When are examinations held?

How many examination sessions are held each day?

When will the examination timetable be available?

What is allocated seating?

Can I view my allocated seat number if the timetable is 'provisional'?

Will there be a checking faciltiy within the exam venue should I forget to look at my seat number?

I have been assigned an alternate venue for my exams, will I have an allocated seat number?

How can I view my allocated seat number?

How many exams can I reasonably expect to sit on one day?

I have a disability. How do I apply for adjustments to my exam conditions?

English is not my first language. Am I eligible for extra time in my examinations?

What materials may I take into the examination room?

What if I forget my Student ID card?

What is a 'Student ID Verification card'?

Will I receive extra time in my examination if time is lost to check my identity?

What happens if I cannot make it to my examination?

If I have planned an overseas holiday during the scheduled examination period, can I sit my examination off-campus?

When will I know my results?

I don't understand my results. Who should I speak to?

I don't agree with the grade I have been awarded. What should I do?

I have been offered a supplementary assessment. What are my next steps?

I am an International student. Can I take my examination in my home country?

When are examinations held?

Examinations are held at the end of each Semester in June/July and November/December. Supplementary examinations for Semester 1 topics are held prior to the commencement of Semester 2. Supplementary examinations for Semester 2 are held in December. You can view the examination weeks for this year and subsequent years at important dates.

The University runs examinations up to 3 times per day and this will include examinations scheduled at night and on Saturdays. No examinations are scheduled on Sundays or public holidays.

How many examination sessions are held each day?

There are up to 3 examination sessions held each day of the examination period. These are scheduled to commence at: 8:45, 13:15 and 17:45. Examinations are generally held from Monday - Saturday and will not be held on Sundays or Public Holidays.

When will the examination timetable be available?

For end of Semester examinations, a Provisional Timetable will be available 5 - 6 weeks before the start of the examination period. The Final Timetable will be available approximately 2 weeks after this. All students are notified of the Timetable releases via their Flinders email account when each release occurs.

For the Supplementary examination periods, there may be no Provisional Timetable. A Final timetable will be available 24 hours prior to the commencement of the examination period.

Access to the examination timetable is available via the Student Information System when you receive notification via email of the timetable releases.

What is allocated seating?

Allocated seating means that all students who have an examination scheduled in either the Sports Centre or Sturt Gymnasium (main venue) will be allocated a seat number with the release of the 'final' examination timetable

Can I view my allocated seat number if the timetable is 'Provisional'?

No. You can only view your allocated seat number (for each exam) situated in either the Sports Centre or Sturt Gymnasium once the timetable has reached 'Final' status.

Will there be a checking faciltiy within the exam venue should I forget to look at my seat number?

No. There is not a checking facility available within the examination venue for Students to 'check' their seat numbers prior to entry. Due to this, it is imperative students view their personalised timetable online via the Student Information System prior to the day of each examination taking place and ensure seat numbers are known.

I have been assigned an alternate venue for my examinations, will I have an allocated seat number?

No. You only have a seat number allocated to you if you have an examination held in either the Sports Centre or Sturt Gymnasium (main venue).

How can I view my allocated seat number?

You will be able to view your allocated seat number for each examination you have scheduled in either the Sports Centre OR Sturt Gymnasium (main venue) via the Student Information System under the 'My Exams and Results' menu once the timetable has been made 'Final' (If the timetable is 'Provisional' you will not be able to view your seat number). You must view your personalised timetable via the Student Information System prior to each examination commencing to ensure changes have not been made to your allocated seat number OR venue. It is your responsibility to ensure you know your allocated seat number for each examination prior to going into the venue and ensure you are seated in the appropriate seat.

How many exams can I reasonably expect to sit on one day?

For end of Semester examinations, the University expects that students will not have to sit more than 2 examinations per day, or more than 3 examinations in two days. 

Each Semester, around 4% of students will have more than one exam per day and approximately 3% of students are scheduled with more than two exams in two days.

