Before and during your exams

We're here to support you with important information on preparing for and attending your exams. 

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Exam timetable

Your personal exam timetable is published on studentConnect and the UWA app five weeks before end of semester exams and four weeks before end of trimester exams.

It will display the date, time and mode or venue for each of your exams.

The exam start times are 9am and 2pm Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

If the venue for your exam says ‘SCHOOL – Examination organised by School’, contact the school teaching the unit for your exam venue information.

We cannot provide timetable information over the phone.

See exam rules below.

Semester 1, 2020 & Semester 1 Supplementary and deferred exam modes

Online exams are scheduled for no more than two hours in line with University policy. All online exams will be allocated an additional 15 minutes regardless of scheduled length to provide additional time due to the transition online.



Online Examplify (ExamSoft)

Examplify is an online assessment platform that allows you to securely sit exams on your Mac or Windows desktop or laptop, using a camera and microphone, by blocking access to files, programs and the internet during your exam. This means you'll complete your assessment in a secure, stable and offline environment.

You'll download your exam prior to the exam day and be given a secure password to access the exam at the scheduled exam time. After the exam, you will upload your answers.

For more information on ExamSoft, visit our FAQ page.

  • Technical requirements

    Find out about the technology you will need for your exams.

    To look up specifications on Windows:

    1. Right click on the Windows Start menu icon on the bottom left-hand side of your screen.
    2. Click on System from the settings screen.
    3. Click About on the left-hand side menu in the System Screen. Your computer specifications will now display.

    To look up specifications on Mac

    1. Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your Mac.
    2. This will bring up a drop-down menu. Select the top option: About this Mac.
    3. The resulting window will show you the information you need, with an overview and separate tabs to provide additional details.
  • Mock exam

    It is compulsory that all students enrolled in units using Examplify complete the mock exam. The mock exam is used to capture your image for ID verification during Semester 1 exams and helps you familiarise yourself with the system and check technical requirements. You do not need your Student ID as the system captures your image for ID verification during the exam. The mock exam takes 10 minutes, and is a generic exam for all students and is therefore not marked. You'll be sent an email on the process involved.

  • Opting out (6 - 20 June, 2020 exams only)

    The opportunity to opt out of Examplify exams has closed. If extenuating circumstances exist for not meeting the opt out deadline, submit a request for special consideration with appropriate documentation outlining the circumstances by Thursday 28 May. If you don’t sit your Examplify assessment and don’t have extenuating circumstances for opting out passed the deadline, a fail will be recorded against the scheduled assessment.

Online Blackboard (LMS)

Blackboard is the platform used for the Learning Management System (LMS), the online home of your unit materials and where you submit assessments. You may have already used Blackboard for mid-semester tests and other activities.

  • Technical requirements

    Your exam on Blackboard requires a device that can access the internet throughout the exam and can access the LMS as you have for online learning during the semester.

Alternative assessment

Your Unit Coordinator will publish the alternative assessment format, including take-home exams, through the Unit LMS. The duration and timelines for the assessment item will be provided by your Unit Coordinator.

Preparing for your online exam

We understand that, for many of you, online exams and the platforms used will be a new experience. We have created an Online exam support page of resources and tools to help you prepare for online exams and familiarise yourself with the platforms.

Past exam papers

Past exam papers are available to staff and students via OneSearch.

 

During the exam

Online exams may feel different from an exam on campus, but many principles remain the same:

  • be ready early
  • check you have the right resources 
  • ensure you can access the exam/log in

We have developed some useful tips for sitting both LMS Blackboard and Examplify exams.

The below exam rules are for the two modes of online exams and will also appear at the start of each exam.

  • examination notice - Rules for Examplify

    These are the exam rules you'll see when you start your Examplify exam.

    Unwell and unable to sit the exam

    If you are feeling sick prior to starting your exam, do not start the exam in Examplify, as this will register your intention to sit the exam and then you may not be eligible to apply for special consideration. Consult a medical practitioner as soon as you can before applying for special consideration. Note, for special consideration during an exam, you will need to supply a supporting letter from a medical practitioner.

    Unwell during exam

    If you're feeling sick during your exam and feel you are too sick to continue, stop working on your exam and click the blue ‘Finish’ tab at the bottom right-hand side of the exam. On the following screen, click on the check box and press the green ‘Submit Exam’ tab. Consult a medical practitioner as soon as you can and apply for special consideration. Please note, for special consideration during an exam, you will need to supply a supporting letter from a medical practitioner.

