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 Assessment Policy Schedule 4 Final Examination Requirements.

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 1 2019:

Draft timetable released17 April 2019 from 1:00 pm
Final timetable released15 May 2019 from 1:00 pm
Seat and room allocation details released5 June 2019 from 1:00 pm
Bag room location(s) available5 June 2019 from 1:00 pm
Exam period begins11 June 2019
Exam period ends29 June 2019
Result release date for Session 1 2019:

Thursday 11 July 2019
via student email account - from 9am
via eStudent - from 3pm

Key exam dates for Session 2 2019:

Draft timetable released19 September 2019 from 1:00 pm
Final timetable released16 October 2019 from 1:00 pm
Seat and room allocation details released6 November 2019 from 1:00 pm
Bag room location(s) available6 November 2019 from 1:00 pm
Exam period begins11 November 2019
Exam period ends29 November 2019
Result release date for Session 2 2019:

Thursday 12 December 2019
via student email account - from 9am
via eStudent - from 3pm

Key exam dates for Session 3 2019:

Final timetable released6 January 2020 from 1:00 pm
Seat and room allocation details released16 January 2020 from 1:00 pm
Bag room location(s) available16 January 2020 from 1:00 pm
Exam period begins20 January 2020
Exam period ends24 January 2020
Result release date for Session 3 2019:

Thursday 6 February 2020
via student email account - from 9am
via eStudent - from 3pm

Dates for the College

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

Exclusion and Suspension

This section contains Academic Appeals information sheet/s for the following categories:

  • Exclusion (under the General Coursework Rules)
    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. 
    Please note that the aforementioned General Coursework Rules supersede Academic Standing.
  • Suspension and Exclusion (under the Academic Progression Policy and Procedure)

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

Currently available information sheet/s:

  • Exclusion (under the General Coursework Rules):
    • For students with an appeal deadline of 5:00pm Tuesday, 22 January 2019, an information sheet is now available.
  • Suspension (under the Academic Progression Policy):
    • For students with an appeal deadline of 5:00pm Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 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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