For students sitting a large number of Supplementary exams (4 or more) in a Supplementary examination period, it is not possible to limit the number of exams a student can sit per day or week as the Supplementary exam period is shorter than the normal exam timetable.

The Examinations Office will try to to minimise heavy exam schedules wherever possible.

I have a disability. How do I apply for adjustments to my exam conditions?

Students who require alternative exam conditions on the basis of a medical condition or disability need to apply at least 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the examination period. 

Students will need to provide documentation regarding the nature of the medical condition/disability at the time of the consultation.  Applications must be made through a Counsellor, Doctor, or Disability Advisor (DA) at Health, Counselling & Disability Services (ph 8201 2118).  If the condition is permanent or likely to continue for some time, students can negotiate an Access Plan with a Disability Advisor.

English is not my first language. Am I eligible for extra time in my examinations?

You are eligible for extra time in examinations if you were born outside of Australia, speak a language other than English at home and came to Australia less than 10 years ago.

You will automatically be sent an Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) card in June each year if you meet these three criteria. You must bring this card to each examination along with your student ID card to be eligible. You are also allowed to use a non-technical dictionary. Electronic, specialised, technical, scientific or notated dictionaries are not permitted in an exam room under any circumstances.

If you have not received an NESB card by June and believe you are eligible, you can check the details that you have registered on the Student Information System.

If the year you entered Australia is not recorded, you will need to update this detail in the Student Information System under the 'Citizenship and Residency details' tab.

If the language you speak at home is recorded incorrectly, you can also update this yourself on the Student Information System.

What materials may I take in to the examination room?

You may take in approved writing materials only. This includes; pens, pencils as well as drawing instruments, non-programmable calculators (only when permitted) and books where approved. You may take in a transparent plastic pencil case or plastic bag to carry your belongings.

If you are not sure if you are allowed to use books, course materials or calculators, please contact your lecturer or tutor for further advice.

Students are not allowed to bring bags, wallets, mobile phones or electronic devices into the Examination room under any circumstances. Monitored bag storage facilities are available outside exam venues in the Sport Centre and the Sturt Gymnasium for storage of such items.

Water is permitted in clear plastic bottles with the label removed, no other food or drink is permitted.

Students who hold a valid NESB card may bring a non technical dictionary into the Examination room.

Please be aware; the following items are considered a Breach of the University's Rules on the Conduct of Examinations:

  • Electronic dictionaries;
  • Notated dictionaries;
  • Using or being in possession of mobile phones, mp3 players, PDAs or any other electronic devices, even when switched off;
  • Formulae or notes inside calculators, on rulers, inside pencil cases etc;
  • Notes on the inside label of water bottles;
  • Writing on arms, legs, clothes;
  • Using any notes in the examination venue, including notes belonging to other students;
  • Using unapproved discs or USB sticks in computer based examinations;

A student who is detected committing, or apparently committing a breach of any of the provisions of this clause will be dealt with under the provisions of the University's Academic Dishonesty Policy and will be summarily dismissed from the examination room.

For a full copy of the policy, refer to: Rules on the Conduct of Examinations.

What if I forget my Student ID card?

Your Student ID card is to be presented at every examination you attend.

If you present to an examination without any form of photographic identification (only Student ID card, current drivers licence or current passport will be accepted), your identity will be checked electronically within the venue by a trained invigilator.

Any time lost will not be reimbursed. 

What is a 'Student ID Verification card'?

A Student ID Verification card is for women sitting Centrally Administered Examinations who wear a burqa or niqab. This card will enable women to access the examination hall prior to the official entry time. Women who have this card need to present this card to security and entry will be permitted. Upon entry, the student will have their identity checked in a private room by a female Invigilator. Please contact examinations@flinders.edu.au of you have not received your card.

Will I receive extra time in my examination if time is lost to check my identity?

No additional time will be granted if reading or writing time is lost whilst identification is being checked. Whilst the Invigilator will make every effort to confirm your identity in a timely manner, the time taken will be at your expense. It is, therefore, in your best interest to ensure you are prepared for your examination and you have your Student ID card with you at each exam you attend.

