Distance (off-campus) student exams
Forms for the nomination of venue must be submitted 28 days prior to the commencement of the Examination Period. Key university dates can be found here.
Students living in Tasmania
Off-Campus students living in Tasmania will be automatically allocated to sit their exams at a UTAS campus within 100km of their residential address as recorded in eStudent. Please ensure that you maintain your correct address in eStudent as this will directly affect where you are allocated.
If you wish to sit your exam at an alternative UTAS campus, you may apply using the Alternative Campus eForm available in eStudent, under the Exam Timetable tab.
If you live more than 100kms from a UTAS campus you may choose to nominate a UTAS campus, or follow the same procedure as students living interstate; see below.
Students living Interstate
If you live interstate, you need to nominate the examination centre where you are intending to sit your exams. Please choose one of our preferred examination centres, which can be found at Distance Venues.
If you live further than 100km from a preferred examination centre, you may nominate another tertiary institution.
Venue nomination process
- Please note that if you do not nominate a preferred institution, you will be responsible for making all arrangements including contacting the venue and organising a supervisor.
- The supervisor cannot be a family member, friend or someone with whom you have a personal relationship that may be perceived as a conflict of interest.
- You must contact the venue personally to confirm they can accommodate you and obtain the information required to complete the Distance Application Form.
- Please be advised that upon initial contact, you will only be able to provide the venue with the examination period dates until your timetable is released. The examination timetable is released 28 days prior to the commencement of the examination period. Key university dates can be found here.
- Once your timetable is released, please contact your venue to provide the exact date and time. Please ensure you request the room where the examination will be held, and visit the site before your examination if uncertain.
If you live more than 100kms from a tertiary institution, you may nominate to sit at an isolated venue using the Distance Examination Venue eForm available in eStudent; under the Exam Timetable tab. Please note that you will need to follow the venue nomination process above.
The Examination Team will contact you mid semester, via your UTAS email account, to nominate your examination venue.
Students living Overseas
If you live overseas, you will need to organise your own venue. You may choose one of the following venues:
- British Council
- Australian Embassy, Austrade
Please note that you will need to follow the venue nomination process above.
Preferred Examination Centres
Please nominate one of the following venues if you live within 100km of the campus.
- University of Tasmania, Cradle Coast Campus
- University of Tasmania, Newnham Campus
- University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
New South Wales
- University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus
- La Trobe University, Albury-Wodonga Campus
Australian Capital Territory
- Australian National University, Acton Campus
- Deakin University, Warrnambool Campus
- Deakin University, Geelong Campus
- Deakin University, Burwood Campus
- University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
- Curtin University, Bentley Campus
- University of Western Australia, Albany Campus
- Darwin Examination Centre
- Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs Campus
- University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus
- Central Queensland University, Townsville Campus
- Central Queensland University, Rockhampton Campus
- Central Queensland University, Mackay Campus
- Central Queensland University, Gladstone Campus
- Central Queensland University, Emerald Campus
- University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba Campus
Isolated Venues Guidelines
If you live more than 100km from one of the above campuses, please choose a tertiary institution. You may only choose an alternative campus, if there is no tertiary campus within 100km of where you live.
Tertiary or TAFE Institution
- Any tertiary or TAFE institution; the supervisor can be either an administrative or academic staff member. The venue must be at the institution.
Primary / Secondary School
- Any primary or secondary school; the supervisor can be either an administrative officer or teacher at the school. The venue must be at the School.
- The supervisor must be an administrative staff member, registered nurse or doctor. The venue must be at the hospital.
- Any official library; the supervisor should preferably be the senior librarian. The venue must be within the library.
Australian Embassy, Austrade
- The supervisor must be an employee of the Embassy. The venue must be at the Embassy or Austrade.
- The supervisor must be an employee of EduGlobal. The venue must be at EduGlobal.
- The supervisor must be an employee of the British Council. The venue must be at the British Council.
When are the exams?
For the dates of the exams and the dates the timetable is released, please refer to Key Dates.
The University of Tasmania holds exams on Monday - Saturday (including evenings on weekdays) so you should be prepared for this when making plans for the exam period. Any public holidays which fall within an exam period will also have exams scheduled (e.g. Queen's Birthday holiday during the semester one exams).