    Error or comment on exam paper

    If you have a question or comment about the exam paper or would like to alert your unit coordinator to a perceived error, select the notes box and type in your comments. You must click the checkbox ‘Request Feedback’ within the notes box to indicate you want feedback from your unit coordinator. Include a comment in your working, if appropriate, to indicate how you interpreted the question. If applicable, your comments may be taken into account when marking. No action can be taken during the exam. You are advised to answer to the best of your ability and are assured that you will not be disadvantaged if there is an error on the question paper.

    Food and water

    Only water in a transparent bottle without a label is permitted. Food cannot be consumed during the exam unless you have been authorised to do so.

    Leaving the exam for any reason

    Two-hour exam

    You must not complete and submit the exam or leave your desk (e.g. go to the toilet) during the first 30 minutes of the exam.

    For exams of one hour or less

    For exams with a duration of one hour or less, toilet breaks are not permitted. If you need to temporarily leave the exam while it is in progress due to extenuating circumstances i.e. a toilet break, make a note of the time and email your Student Advising Office immediately after the exam to notify them of the exam incident and what happened. Please note, the exam timeframe will not change as the exam clock doesn’t stop. You will still only have until the normal exam finish time.

    Timer and alarm

    A timer is visible throughout the exam. An alarm will alert you five minutes before the end of the exam.

    Exam time

    The exam file will be visible for the published duration of the exam on the timetable plus 15 minutes (e.g. 2 hours and 15 minutes from the published start time for a two-hour exam) after which the exam will automatically close. If you complete the exam early, click the blue ‘Finish’ tab at the bottom right-hand side of the exam and then, on the following screen, click on the checkbox and press the green ‘Submit Exam’ tab. If you have trouble submitting your Examplify exam file after the exam, contact your Student Advising Office via askUWA immediately.

    Some Examplify exams will require you to upload your handwritten working to LMS within a defined time window after you have pressed the ‘Submit Exam’ tab or at the formal end of the exam (whichever comes first). Only submissions made and documents uploaded in the allocated time will be marked. If you have trouble submitting your answer sheet to the LMS submission point, contact your Student Advising Office via askUWA immediately.

    Agreement to abide by exam rules

    By selecting the next button you certify that: 

    • You understand that disciplinary action will be taken against you by the University if you do not comply with the University policies relating to examinations. This action may result in your being deprived of any credit for this examination or even, in some cases, for the whole unit.
    • You have not sighted the examination paper in this unit before or been in contact with anyone who has already seen the examination paper.
    • The answers submitted will be your own original work, and that all material drawn from other sources will be fully acknowledged where required.
      • For closed book exams, you will not refer to any sources while completing this exam
      • For open book exams, you will only refer to and rely upon materials permitted by the rules for this exam
    • No part of this assessment will be written for you, provided to you by a third party, or will be completed as a result of a third party assisting you.
    • You will take proper and reasonable care to prevent this work from being copied by another student.
    • You will not assist other students in completion of this assessment, except where collaboration is explicitly authorised by the unit coordinator.
    • You will not reproduce, capture, record or share any questions from this exam.
    • You understand that plagiarism is the presentation of the work, ideas or creation of another person as though it is your own, and is a serious academic offence.
    • You have read and understood and agree to abide by the University Policies on Assessment, Academic Conduct, Student Conduct and the University Charter of Student Rights.
  • EXAMINATION NOTICE - Rules for Blackboard

    These are the exam rules you'll see when you start your Blackboard exam

    Unwell and unable to sit the exam

    If you're feeling sick prior to starting your exam, do not enter the exam folder in LMS, as this will register your intention to sit the exam and you may not be eligible to apply for special consideration. Consult a medical practitioner as soon as you can and apply for special consideration. Please note, for special consideration during an exam, you will need to supply a supporting letter from a medical practitioner.

    Unwell during exam

    If you're feeling sick during your exam and feel you are too sick to continue, stop working on your exam and submit the work you have done. Consult a medical practitioner as soon as you can and apply for special consideration. Please note, for special consideration during an exam, you will need to supply a supporting letter from a medical practitioner.

    Error or comment on LMS exam paper

    If you have a question or comment about the exam paper or would like to alert your unit coordinator to a perceived error, include a comment in your working, if appropriate, to indicate how you interpreted the question. If you're unable to include a comment in your working due to the exam format (i.e. multiple choice exams), email your Student Advising Office via askUWA immediately after the exam to notify them of your comments on the exam. If applicable, your comments may be taken into account when marking. No action can be taken during the exam. You are advised to answer to the best of your ability and are assured that you will not be disadvantaged if there is an error on the question paper.

