Exam day guidelines - Section contents

Prepare ahead and familiarise yourself with the instructions and processes for your exams.

Plan ahead

Be sure to plan ahead and know well in advanced how to get to your exam venue. If you are using public transport to get to your exam venue make sure you allow plenty of time. The venue for each of your exams is listed on your personal exam timetable.

What to bring to your exam

You must have with you at all exams:

  1. Your student card. If you have lost your student card, you can bring acceptable photo ID and an electronic copy of your statement of enrolment (available via my.unimelb) as proof of your identity.
  2. Authorised materials in a clear plastic bag. While larger bags can be placed in storage facilities outside the exam venue, it’s recommended you only bring small essentials that can be taken inside the exam venue.

Note: the approved calculator for all subjects is the Casio FX82 (any suffix). No equivalent models of calculators will be permitted.

Storage of personal possessions at exams

Storage containers will be available outside Wilson Hall and the Royal Exhibition Building for bag storage.

Please note:

  • this is not secure storage and items are left at your own risk.
  • the University does not take responsibility or provide reimbursement for any items that are lost or stolen from an exam venue.
  • there can be a wait to drop off and collect your bag from the storage containers outside the venue after exams.

Other storage options

Some lockers may be available on campus to store your items. If you would like to book a locker for the exam period, it is recommended you check out the availability and book in advance.

Exam rules

If you are sitting an exam, you must be aware of the policy outlining exam rules. You must follow all instructions given by the exam supervisors. This includes:

  • no writing during reading time, and
  • pens down as instructed at the end of the exam.

Familiarise yourself with the exam rules ahead of time to ensure you don’t get penalised for academic misconduct.

After your exam


You will be unable to leave within the first 30 minutes of the official exam start time or the final 15 minutes of the exam. It’s important to not talk or use your phone while exam papers are being collected and to wait in your seat until you have confirmation from exam supervisors to leave the exam venue.

Lost property at exams

Personal property and student cards left at an exam will be held at the exam venue until the next business day. All items are returned to Parkville campus the following business day, and are available for collection from the following locations: