Before and during your exams

The Semester 1, 2021 final examinations timetable is now available and you can view your personal timetable in studentConnect.

Important information: Students sitting an Online LMS ProctorU Exam [PDF 180 KB].

 

We're here to support you with important information on preparing for and attending your exams. You can find information below on:

You can also find an exam planner and study guides on the Studying for exams page.

Click here for the list of approved items for the Semester 1, 2021 exams running from 29 May - 12 June 2021.

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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’ or 'Non-Examination Assessment', contact the school teaching the unit for your exam venue information.

We cannot provide timetable information over the phone.

On-campus exams

These exams are undertaken in-person at an approved exam venue specified in the timetable. Your personal timetable in studentConnect will show the venue information and seat number for the exam. On-campus exams are scheduled for no more than two hours in accordance with the university policy.

  • 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.

    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
    MP3 players, headphones 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.

  • 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.

Other important rules for on-campus exams

  • 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.

  • Student ID
    You can’t sit your face to face exam without your Campus Card, drivers license or passport. If you need a new or replacement Campus Card, visit Student Central. Place your ID on the right-hand corner of your desk facing away from you.
  • 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 or comment about the exam paper or would like to alert your unit coordinator to a perceived error, raise your hand and wait for an Exam Supervisor. The Exam Supervisor will give you an Exam Content Query Form to complete. Include a comment, 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.

  • Toilet breaks

    Students are not permitted to leave an examination venue until after the end of the duration of the examination (2 hours). Toilet breaks are not permitted in the first 30 minutes and the last hour of any two-hour examination.

  • 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.

Online exams

We have developed a comprehensive guide [PDF 431KB] for online exams, including LMS, MS Teams monitored and ProctorU exams. You can find more information on these exam modes below.

Online exams are scheduled for no more than two hours in line with University policy.

Some exams will require students to upload handwritten working to LMS within a defined time window after the exam has been submitted. For information on this, please review your unit’s LMS or messages from your Unit Coordinator.

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

Online exam modes

We understand that, for many of you, exams and the platforms used will be a new experience. The Studying for Exams page lists resources and tools to help you prepare for both on-campus and online exams.

Online LMS Exam

The exam is undertaken on the LMS (Blackboard). Your personal timetable in studentConnect will show the venue information as “Online LMS Exam”.

  • Technical requirements
    • A computer with stable internet connectivity for the duration of the assessment
    • Access to a scanner or camera to upload any handwritten work if required

Online LMS MS Teams monitored Exam

Exam The exam is undertaken on the LMS (Blackboard) with invigilation using MS Teams. Your personal timetable in studentConnect will show the venue information as “Online LMS MS Teams monitored Exam”.

  • Technical requirements
    • ·A computer with stable internet connectivity to allow live streaming
    • Web cam enabled
    • Microphone enabled
    • Access to a scanner or camera to upload any handwritten work if required

Online LMS ProctorU Exam

The exam is undertaken on LMS with invigilation provided by ProctorU. ProctorU is an external agency who provide online proctoring for exams in conjunction with the LMS exam. Your personal timetable in studentConnect will show the venue information as “Online LMS ProctorU Exam”.

UWA utilises the live+ suite which enables invigilation of an exam by a live proctor. The proctor validates the identity of the exam taker prior to commencing the exam with the exam sitting then recorded providing a record of both the computer screen and the exam taker throughout.

The use of ProctorU is limited and is intended to provide a level of integrity for assessment that has higher restrictions and may be part of a requirement for a professional accreditation.

  • Technical requirements
    • A computer with stable internet connectivity to allow live streaming (tablets are not supported)
    • Web cam enabled
    • Microphone enabled
    • Access to a scanner or camera to upload any handwritten work if required
    • Web browsers: Chrome or Firefox
    • Check the full technical requirements for ProctorU and test your equipment
  • Getting started in the exam
    1. Set up your account with ProctorU

      Setting up a ProctorU account should take about five minutes. Before setting up your account, watch this short video guiding you through the process.

      Set up your ProctorU account.


    2. Schedule your exam sittings

      For each unit you are timetabled to sit an Online LMS ProctorU exam, you will need to schedule an exam sitting in ProctorU.

      To do this, log into LMS and from the “Final Exam” page, follow the link “Step 2: Schedule your ProctorU Exam Session”. This will redirect you into the ProctorU site to find the available times for your exam. Select your preferred time from the available schedule. Watch this short video outlining the process.

  • Privacy information

    ProctorU provides secure online proctoring services with a formal security program that protects the security and integrity of services provided and information collected. As part of sitting a ProctorU exam, you will set up a ProctorU profile with basic contact details, including your name, email and phone details. Your contact details allow proctors to email you exam reminders and instructions ahead of your exam, and to get back in touch with you if any technical or access issues arise during your session.

    Find out more about privacy concerns in our FAQ document [PDF 129KB]. 

Online exam rules

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

  • 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.

    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
    MP3 players, headphones and products with an electronic communication or storage facility
  • Toilet breaks
    Students are not permitted to complete and submit an online examination until after the end of the duration of the examination (2 hours). Toilet breaks are not permitted in the first 30 minutes and the last hour of any two-hour examination.
  • Using calculators in exam

    Some exams will allow students to use:

    • a UWA-approved calculator

     

    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.

Non-Examination Assessments

These are non-exam assessments scheduled during the exam period. Your LMS page for the unit will provide further information on the assessment and duration (please note due to system constraints the timetabling system will only show exams for a 2 hour period – please check your unit information for the accurate duration).

Past exam papers

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

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