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Examinations can be stressful. The best way to put your mind at ease is to head into them fully prepared by following the steps below.

1. Check your timetable

Your personal exam timetable lets you know when and where your exams are being held. Get advice on when and how to check your exam timetable in my.unimelb.

Seat numbers

You will be allocated an exam seat number. If you can’t see a seat number for one or more of your exams in your exam timetable, don’t worry. The seat numbers are released progressively so keep checking your timetable. You will also be able to find out your seat number on the day at the exam venue.

Exam clashes

If you have two or more exams scheduled for the same time, a special sitting for one (or more) exams will be arranged. For more information visit the Exam Clash FAQ.

2. Arrive prepared

When to arrive

Arrive at your exam venue early so you can find your assigned seat and get settled in. For example, if your exam begins at 8.30am, you should be in your seat at 8.15am. Read the FAQ about exam start and arrival times.

Exam format

Know the format of your exam. Does your exam include 15 or 30 minutes of reading time? Check your personal exam timetable carefully for this information before arriving at the venue. You will not be able to write during the exam reading period. Read the FAQ about exam reading time.

During the exam

Exam supervisors are there to help (e.g. check your student card) but they are also there to ensure policies are followed. Make sure you follow all instructions for a smooth exam experience. Read the FAQ about exam rules.

Authorised materials

You must display your student card or an acceptable photo ID on your desk at every exam. If exam staff can’t verify your identity because you didn’t bring this, you will have your photo taken on site and will be required to present acceptable photo ID in person at Stop 1, within four working days of your examination taking place.

You may only bring authorised materials into the exam room:

  • Writing instruments including pens, pencils, erasers, and rulers in a clear plastic bag.
  • Watches must be placed on your desk inside a clear plastic bag and not on your wrist.
  • Maths instruments including stencils and protractors in a clear plastic bag. If you are permitted to use a calculator in your exam, it must be a Casio FX82 (any suffix). Random spot-checks will be conducted during exams to ensure everyone uses authorised models.
  • Water in a clear bottle.
  • Pharmaceutical medication.

Unauthorised materials

Unauthorised items and bags must be stored outside the exam venue (unsecured storage facilities are available). Reduce stress on the day by only bringing small essentials that can be taken inside the exam venue and avoid bringing a bag.

At the beginning of each exam you will be warned about unauthorised materials and given an opportunity to surrender any unauthorised material in your possession to a supervisor without penalty.

3. Find support during the exam period

Academic support

Wellbeing support

Excessive stress about exams can lead to anxiety, loss of sleep, and other conditions that are known to negatively affect performance in exams.

The University's Counselling service provides general stress management information, and advice via their blog Ask Counselling.

For urgent support please contact:

  • Counselling +61 3 8344 6927 (during business hours)
  • You local Mental Health Service. The service for Parkville is +61 3 9377 3400
  • For 24-hour telephone support ring Lifeline on 131 114

What should I do if I cannot sit my exam?

All students are required to attend their exams.

If you are too unwell to attend an exam, you must get a medical certificate and apply for Special Consideration. Please note applications are not automatically approved. Read more about missing exams.