Exams and results

Exams and assessments are a necessary part of your learning experience. The assessment process provides valuable feedback on how your learning is progressing and can influence the way you approach your study. Planning and preparing for exams - making sure you have all the information and support you need - is really important too. Understanding how these processes work will help you achieve the results you’re after.

Before your exams

Your lecturer is the best person to tell you what to expect in the exam. They will also tell you what materials you can bring into the examination hall. 

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

Study preparation 

  • Don't just memorise
  • Set goals - what do you plan to learn in this session?
  • Study in short blocks, no longer than 50 minutes, then have a 5 -10-minute break
  • Don't study the entire semester's materials in one day or one session
  • Identify and summarise important issues, theories, concepts
  • Identify relationships and links within the between lectures
  • Develop possible questions/topics
  • Discuss with other students
  • Review past exams
  • Write practice answers within the time limit
  • Apply your knowledge - work through problems in textbooks, tutorials, past exams
  • Develop concept maps, diagrams and timelines to aid memory, and to link concepts, themes and issues.

Exam language 

Examination: Time-limited assessment task conducted under invigilation 

Final examination: Held within a specified examination period. This excludes what is referred to as a ‘take home examination’ 

Final examination paper: Original document prepared by academic staff 

Final examination script: Student’s attempt at the final examination paper 

Moderation: Quality review and assurance process that supports the final examination setting and marking activities

Dates and preparation 

Exams are held during the following university periods:

Sessions 1 and 2

Weeks 14 - 16

Session 3

Week 6

Key exam dates for Session 2 2017:

Draft timetable released20 September 2017 from 1:00 pm
Final timetable released18 October 2017 from 1:00 pm
Seat and room allocation details released8 November 2017 from 1:00 pm
Bag room location(s) available8 November 2017 from 1:00 pm
Exam period begins13 November 2017
Exam period ends1 December 2017

Exam release date for Session 2 2017:

Thursday 14 December 2017
via student email account - from 9am
via eStudent - from 3pm 

Further information can be found on the Exam results page

Dates for the College

Check out Macquarie University International College (MUIC) for exam timetable and room/seat allocation details.

Academic Exclusion

The University's General Coursework Rules 9(7) and 9(8) outline the requirements for those students enrolled in a practical, clinical or professional program or unit of study.  The General Coursework Rule 10(7) provides that a student who fails to meet these requirements may be excluded from further enrolment in that program of study.

Excluded students will be notified via their official student email and also via hardcopy to their preferred mailing address.

Information for excluded students:  

  • For students with an appeal deadline of 5:00pm Friday, 11 August 2017, an information sheet is now available.
  • For students with an appeal deadline of 5:00pm Monday, 14 August 2017, an information sheet is now available.
  • Exam timetables

    Most University examination timetables can be accessed online.

  • Assessments

    Assessments are designed to engage students in the learning process and measure achievement.

  • Assignment cover sheets

    All assignments, whether printed or submitted electronically, must be accompanied by a cover sheet. Assignments submitted without a cover sheet will not be marked.

  • Examinations

    The University has general rules that will apply to you in every exam you sit and some exams may have specific rules about what you can and cannot bring.

  • Exam results

    Results are normally issued by email two weeks after the end of the teaching session.

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