COVID-19 and your exams

Due to social distancing measures, end-of-session exams will occur online or be offered as a different assessment style.

Exams

Exam periods are part of the academic teaching calendar. You must sit your exams at the University-determined date and time during the exam period.

How to prepare for each exam type

Online take-home exam

An online take-home exam is where you are provided an exam file (like a PDF or Microsoft Word document) containing the questions and/or assessment items you need to answer to complete your exam.

Online exam

An online exam is where you use an online system or webpage to access the exam questions and submit your answers or responses.

Online practical exam

A practical exam is completed real-time with your lecturer using video conferencing systems like Zoom.

Online exam invigilation

Online exam invigilation will be available for exam types:

  • online exams
  • online practical exams

An online invigilated exam is where your exam session is supervised by a Charles Sturt University staff member. Your exam session is also recorded and reviewed for any student misconduct.

Find out more

Online study support

The Online Study Team is here to support you throughout your online exams. You can access a range of online workshops to get familiar with online exams or get one-on-one support at online appointments.

Get online study support

Technical support for online exams

With online exams, technical failures are bound to happen. If you experience any technical issues, go to the technical support page.

Get technical support

Sitting your exam and exam conduct

  • Exam conduct and behaviour

    You need to be aware of our exam rules as breaking any of them is a serious matter. To avoid potential penalties, refer to:

    Behaviour in exams

    You must:

    • read and follow the instructions on the exam materials
    • you will not be allowed additional time to complete this after the exam has ended.

    You must not:

    • let someone else sit the exam for you
    • use your phone or communicate with anyone else during the exam
    • copy or save any components of the exam
    • contact and work with other students to complete the exam
    • copy texts from subject content, readings, resources, websites and other materials to answer exam questions. You must write your own responses to questions in exams.

    Unauthorised materials

    You may face disciplinary action if you are found to be using unauthorised materials:

    Read further information on University Conduct.

  • Alternative exam arrangements

    For students who need new 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.

    For students who have arranged alternative exam arrangements

    Your exam timetable has been updated to include your alternative exam arrangements.

    Most alternative exam arrangements, such as sitting in your own room or needing extra time for your exams, this will be translated to the new online exam format.

    If you have other types of alternative exam arrangements and you’re unsure how these will work during the online exams, please email the Disability Services team.

  • 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.

  • Illness and special circumstances

    If you start to feel unwell during your exam and are unable to complete your exam, please contact your Subject Coordinator immediately.

    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 deferred 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.

Online exams frequently asked questions

  • What timezone will the exams be in?

    All exams will be in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) time zone.

    For example, if you have a 1.00pm (AEDT) exam on Tuesday 27 October 2020 and you live in Perth (WA), your exam will be at 10.00am (AWST) on Tuesday 27 October 2020. If you live in Brisbane (QLD) your exam would be at noon (AEST).

    If you live outside Australia, the date may even be different.

    Convert time zones

  • Will this change affect my progression/prerequisite requirements?

    As your exams or alternative assessments will still be completed before or through the scheduled exam period from Monday 19 Oct - Friday 30 Oct 2020, you’ll receive your grades at Session 2 grades release.

    If your exams are delayed, we're looking into prerequisite requirements for individual subjects for Session 2 and Session 3. There will be some flexibility for prerequisites given the current situation.

  • What happens if I have problems completing the exam online?

    If you have problems completing your online exam and do not submit your online exam in time, contact your Subject Coordinator as soon as possible.

    If you couldn’t complete your exam due to illness or misadventure, you have up to three working days after the exam date to apply for a deferred exam using Request for Special Consideration.

    You can request special consideration to:

    • Apply for a deferred exam to resit your exam in the next exam period
    • Apply for an approved withdrawal from the subject so you don’t receive a fail grade for the subject on your transcript.

    For medical reasons, complete the Charles Sturt University Student Medical Certificate form.

    For non-medical reasons, please advise your Subject Coordinator and attach third party evidence and a statutory declaration with your request.

  • Will there be a buffer of time provided in case I have technology issues when trying to do my exam?

    Technology time allowances will be given to most time-limited exams. If you receive technology time allowances, this will be added to your exam timetable in the coming weeks. Exam timetables will be released on Monday 24 August.

  • What if I currently receive support to complete my exams?

    We will continue to work with you on your study adjustment plans and how this changes due to exams going online.

  • Will I still have the study adjustments to complete my exams, as per my study access plan?

    Yes, will ensure study adjustment plans continue,  please ensure you talk this through with your support officer.

  • What support is available?

    Online study support

    The Online Study Team is here to support you throughout your online exams. You can access a range of online workshops to get familiar with online exams or get one-on-one support at online appointments. The workshops will cover important information about exam conduct and what you need to do to prepare for your online exams. There is also a drop-in session available where you can ask questions about upcoming online exams.

    Get online study support

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