You can access your personal exams timetable by logging into the eStudent - Personal Exams Timetable. You will need your login name (comes before the @ in your email account), and your password to access your timetable.
We will send you a reminder to your University email account a week before the timetable is released.
Web exam timetable
You can access your personal exams timetable by logging into the eStudent - Personal Exams Timetable . You will need your login name (comes before the @ in your email account), and your password to access your timetable.
If you have never used your email password, your initial password will appear on your enrolment statement. If you have forgotten your password, the IT Service Desk can generate you a new password. This will take a couple of hours.
Changes to timetables
Once the exam timetable has been released, it is extremely rare for it to be changed.
However, please be aware that until the final version is released (at least 2 weeks prior to the exam period) you will not be able to see the venues for the exams.
If we make a change (for example, to correct an error), we will send you an email to your University email account, letting you know that you need to check your timetable again.
The University provides you with an email account to which we send all official correspondence. You should check your emails regularly, and re-check your web timetable before the exams start, as a precaution.
If you have requested special arrangements of any kind and your timetable changes because of this, we will email you to let you know that it has been changed.
Sitting exams at a different campus
On-campus students must sit their exams at the study centre (campus) at which they are enrolled, with the exception of the categories below:
Cross Campus Enrolment
Students who are enrolled on-campus at different campuses in the same semester may apply to sit all of their exams at one of the campuses at which they are enrolled. Students can apply using the 'Application to Sit an Examination at an Alternative Campus' eForm available in eStudent, on the left under the Exam Information tab. Alternatively, download the paper form from Exam and Results Forms.
If you are an on-campus student, you are required to sit your examinations at your enrolled study centre (campus). In extenuating circumstances if you can demonstrative excessive hardship, you may submit a request in writing to apply to sit at an alternative examination centre. Please note that without supporting documentation your request will not be considered.
Applications will be considered in the following circumstances.
- The student’s residential address is more than 100km from the campus at which they are enrolled.
- The student can provide evidence of financial hardship.
- The student can provide evidence on compassionate grounds, such as:
- The death or serious illness of a close family member
- A severe disruption to a relation or domestic arrangement
- Significant and unexpected employment problems or pressures that cannot be changed
- Being the victim of a disruptive crime
- Being involved in an accident
- The student can outline other exceptional circumstances to the satisfaction of the Executive Director, Student Operations.
Students can apply using the 'Application to Sit an Examination at an Alternative Campus' eForm available in eStudent, on the left under the Exam Information tab. Please read all the information on the application form very carefully as your application will not be approved if it does not meet the eligibility criteria.
Applications close 20 working days before the first day of the examination period.
On-campus sitting exams off-campus
All on-campus students are required to sit examinations at their enrolled study centre (campus). In very extenuating circumstances, on-campus students may submit a request in writing to apply to sit examinations at an off-campus examination centre. Students applying to sit exams overseas must sit at a British Council (worldwide) or EduGlobal (in China) office. Details will be provided if your application is approved.
These applications will be considered on a case-by-base basis and should be submitted as an email or letter to the Examinations & Results team outlining the grounds which prevent students from sitting exams on-campus and must include supporting documentation. Applications received without supporting documentation will not be considered. Emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or letters sent to Examinations & Results, Private Bag 47, Hobart, TAS 7001.
International students, please note, you must not book to return home to your country until the end of the examinations period. Being unable to sit your examinations at your enrolled study centre on the basis of having already booked travel to your home country is insufficient grounds to apply to sit off-campus. Applications on this basis will not be considered. This applies to Ordinary, Deferred and Supplementary exams in all formal examinations periods.
Sitting exams at another time
Students are required to sit their exams at the date and time on their timetable, unless there are exceptional circumstances. (For evening exams, see below).
Exams cannot be moved for holiday or ordinary work commitments; it is only in very extenuating circumstances that we move examinations to a different date/time.
If you wish to apply to sit your exams at a different time, please make an application in writing to the Examinations & Results Team: Private Bag 47, Hobart TAS 7001, or drop the application into the Student Centre, Hobart or Launceston, or the Cradle Coast campus. Your application must set out all reasons for requesting the change, and must include supporting documentation. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.
