Before and during your exams
We're here to support you with important information on preparing for and attending your exams.
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 'Open LMS Assessment', contact the school teaching the unit for your exam venue information.
We cannot provide timetable information over the phone.
See exam rules below.
Semester 2, 2020 Mock and Practice Exam Passwords
- UWA Examplify Mock Exam Semester 2 2020 Password: cPM9Db
- UWA Practice Exam Semester 2 2020 Password: 8LEdfw
Semester 2, 2020 exam modes
Online exams are scheduled for no more than two hours in line with University policy.
Some Examplify exams will require students to upload handwritten working to LMS within a defined time window after the exam has been submitted or at the formal end of the exam (whichever comes first). For information on this, please review your unit’s LMS or messages from your Unit Coordinator.
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.
Find out about the technology you will need for your exams.
To look up specifications on Windows:
- Right click on the Windows Start menu icon on the bottom left-hand side of your screen.
- Click on System from the settings screen.
- Click About on the left-hand side menu in the System Screen. Your computer specifications will now display.
To look up specifications on Mac
- Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your Mac.
- This will bring up a drop-down menu. Select the top option: About this Mac.
- The resulting window will show you the information you need, with an overview and separate tabs to provide additional details.
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 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 (FOR STUDENTS NEW TO EXAMPLIFY EXAMS IN SEMESTER 2, 2020 only)
Information on the ExamSoft privacy and consent documents is available on the online exam support page. We are confident that Examplify is a responsible platform to use in order to ensure integrity of assessment and with respect to your privacy. Our FAQs are regularly updated to help you stay informed so we encourage you to explore these. We want to re-assure you again, that if you remain concerned about Examplify you can opt-out and sit the written version of the exam on campus on the scheduled day for the online exam provided that you email us via askUWA (selecting ‘Examination Timetable’ as your enquiry type in the form) by Monday, 21 September 2020 and let us know that you are opting out of online Examplify exams. All your Examplify exams will be rescheduled to face to face exams and your timetable will be updated accordingly. Please note it is not possible to opt out of LMS assessments.
Open LMS Assessments
Your Unit Coordinator will publish the 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. 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.
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
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 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
Unwell and unable to sit the exam before the exam starts
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 you may not be eligible to apply for special consideration. Consult a medical practitioner as soon as you can for a supporting letter and apply for a deferred exam via special consideration.
Unwell during exam
If you are 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 for a supporting letter and apply for a deferred exam via special consideration.
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
You must not complete and submit the exam or leave your desk during the first hour of the exam. Toilet breaks are not permitted in exams with a duration of one hour or less.
If you need to temporarily leave the exam while it is in progress due to extenuating circumstances, the exam timeframe will not change as the exam clock doesn’t stop. You will still only have until the normal exam finish time to complete the exam.
Timer and alarm
A timer is visible throughout the exam. An alarm will alert you five minutes before the end of the exam.
The exam file will be visible for the published duration of the exam on the timetable 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, call (+61 8) 6488 1212 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, call (+61 8) 6488 1212 immediately.
You may only use material which is permitted for your exam. Items such as hats, caps, earplugs and headphones are not permitted in the exam.
Starting the exam
When you are presented with the screen with an orange border which states ‘Do Not Start Until Instructed’, click ‘Continue’ at the scheduled start time of your exam.
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 you 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 , , and the .
EXAMINATION NOTICE - Rules for open LMS Assessment or Examinations organised by School.
Please refer to the unit LMS page for the exam rules.
Away from your desk
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.
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.
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
In your bag
- 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.
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.
- 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
- Communicate with each other during the exam
- Remove the question paper, answer booklet or any pages from the exam room
Other important rules
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.
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.
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.
You may not leave the exam venue during the first 60 minutes or the last 10 minutes of the exam – you may be escorted to the toilet after the first 30 minutes of the exam. 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.
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.