    Technical issues during your LMS exam

    • If you encounter LMS or IT issues (related to the University system), the Helpdesk phone number is 6488 1212.
    • If you encounter technical issues (e.g. your internet drops out), take a screen shot immediately (including the time on your screen), and send it via askUWA to your Student Advising Office.
    • If you have trouble submitting your answer sheet to the LMS submission point, contact your Student Advising Office via askUWA immediately.

    Leaving the exam for any reason

    Two-hour exam

    You must not complete and submit the exam or leave your desk (e.g. to go to the toilet) during the first 30 minutes of the exam.

    For exams of one hour or less

    For exams with a duration of one hour or less, toilet breaks are not permitted. If you need to temporarily leave the exam while it is in progress due to extenuating circumstances i.e. a toilet break; the exam timeframe will not change as the exam clock does not stop and you will still only have until the normal exam finish time.

    Exam time

    The folder containing the examination will be visible at the scheduled date and start time displayed on the examination timetable. The exam file will be visible for the published duration of the exam on the timetable plus 15 minutes (e.g. 2 hours and 15 minutes from the published start time for a two-hour exam) in which time you must have completed and submitted the examination as detailed. The 2 hours and 15 minutes includes the extra time allocated to allow for the download of your files if required. Some exams will require you to scan and upload your handwritten solutions to LMS within a dedicated time window after the exam. Only submissions made and documents uploaded in the allocated time will be marked.

    Agreement to abide by exam rules

    By selecting the next button you certify that: 

    • You understand that disciplinary action will be taken against you by the University if you do not comply with the University policies relating to examinations. This action may result in your being deprived of any credit for this examination or even, in some cases, for the whole unit.
    • You have not sighted the examination paper in this unit before or been in contact with anyone who has already seen the examination paper.
    • The answers submitted will be your own original work, and that all material drawn from other sources will be fully acknowledged where required.
      • For closed book exams, you will not refer to any sources while completing this exam
      • For open book exams, you will only refer to and rely upon materials permitted by the rules for this exam
    • No part of this assessment will be written for you, provided to you by a third party, or will be completed as a result of a third party assisting you.
    • You will take proper and reasonable care to prevent this work from being copied by another student.
    • You will not assist other students in completion of this assessment, except where collaboration is explicitly authorised by the unit coordinator.
    • You will not reproduce, capture, record or share any questions from this exam.
    • You understand that plagiarism is the presentation of the work, ideas or creation of another person as though it is your own, and is a serious academic offence.
    • You have read and understood and agree to abide by the University Policies on Assessment, Academic Conduct, Student Conduct and the University Charter of Student Rights.


What can I have with me in the exam?

Unauthorised material cannot be in your pocket, on your person or on your table/desk in the exam. This includes electronic and smart watches. You must place these items away from your table/desk. If you’re unsure about an item or have a question, email the Exams team via askUWA before your exam day. View the list of allowable items.

Making notes

If you're sitting an ExamSoft exam, you will be able to make notes for yourself by selecting the notes box in the exam. You can choose not to submit these notes with your exam by not clicking the checkbox 'Request Feedback'. However, you cannot use paper on your desk for the purpose of making notes as this will flag as an exam incident. The exception is if your exam states that note paper is an allowable item.

On your table or desk

Stationery symbol
Pen, pencil, ruler and set square, eraser (if permitted as an allowable item)
Calculator symbol
UWA-approved calculator (if permitted as an allowable item)
Bottle of water symbol
Water in a transparent bottle and label-less

Away from your desk

Smartphone symbol
Phones
Smartwatch symbol
Smart watches
Fork and spoon symbolising 'food'
Food
Peaked cap symbol
Caps and hats
Wallet symbol
Wallets
iPod symbol
MP3 players and products with an electronic communication or storage facility

Using calculators in exam

Some exams will allow students to use:

  • the calculator function within Examplify or
  • a UWA-approved calculator

Check the list of items you are allowed to bring into the examination above. This information will also be available from Friday 22 May via your personal timetable on studentConnect.

Approved calculators

You do not need a sticker on your calculator to sit online exams. Your calculator must not be programmable, display graphics or have any connectivity capability such as Bluetooth.

View the list of UWA-approved calculators [PDF, 314.2 KB].

What if I'm late?