Before you make an application, you should look at the information regarding deferred exams. (See the information under "Illness and Accident").
Evening exams at 3pm
Examination sessions at UTAS being at 9am, 1pm and 5pm. If you have an exam scheduled for a 5pm session, you may apply to sit that exam at 3pm on the same day. You will be required to remain in the room until 5.15pm and will not be allowed to leave early.
If you wish to sit at 3pm, you should complete the eform available in eStudent, on the left under the Exam Information tab. Alternatively, download the "Request to sit an evening examination at 3pm" application form from Exams and Results Forms.
Applications close 15 working days before the first day of the examination period.
Sitting Saturday exams at another time
Exams are not routinely moved because they fall on a Saturday. The exception is where it is not possible to sit the exam because of religious beliefs. If you bring a letter from your pastor, rabbi or other appropriate religious leader, confirming that you cannot sit on Saturdays, then we can enter this information as a permanent arrangement. This means that for future exam periods we will check your timetable before it is released, and move any Saturday exams in advance.
Students with other reasons for wishing to have their Saturday exams moved should see "Sitting exams at another time".
Alternative arrangements for students with disabilities
The University of Tasmania provides a wide range of services to assist students with a disability. Alternative exam arrangements are available to reduce the impact of your condition on your exam performance.
If your disability is long-term, you must contact the Student Centre and make an appointment to speak to a Disability Adviser. The Disability Adviser can assess the impact of your disability on your study as a whole (not just exams) and can assist you in making permanent arrangements. For more information, go to Disability
If your disability is temporary, and you require assistance for this exams period only, you can apply directly to the Student Centre. The "Alternative examination arrangements" application form can be downloaded from Exam and Results Forms.
If it is very close to, or during the examination period, you should speak to someone in Exams as soon as possible.
Examination Arrangements for Australian students from a Non-English Speaking Background (NESB)
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident from a non-English speaking background (NESB) who has been in Australia for fewer than 10 years, you may be able to get some examination assistance in your first year of study. You may qualify for an extra 15 minutes per hour writing time in your exams and use of a bilingual dictionary. To access the Examination arrangements for students from non-English speaking backgrounds application form you should arrange an appointment with a Student Adviser.
All applications must be submitted by the end of week 8. If you are an international student you cannot apply for NESB arrangements, but you can apply to take a bilingual dictionary into your exams. Application forms are available from the Student Centre, and you must take your dictionary with you when you apply. The dictionary cannot be an electronic dictionary and it must be a general, not a specialised dictionary. You may not take a bilingual dictionary into a language exam unless it appears on the materials permitted for that unit on your timetable.
Clashes of two formal exams are extremely rare and it is highly unlikely you will have a clash. If you do, we will move one of your exams to either the morning or afternoon, and send you an email explaining what we have done. Between the two sessions you will need to remain under supervision, usually in the Student Centre.
If a formal exam falls within the 3 day period granted to a take home exam, and you feel you are disadvantaged because of this, you should discuss this with the lecturer of the unit with the take home exam. Formal exams will not be moved because they fall within the period of a take home exam.
Two exams in one day
Depending on the units you are taking, you may have two exams in one day. While every effort is made to avoid this, it can happen, particularly with combined degrees, units taken outside your faculty and units in different year levels.
Normally, you will have at least 1 hour and 45 minutes rest time between exams. This means that if, for example, you have a 3 hour exam in the morning, we will move your afternoon exam to a starting time of 2pm, in order to give you a better break. However, if there is already an adequate break, we will not move your exams, and we cannot move one to another day.
Students, please note, from 1st January 2016, mobile phones and smart devices, including smart watches, will be banned from all University of Tasmania venues. This includes off-campus and off-shore examination venues. See below for more information.
Taking belongings into exams
You are strictly limited in what you may take into an examination venue. No bags of any kind are allowed in the exam room, and if you bring a bag you will be instructed to remove it well away from the room. Please note, we cannot provide security for bags, so it is strongly recommended that you do not bring one. You may bring a wallet-sized purse with you, and you must bring your student ID card.
As well as your wallet or purse, you may bring in pens, pencils, rubbers and rulers. You may not bring in a pencil case: your pens must be loose or in a clear plastic bag only. For mobile phones, and food and drink, see below.