What happens if I can not make it to my examination?

The University expects students to be available to sit their examinations in Adelaide during all examination periods.

If you cannot make it to your examination due to medical and/or compassionate reasons, you may be eligible for Supplementary assessment.

You will need to complete a  Supplementary Examination Application 2013 (DOC 94KB) (also available in the Student Centre or your Faculty Office) and submit this form to your Faculty with supporting documentation within three working days of your examination taking place.

You should visit your Doctor or Counsellor without delay to gain a medical certificate, alternatively you can do this at Health and Counselling on level 3 of the Student Centre.

If you have exceptional circumstances and would face hardship if you had to sit your examinations in Adelaide or have compelling reasons for needing to sit your examination outside of Adelaide you may be given permission to sit an examination off-campus (not available for the Supplementary examination period).

You will be required to cover all expenses associated with this including administration fees, postage, supervision costs, room hire etc. This payment is to be made to the institution where your examination is being held. 

It is not possible to sit computer-based examinations off-campus. You will need to liaise with your Topic Coordinator in this instance.

Exams held off-campus must be sat at the same time/date as appears on the Adelaide examination timetable.

Applications for off-campus exams must be lodged at the Examinations Office, Student Centre at least four weeks before the commencement of the exam period. Late applications may not be considered.

For further information, please contact the Examinations Office via: examinations@flinders.edu.au

If I have planned an overseas holiday during the scheduled examination period, can I sit my examination off-campus?

No, pre-planned travel will not be accommodated by the Examinations Office.

When will I know my results?

This varies from Faculty to Faculty, however, results are to be made available vai the Student Information System by the following deadlines:

  • Within 10 working days after the last day of exams for topics completed at the end of Semester 1
  • Within 5 working days after the last day of exams for Semester 1 Supplementary examinations
  • The end of December for topics completed at the end of Semester 2

If your results are not displayed by the above times, this means they have not yet been released by the Faculty Examinations Board. You should check again at a later date or contact your Faculty should you have any queries.

I don't understand my results. Who do I speak to?

Information about grades can be found via the Assessment Policies and Procedures page.

If you have received an 'I' grade or an 'F' grade and do not understand why, you will need to approach your Topic Coordinator for further information.

 I don't agree with the grade I have been awarded. What should I do? 

If you have any questions or queries relating to the grade you have been awarded, you will be required to speak directly with your Topic Coordinator for details. If, after speaking with your Topic Coordinator you still do not agree with the grade you have been awarded, it is recommended that you view the 'Assessment Policies and Procedures' in the Student Related Policies and Procedures Manual and review the process as stipulated under the 'Review of Marks for, and Re-Marking of, Assessment Exercises' and/or 'Appeals against Final Topic Grades'. 

I have been offered a Supplementary Examination, what are my next steps?

If you have been awarded a Supplementary Examination, you are required to monitor your Student Information System for details of your examination(s). The process for supplementary assessment is the same as the main examination period whereby you will receive notification of the Provisional timetable release (if applicable) and teh Final timetable release.

For more information regarding Supplementary Examinations, refer to the supplementary exams page.

I am an International student. Can I take my examinations in my home country?

The University expects that students enrolled in topics which are delivered on campus sit their exams on campus. However, in exceptional circumstances, where students are likely to face hardship if they have to sit their examination(s) on campus, or have compelling reasons for needing to sit their exams away from the University, students may be granted permission to sit exams away from the University.

Please note that off-campus examinations are not available for the Supplementary period.

Please submit the  Off Campus Examination Request Form (DOC 263KB)  to the Examinations Office, by no later than four weeks prior to the commencement of the examination period. Due to the time required to make the necessary arrangements, the Examinations Office cannot guarantee that late applications will be considered. For further information, please contact the Examinations Office on (08) 8201 3907 or alternatively via: examinations@flinders.edu.au