Prepare for online exams

View our answers to online exam preparation FAQs to ensure that you're ready to take your online exams.

Exam preparation

Open-book exams require preparation just like other types of assessment. These exams go beyond rote learning. You will not be asked to repeat from your notes and searching Google for answers is unlikely to be a productive use of exam time. Open-book exams assess your ability to use the information you have learnt to solve problems and present evidence-based arguments.

A practice assessment may be available for you in iLearn before the end of the teaching period so you can familiarise yourself with how your online exam will work and can ensure you have the computer software you need.

Tip: Practise answering these questions within a set time limit.

Exam content

You should first refer to the iLearn unit and look at the 'Exam period assessment' tab, which will match the information on your exam timetable. Any changes to assessments have been updated in your iLearn unit. Do not use any assessment details published in your unit guide.

Your lecturer is the best person to tell you what to expect in the exam and what materials you can bring into the exam. You can also refer to our handy checklists for your online or on-campus exams.

The University has general rules that will apply to you in every exam you sit. Find out more about the Assessment Policy Schedule 4 Final Examination Requirements.

Exam logistics

No. If you have two exams scheduled on the same day at different start times (for example, at 9.00am and 1.30pm), you cannot move these exams and you are expected to sit both of them.

Most students have been studying online for the session/term, so you should have all the necessary equipment at home to sit your exam. If you need a more appropriate study space, there are limited spaces available in the Library.

No, you can only sit your exam once and there are only a handful of exams with multiple offerings. Find out more information on iLearn.

You can find details regarding the assessment and technical requirements your exam in iLearn under the ‘Exam period assessment’ tab. See the minimum technical IT requirements [PDF 50KB].

There may be a practice assessment available in iLearn before the end of your teaching period so you can get familiar with how the actual exam will work and you download any computer software that you need.

Students that are required to sit an exam with remote online invigilation will receive further information.

Supplementary exams will take the same format as the in-session exams.

Note: This may impact the units you can enrol into in Session 3, 2020 or Session 1, 2021. You will need to submit a special consideration application and will be contacted by the Faculty about your supplementary exam details.

Exam support

Students registered with Accessibility will continue to receive support throughout the exam period for both online and on-campus exams. Your Individual Access Plan will be adjusted and applied as required. The Accessibility team will contact students via email to confirm their adjustment arrangements in the coming weeks.

You can contact the Accessibility team on +61 (2) 9850 7497 or