No other materials are permitted in an examination room, unless otherwise indicated on your timetable.
English dictionaries are available for all students in the room.
You must bring your current University of Tasmania student ID card with you to every exam you sit. If you have forgotten your card and you have not yet entered the examination room, go immediately to Student Administration, taking any other ID you have with you. If you have entered the exam room and realise you have forgotten your card, raise your hand and a supervisor will assist you.
From 1st January 2016 mobile phones are banned in all examination venues. Initially, storage will be available for students who do bring a mobile phone to an examination. From Semester 1 2016 examination period, this facility will not be provided and mobile phones will be left outside venues at your own risk.
Students found to be in possession of a mobile phone in an examination venue from 1st January 2016 will have a formal allegation of attempted academic misconduct made, under Ordinance 8 of Student Discipline. The penalties for academic misconduct include failure of unit/s and exclusion from the University.
Late for an exam
Students may enter the examination venue up to 30 minutes after the end of reading time: that is, up until 9.45am, 1.45pm or 5.45pm, depending on the session.
If you arrive after this time, go immediately to Student Administration and ask to speak to an Examinations Officer.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you know when and where your exam is, and that you turn up on time and to the correct place. Missing your exam can result in you receiving a grade of Absent deemed failed for that unit.
If you have missed your exam because you misread your timetable, slept in or forgot, you must contact the Examinations Office as soon as possible.
If you have missed your exam through unforeseen circumstances which prevented you from sitting, you might qualify for a deferred examination (see "Illness and Accident" section).
Water and food
Water bottles are permitted into the exam room. All water bottles are to be a clear plastic bottle preferably with a pop top lid to avoid spillages and the possibility of destroying the exam scripts and causing a disruption to the exam. However, if an incident like this does occur it will be the responsibility of the student and if the paper is damaged it will be handed in and marked accordingly.
All water bottles are to be placed on top of the desk and will be checked by the supervisor.
If you have a medical condition which means you need access to food and drink during your exam, you may apply for alternative arrangements. See the "Disability: how do I apply for alternative arrangements?" FAQ.
The only food you are allowed to take into an exam venue is sweets.
Notes in exams
If notes or other materials are permitted for your exam in a unit, it will be listed on your timetable. If what your timetable has listed as materials permitted does not make sense to you, you should speak to the lecturer of the unit.
If something is not listed, then you are not allowed to take it in. You should be aware that there can be severe penalties for taking unauthorised materials into your exam, including failing the unit or exclusion from your course.
If you have any queries, please contact the Examinations Office.
Dictionaries in exams
English dictionaries are available for all students in the examination venue. If you wish to use a dictionary, please raise your hand and a supervisor will assist you. You may not bring your own English dictionary into the room unless an English dictionary is listed on the materials permitted for that exam. Dictionaries are only to be used for looking up a word or phrase that you are unsure about. Using it to define questions or gain an advantage in your examination may be an offence under Ordinance 9 of Student Discipline. If you are unsure about a question you should raise your hand and ask a supervisor.
If you are an international student you can apply to take a bilingual dictionary into your exams. Application forms are available from Student Administration, and you must take your dictionary with you when you apply. The dictionary cannot be an electronic dictionary and it must be a general, not a specialised dictionary. You may not take a bilingual dictionary into a language exam unless it appears on the materials permitted for that unit on your timetable.
Sandy Bay Campus
Activities Centre Hobart is in the TUU Building on the Hobart campus; it is one flight up, above the shop and Co-op bookshop. A lift is available. Building 21.
The Uni Bar is on the ground floor of the TUU Building (AS25); enter from the court yard in front of the Ref.
The Engineering building is at the corner of Dobson and Grosvenor Streets on the Sandy Bay campus. Room 302 is at the top of the stairs, one flight up; building 8.
Humanities Rooms 346, SASC Room 370, 477B are near the main student car park; building 29.
Geography 229 is located in the Geography-Geology building. Enter off Clark Road, building 12.
Social Science Rooms 211, 215, 309, 312, 319, 322, enter through the glass sliding doors adjacent to the fish pond, near Lazenby's restaurant. Building 26.
Centenary 272/275 is across from the Rugby Oval, building 10.
