
    • Cigarettes, food or drink (except for a small clear bottle of water).
    • Briefcases, attaché cases, shopping bags, backpacks or similar.
    • Highlighter pens (unless included in the prescribed materials specified by the Subject Coordinator) and textas.

    Where to leave your bag

    Bags must be stored in each exam venue as directed by the Supervisor. This may be outside the venue. If this is the case, the University accepts no responsibility for items that you leave outside an exam venue.

    We recommend that you do not bring any unauthorised material to the venue.

    Leaving the exam

    You will not be able to leave the exam room in the first 30 minutes of the exam or the last 15 minutes of the exam.

    If you are ready to leave your exam early, raise your hand and wait for an exam supervisor to collect your materials and advise that you can go. Once you have left the examination room you will not be allowed to re-enter.

  • Exam conduct and behaviour

    You need to be aware of our exam rules as breaking any of them is a serious matter. Exam supervisors are there to ensure the exam is conducted fairly and appropriately. To avoid potential penalties, you will need to obey their instructions.

    Behaviour in the exam

    You must:

    • sit in the seat listed for you;
    • read and follow the instructions on the exam materials;
    • ensure you add your student ID number and name to the exam paper where indicated when the exam commences.  You will not be allowed additional time to complete this after the exam has ended;
    • follow all instructions from the exam supervisor.

    You must not:

    • talk once you enter the exam room, unless you need to speak to a supervisor;
    • use offensive, aggressive, derogatory or insulting language when speaking to a supervisor;
    • communicate in any way with other students;
    • disturb other students or disrupt the exam;
    • let someone else sit the exam for you;
    • borrow or lend materials to another student;
    • copy from other students;
    • leave an exam during the first 30 minutes of the exam or last 15 minutes of the exam;
    • leave an exam until all of your exam materials have been collected by a supervisor;
    • remove an examination question paper from the exam venue, unless authorised to do so by the supervisor.

    Unauthorised materials

    You may face disciplinary action if you are found with unauthorised materials:

    • on or next to your desk or chair
    • in or on your clothing
    • on your body
    • in your wallet/purse/bag.

    Read further information on University Conduct.

  • Trouble attending your exam?

    There is help available if you run into trouble attending your exam or while you're sitting your exam.

    Running late

    If you arrive within the first 30 minutes of the exam, you will be permitted to enter the venue and commence your exam. However, you will not receive any additional time to complete the exam.

    If you arrive more than 30 minutes after the start of the exam, you will not be permitted to enter the exam venue. You will not be able to sit your exam. If you are late due to misadventure, you can submit a Request for Special Consideration within three working days of the exam date.

    Illness and special circumstances

    If you cannot attend your exam due to illness or misadventure, you have up to three working days after the exam date to apply for a supplementary exam using Request for Special Consideration and Charles Sturt University Student Medical Certificate form.

    If you choose to submit a Request for Special Consideration and the circumstances are not medical, please advise your Subject Coordinator and attach third party evidence and a statutory declaration with your request.

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