Be ready early for your exam to ensure you're feeling prepared and can log in to the required platform(s). If you are more than 60 minutes late for your exam or have misread the timetable and missed your exam, you will not be allowed to sit the exam. If your lateness was due to difficulties beyond your control, you may be eligible to apply for Special Consideration.

On-campus exams

What can I bring?

Unauthorised material cannot be in your pocket, on your person or on your desk in the exam. Instead, place these items in your bag and place your bag under your chair or turned off and face up on the floor under your desk. If you’re unsure about an item, check with an Exam Supervisor. If you have an analogue watch, remove it and place it on the desk in front of you. All other watches must be placed in your bag or under your desk. If you have an item you’re unsure about, ask one of the exam supervisors before the exam starts.

On your table

Stationery symbol
Pen, pencil, ruler and set square, eraser (if permitted as an allowable item)
Calculator symbol
UWA-approved calculator (if permitted as an allowable item)
Bottle of water symbol
Water in a transparent bottle and label-less

In your bag

Smartphone symbol
Phones
Smartwatch symbol
Smart watches
Fork and spoon symbolising 'food'
Food
Peaked cap symbol
Caps and hats
Wallet symbol
Wallets
iPod symbol
MP3 players and products with an electronic communication or storage facility

Approved calculators

Your calculator:

  • must not be programmable, display graphics or have any connectivity capability such as Bluetooth
  • must have a UWA-approved calculator sticker. Get one from studentCentral, any Student Advising Office or at any of our six university libraries (which have extended opening hours during exams)  

If your calculator is not approved, it will be confiscated for the exam with no exceptions. No spare calculators are provided in the exam venue. Calculator cases must be left in your bag or placed under your chair.

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What if I'm late?

You should arrive 15 minutes before written exams and 20 minutes before practical exams.

If you're up to 60 minutes late, you can still sit the exam but you will not be granted extra time.

If you’re more than 60 minutes late for your exam or have misread your timetable and miss your scheduled exam, you’ll be unable to sit the exam in the next session. Eligibility for special consideration is based on the guidelines outlined in the University Policy on Special Consideration and is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Visit your Student Advising Office for advice on your options.

Rules

The Exam Supervisor will remind you of these rules at the start of each exam. If the instructions are unclear or you’re unable to hear the instructions, raise your hand, wait for an Exam Supervisor and ask for clarification.

If you have any questions about the rules or have a particular concern, contact the Exams team via askUWA.

DO

  • Declare unauthorised material, such as a mobile phone, smart watch or any electronic devices, in your possession or on your desk during the exam
  • Follow the instructions given by the Exam Supervisor

DO NOT

  • Communicate with each other during the exam
  • Remove the question paper, answer booklet or any pages from the exam room

These rules apply regardless of whether the material is being used when it is found. You should be aware of the University policies on Assessment, Academic Conduct and Student Conduct and Discipline.

Other important information

  • Student ID

    You can’t sit your exam without your Campus Card. If you need a new or replacement Campus Card, visit Student Central. Place your card on the right-hand corner of your desk facing away from you.

  • Emergency

    In the event of an emergency, follow the instructions given by the Exam Supervisors who will direct you to the exit point, and the evacuation assembly point for the venue. During an evacuation, you can’t talk or communicate in any way to anyone except an Exam Supervisor.

  • Falling ill

    If you’re feeling unwell during your exam, raise your hand. An Exam Supervisor will assist you or escort you to the Medical Centre if required.

  • Questions about your exam paper

    If you have a question about your exam paper, raise your hand and wait for an Exam Supervisor. The Exam Supervisor will contact your unit coordinator on your behalf if your question relates to the exam content.

  • Toilet breaks

    You may not leave the exam venue during the first 30 minutes or the last 10 minutes of the exam – this includes going to the toilet. In a one-hour exam, you are not allowed to leave the venue during the exam.

  • Checking your exam paper

    When instructed to do so by the Exam Supervisor, check the front of the exam paper. Make sure you have the correct paper and that the paper is complete. The number of pages is on the front page.

  • Time

    The clocks in the exam venue are only a guide. A timer is used to time the exam. The Exam Supervisor will let you know when there are 10 minutes left. You are not allowed to stand up or leave the venue until all papers have been collected after the exam has finished. No extra time is permitted to complete information on exam booklets or multiple-choice sheets at the end of the exam.

What's next?

To find out about grades, unit results and progressing in your course, visit Results and progressions. For help with your exams, visit Study success or Special consideration.

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