The Human Movement Hall is located in the building behind the bookshop on the Newnham campus (building G).
G53 is located in the Swanson Building on the ground floor.
F45/46 is located in the Swanson Building on the first floor.
eLab2 is located upstairs on the Newnham campus library on the first floor.
Rooms D122, D129 and D130 are located on level 1 of the Commerce building (building D) on the Newnham campus. These rooms are often used as tutorial rooms during semester.
Rooms L131, L135, L141 and L142 are located on the ground floor of the Arts Building.
G206 is upstairs in the Human Movement Hall.
All rooms in Burnie are in the main wing of the building.
If you are based in China, please speak to your local coordinator regarding examination rooms.
Sydney (Rozelle & Darlinghurst)
All examinations for Rozelle & Darlinghurst students are run by Language & Testing Consultants (LTC) at Wentworth Park grandstand in Ultimo. The address is Level 3, Wentworth Park Grandstand, Ultimo, NSW 2007. Public transport is available nearby. Venue is LTC Testing Centre.
See map for details: https://www.ltctesting.com.au/candidates/
Deferring exams due to illness
If you are ill on the day of your exam, you may apply for a deferred examination. You must see a doctor on the day of the examination and take a copy of the deferred examination application form with you. The application form is available at Exam and Results Forms (see “Deferred Ordinary Exam Application”). Applications are due within 3 working days of the missed exam.
Fill out section A of the form, and leave the form with your doctor: they will return it to us. Please note that having a medical certificate does not guarantee that a deferred examination will be approved. Further guidelines are contained on the last page of the form. Please read these carefully, as they explain the circumstances in which a deferred exam might not be approved.
Special consideration for sitting exams when ill
If you were ill when you sat your exam (or something else had happened which affected your performance) you may wish to apply for special consideration. There is an application form available at Exam and Results Forms (see “Special Consideration”).
You should complete the application for special consideration as soon as possible after the exam, since the lecturer needs to know of the request before marking is completed.
Complete a separate application for each unit affected, and submit these directly to the school. You must include supporting documentation with your application: without supporting documentation, no consideration can be given.
The consideration granted will depend upon your examiners, but may include supplementary examination or a viva (oral) examination.
Alternative arrangements for sitting exams when ill
If you are ill during the exams, but still wish to attempt your exams, we may be able to provide alternative arrangements to help you sit. If your illness is temporary, and you require assistance for one exams period only, you can apply directly to Student Administration. There is an application form available at Exam and Results Forms (see “Alternative arrangements”).
Both you and your doctor must fill out this form, but if you wish for advice as to what kind of arrangements might be suitable, please contact an Examinations Officer. If it is very close to, or during the examination period, you should speak to someone in Exams as soon as possible.
If your illness is ongoing and you will require permanent arrangements, you must apply through the Disability Adviser. See the “Disability: how do I apply for alternative arrangements?” FAQ.
Deferring exams due to accident or other circumstances
If you have been prevented from sitting your exams due to unforeseen circumstances, you may apply for a deferred exam. The application form is available at Exam and Results Forms (see “Deferred Ordinary Exam Application”). Applications are due within 3 working days of the missed exam.
Please read the information on the form carefully, particularly the information on the back page. Deferred exams are not available for ordinary work commitments or holiday commitments, and the circumstances which prevented you from sitting need to have occurred on or near the time of the exam. Deferred exams are not awarded for loss of study time.
You should provide supporting documentation with your application. If you need any assistance in determining what type of documentation would best support your case, please contact an Examinations Officer.
Loss of study time
It is not possible to defer your exams on the basis of loss of study time, as deferred exams are only available to students who are well prepared for their exams but are prevented from sitting due to unforeseen circumstances.
However, there are other options you may wish to consider. You can apply for withdrawal without academic penalty: information on the process and an application form are available from the Forms Directory (select Enrolment Forms, then Enrolment Variations).
Alternatively, if you choose to sit your exams, you may wish to apply for special consideration in marking. Please see "Special Consideration" above.
The instructions for collecting your take home exam will appear on your exam timetable.
Most take home exams are collected from and returned to Student Administration, but please check your timetable for details.
