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.

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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 proctored exam

An online proctored exam is where you use an online system or webpage to access the exam questions and submit your answers or responses. Your exam session is also recorded and reviewed for any student misconduct.

Online practical exam

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

Online learning 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 learning support

Technical support for online exams

There will be real-time technical support for online exams. The online exams technical support page will be updated prior to your exams with how you can access a dedicated helpline.

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 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.

Online exams frequently asked questions

  • What timezone will the exams be in?

    All exams will be in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) time zone.

    For example, if you have a 1:00pm (AEST) exam on Tuesday 9 June 2020 and you live in Perth (WA), your exam will be at 11:00am (AWST) on Tuesday 9 June 2020. 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 Tuesday 9 June to Friday 19 June, you’ll receive your grades at Session 1 grades release.

    If your exams are delayed, we're looking into prerequisite requirements for individual subjects in Session 2 and we'll have more information about this next week as well. 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 supplementary exam using Request for Special Consideration.

    You can request special consideration to:

    • Apply for a supplementary exam to resit your exam in the next exam period in October 2020
    • 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?

    Due to this being the first time Charles Sturt students have had online exams, there will be technology time allowances given to most time-limited exams. If you receive technology time allowances, this will be added to your exam timetable in the coming weeks. The initial timetable release on Wednesday 29 April will not display these technology allowances.

  • 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.

  • Why have some students got updates about their exams and I haven’t?

    Some subject outlines are starting to be updated and there may be more information available through your subject outlines about your final exam assessments before Wednesday 29 April.

    If you have some form of exam-style assessment during the exam period, from Tuesday 9 June to Friday 19 June, you will receive details through your exam timetable on Wednesday 29 April. The update will have the dates and times for your exams and how the exams will be conducted. After the timetable is released, you’ll also receive more information about how to complete your online exams leading up to the exam period.

    Student Central notes: lookup subject outlines to check if they have been updated with details of alternative assessments, online exams or deferred. Subject coordinators should have updated subject outlines by Friday 17 April and we will advise all Faculties about the Wednesday 29 April exam timetable update commitment to students. If students haven’t received updated details in subject outlines yet, refer them to their subject coordinators.

  • What support is available?

    Online learning 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 what the exam changes are, the different exam formats, what you’ll need, how to use Examity and important information about exam conduct. There is also a drop-in session available where you can ask questions about upcoming online exams.

    Get learning support

    Technical support for online exams

    There will be real-time technical support for online exams. The online exams technical support page will be updated prior to your exams with how you can access a dedicated helpline.

    Get technical support

  • If I don’t have an exam listed on the timetable, when will I know what I need to do for that subject?

    For Session 1 2020 subjects, your Interact2 subject sites will be updated with your new assessment details as you’ll no longer have an exam during the exam period.

    If you have a supplementary or additional exam (SX or AE) from a previous session, further details about where to access and submit your exam will be emailed to you in the coming weeks.

How do I check my exam details?

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