Assessment and results

Assessment and results

COVID-19 - Special Circumstance Grade

Due to the continued impacts of COVID, fail will not be used for some terms/sessions. More information can be found on the Grading System page.

Assessments are designed to engage you in the learning process. They also measure your achievement, learning and prove that your work satisfies the necessary measures of quality.

It's important that you understand the way you are assessed as it can shape your learning experience and strongly influence what and how you learn. The type of assessment – whether it’s completing a quiz, writing an essay or a report, or engaging in a simulation or role play – will influence your focus and, as result, what you learn.

The Assessment Policy outlines the diverse forms of assessment used throughout the University as well as how assessment serves a variety of purposes. This can vary across the academic disciplines so make sure you understand the key terms listed below.

Key assessment and exam language

  • Time-limited exam with a fixed start time: The exam starts at the same time for everyone but there may be a multiple time windows of this type of exam during the assessment period. If there is, students can pick the date and time that is more appropriate for them. The exam paper is different in each offering. Students can only sit the exam in one of the offerings.
  • Time-limited exam within a six hour window: The exam is available for students to complete within a 6 hour window, you can choose when you want to start your exam, you just need to make sure you complete it before the end of the 6 hour window. the exam is available to be sat in a wider time period (window), which allows students to complete the exam at the time that is most appropriate for them.
  • Examination paper: An original document prepared by academic staff.
  • Examination script: Your attempt at an examination paper.
  • Final examination: An examination held within a specified period and administered by the Registrar’s office.
  • Take-home examination: An exam paper attempted away from the University over a set period.
  • Moderation: Quality review and assurance process that supports the final examination setting and marking activities.
  • Invigilation: Direct supervision of an assessment task or exam to prevent cheating.
  • Proctored exam: An exam that is supervised by an independent person. On campus, exams are supervised by an invigilator however, online proctored exams are supervised remotely via the webcam.
  • Program of study: The minimum sequence of study to qualify for an award.
  • Rubric: An outline of assessment criteria.
  • Hurdle requirement: An assessment task that requires a minimum level of performance to pass a unit.
  • Serious attempt: When you've tried to address the set task but failed to reach the required standard. If a serious attempt has been made at a hurdle requirement, you will generally be given one more chance to meet that requirement.


Results are your final grades for a unit of study. They are normally issused two weeks after the end of the teaching period and dates can be found in the University's calendar of dates.

Students with an outstanding debt on their student account will not receive their results by email and will not be able to see them in eStudent. Ensure that you pay any outstanding fees, including library fines, as soon as possible to access your results. Results will only be released once the payment has cleared.

How do I get my exam results?

* Session 1 and Full Year 2 2020 results will be released Monday 13 July.

All available results are sent by email before they are available online. If you do not receive your results to your student email address, you can log into eStudent from 3pm on the release date and check your results online.

If you are concerned the email hasn't arrived by 3pm, check your Spam/Junk folder in case they have missed your inbox.

What do my grades mean?

Due to COVID-19, the University will not be recording the fail grade in Session 1/Term 2 2020. If you fail a unit during these study periods, it will be displayed as an SC (Special Circumstance) grade. Your WAM will not be affected if you fail a unit.

HD - High Distinction


D - Distinction


Cr - Credit


P - Pass


SC - Grade0-49Due to COVID-19, the fail grade in Session 1/Term 2 2020 will not be recorded and it will appear as an SC grade.
F - Fail


FH - Fail Hurdle


S - Satisfactory


Pass or Fail unit only
FA - Fail Absent


Failed the compulsory attendance component of assessment
I - Incomplete


Unit is incomplete; one or more components of assessment have not been completed/submitted


Unit is incomplete and supplementary assessment has been granted


Enrolment continuing


Result not finalised due to student applying for Special Consideration


Result not yet released due to an unresolved matter


Result awaited from Unit Convenor

Can I appeal my grades?

Sometimes you may feel that something, external to your performance, influenced your final result and you can demonstrate that the University has made a mistake in its processes as stated in the Grade Appeal Policy. If this is the case, you first need to review your grades and then you may wish to consider an appeal.

What is Academic Progression (and Academic Standing)?

Academic progression means maintaining a satisfactory level of academic achievement throughout your studies and completing your course.  Your Academic Progression will determine your Academic Standing.  To find out more about your Academic Standing and where you can get advice, please refer to the Academic Progression page.

What is Suspension/Exclusion?

The University's Academic Progression Policy and Procedure requires you to pass at least 51% of your attempted load in a study period. If you do not meet these requirements on a continuing basis (i.e. you have been cautioned, have had conditional enrolment and still not passed 51% of your units), you may be at risk of suspension/exclusion.

The University's General Coursework Rules also 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.

If you are at risk of suspension, or exclusion, you will be notified via your official student email and also via a hard copy letter sent to your preferred mailing address.

Please refer to the following information sheets for appealing suspensions and exclusions.

Preparing to Leave Macquarie University?

Congratulations on finishing your study at Macquarie University. We understand this could be overwhelming, so we have created this checklist to help you transition into the next chapter of your life.

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