Instructions for returning your take home exam will appear on your exam timetable. Some units may specify that you can fax, mail or email your take home exam back to the school. However, if you are to return the exam to Student Administration you must hand deliver the exam and sign to confirm that you have delivered the exam to us.
Clashes with a sit down exam
Take home exams are scheduled to take place over three days. Usually, the exam will be timetabled so that students do not have an exam on the day the take home exam is due to be handed in. However, this is not always possible.
If you have any concerns about the timetabling of your take home exam, you should speak to your lecturer, and show them your timetable. We will not move a sit-down exam because it occurs during the 3 day period of a take home exam.
What is a deferred ordinary exam?
A deferred ordinary exam is an exam a student sits after the main exam period because they were prevented from sitting the ordinary exam (i.e., the exam in the main exam period) by circumstances out of their control.
To be allowed to sit a deferred ordinary exam you must have applied to the Examinations Team and your application must have been approved. For the application process, see below.
Deferred ordinary exams are held in the middle of July for Semester 1 exams, and in December for Semester 2, under the same rules and conditions as the main exams. For information about the format of your deferred ordinary exam, see your lecturer.
When you get your result for your deferred ordinary exam, it will be an ordinary result (e.g., 55 Pass, 78 Distinction). On your Faculty record and on the results page on the web, the "DO" indicating that you sat a deferred ordinary exam will remain, but this will not appear on your academic transcript.
Applying for a deferred examination
The "Deferred Ordinary Examinations" application form is available from Exam and Results Forms.
Before applying for a deferred exam, please read the form and associated information carefully, as a deferred exam can only be granted in certain circumstances. See also the information under "Illness and Accident".
The application form for a deferred ordinary exam is due to the Student Centre within 3 working days of the missed exam. Applications for deferred exams received after this time will not be assessed and you will receive an AN grade (Absent Deemed Failed) for the relevant study packages.
Dates and timetables for deferred exams
The dates for the deferred ordinary exam period for semester one and two, and the timetable release dates, are available on the Key Dates page. We will also send you these dates when we approve your application.
Summer, Spring and Winter schools have no formal deferred ordinary period, so if you are granted a deferred exam for these study periods, your school will organise a date for you to sit your exam (within a month of the ordinary exam period).
The deferred ordinary timetable is available on the web only, via logging into the eStudent - Personal Exams Timetable.
Sitting deferred exams elsewhere
You are required to sit all your exams at the campus at which you are enrolled. If you would like to apply to sit at another UTAS campus you need to complete an application form and provide supporting documentation. Changes to location are only granted in extenuating circumstances, or if your enrolment is across multiple UTAS campuses. Students can apply using the alternative campus eform available in eStudent, on the left under the Exam Information tab. Alternatively, download the "Request to sit examination at an alternative campus" application form from Exam and Results Forms. For more details about applying, see "Sitting exams somewhere else", under the Special Arrangements section.
Please email email@example.com for information about how to apply. Applications close less than a week after the results are released, so you will need to act on this quickly.
On-campus students are required to remain at their enrolled study centre in Tasmania for the deferred and supplementary exam period, if one of these exams is granted. You must not book to go home (interstate or overseas) if you are granted a deferred or supplementary exam. Even if you booked to go home prior to being granted a deferred exam, you will be required to sit your exam at your enrolled campus if you are an on-campus student. Only in very extenuating circumstances may deferred and supplementary exams be sat interstate or overseas for on-campus students. This requires supporting evidence and a statutory declaration and administration and courier costs will be charged to you for each exam. Please note, we rarely approve applications to sit deferred or supplementary exams interstate or overseas; it is reserved for very special cases only.
Please note that practical exams can only be taken at the campus at which they are taught. This is the case for all semesters and all exams.
Prevented from sitting deferred examination
If it is not possible for you to sit your deferred examinations, you may wish to consider applying for withdrawal without academic penalty. Applications can be made using the "Domestic Remission Form and Guidelines" or the "International Remission Form and Guidelines" which can be downloaded from the Forms and Files page. If you have concerns about sitting deferred exams, please contact your School or Faculty Office.
What is a supplementary exam?
A supplementary exam may be granted after a student has failed the ordinary exam (the ordinary exam is the exam sat in the main exams period) and the mark falls between 40-49%. The supplementary exam is a second opportunity to pass the unit. You cannot request a supplementary exam, it is granted by a Faculty Assessors' Committee.
For further information about the awarding of supplementary exams, please see Rule 2 - Rules of Academic Assessment at Ordinance, Rules and Policies. For information about the format of the supplementary exam, contact your lecturer.
How do I know if I have a supplementary exam?
When you check your results you will know if you have been granted a supplementary exam if you have been given the result NS. Please check the key dates for Supplementary Exam timetable release date.
A small number of units have more than one exam. For example, a full year unit may have an exam in first semester and an exam in second semester, or a unit may have two or more exams in the same semester. If you receive a supplementary exam in a unit with more than one paper, there will be a comment on your results page telling you which paper you need to sit, and your timetable will be amended so that it only shows that paper. The title of the paper will be amended to give an indication of the content of the paper you have been asked to re-sit. If you have any queries about which paper you are meant to sit, contact your School. Supplementary exams can be granted for practical exams also, and your timetable will indicate if you need to sit the practical exam.
Very rarely, a student may be asked to undertake a supplementary assessment which is not an examination. This may be an assignment, or it may be a viva voce (oral) exam. If this is the case, your School will contact you regarding the arrangements.
Dates and timetable
If you have been given the result NS, check your exam timetable once the supplementary exam timetable is released. The release date is available on the Key Dates page.
The dates for the supplementary exam periods are also available on the Key Dates page.
Sitting supplementary exam elsewhere
You are expected to sit all your exams at the campus at which you are enrolled. If you would like to apply to sit at another study centre you need to complete an application form and provide supporting documentation. Students can apply using the alternative campus eform available in eStudent, on the left under the Exam Information tab. Alternatively, download the "Request to sit examination at an alternative campus" application form from Exam and Results Forms. For more details about applying, see "Sitting exam somewhere else", under the Special Arrangements section.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about how to apply. Applications close less than a week after the results are released, so you will need to act on this quickly.
On-campus students are required to remain at their enrolled study centre in Tasmania for the deferred and supplementary exam period, if one of these exams is granted. You must not book to go home (interstate or overseas) if you are granted a deferred or supplementary exam. Even if you booked to go home prior to being granted a supplementary exam, you will be required to sit your exam at your enrolled campus if you are an on-campus student. Only in very extenuating circumstances may deferred and supplementary exams be sat interstate or overseas for on-campus students. This requires supporting evidence and a statutory declaration and administration and courier costs will be charged to you for each exam. Please note, we rarely approve applications to sit deferred or supplementary exams interstate or overseas; it is reserved for very special cases only.
Please note that practical exams can only be taken at the campus at which they are taught. This is the case for all semesters and all exams.
Prevented from sitting supplementary examination
There is no process for deferring a supplementary examination. We would usually recommend that you attempt your supplementary examination, and also apply for special consideration in the marking of the supplementary exam, including documentation with your request. The "Special consideration in the marking of exams" form can be downloaded from Exam and Results Forms. Also see "Special Consideration" in the "Illness and Accident" section.
We can make alternative arrangements for supplementary exams, if these will make it possible for you to sit. Due to the short timeframes for this exam period, you should contact the Examinations Team as soon as possible. You will need to fill out the "Alternative Examination Arrangements" application form, which is available to download from Exam and Results Forms. Your medical practitioner must fill out part B of the form.
If you are prevented from attending your supplementary examination through accident rather than illness, contact the Examinations Team as soon as possible.
Why didn't I get a supplementary examination?
Supplementary examinations are granted only in certain circumstances, and are intended to give a student with an otherwise good record a second chance at a unit where the fail was close to a pass mark.
While rules vary slightly from faculty to faculty, you can only usually receive one supplementary exam, and must have passed at least half your enrolment in that semester to qualify. Generally, your result must be in the 40-49% range to be considered, and you must have passed your internal assessment but failed the exam.
Supplementary exams are granted by faculty before the results are released. It is not possible to apply for a supplementary exam, but if you have any queries about the process you should speak to your lecturer or faculty. Please note, the Examinations & Results Team is not able to provide advice or information as to why you might not have been awarded a supplementary exam. You must speak directly with your lecturer or faculty.