Special and supplementary assessment - Section contents

What to do if you've been offered special or supplementary assessment.

Special assessment (including special exams)

Special assessment (which may be a special exam) is awarded as a special consideration application outcome.

You will know if you have been offered special assessment as:

  • This will be stated in the email that advises you of the outcome of your special consideration application, and
  • One of the following interim results will be recorded for that subject:
    • 'S' grade - this indicates you have been offered a special exam which will be held during the special and supplementary exam period, or
    • 'WAF' grade - this indicates that a different type of special assessment will be offered. This could be a special exam offered at a different time, or a different type of assessment (e.g. a take-home essay). You will receive details via email.

Do I have to complete a special assessment?

If you are offered special assessment you have two options:

  1. Undertake special assessment.
    • The mark from the special assessment will supersede the mark from the first assessment (even if the original mark is higher than the second mark).
    • If you initially passed the subject, but subsequently failed after completing special assessment, you will be ineligible to apply for fee remission.
  2. Decline the special assessment and accept your original mark.

Can I graduate if I have been offered special assessment? Tight deadlines apply.

If you take up special assessment you will not be able to graduate in the current graduation ceremony round. This is because your results will not be finalised in time. You will instead be invited to graduate in the next ceremony period you are eligible for.

If you have been invited to graduate, and been offered special assessment for a subject that you have passed (i.e. an 'S' or 'WAF' grade is recorded with a mark of at least 50%), you will receive an email that advises you how to decline the special assessment.

The email includes a date by which you must decline the special assessment if you wish to graduate in the current graduation ceremony round. The due date is usually around 4 working days before the official results release date.

Supplementary assessment (including supplementary exams)

Supplementary assessment is a form of further assessment, which is often a second additional formal exam.

Supplementary assessment is usually offered only if:

If you have been offered supplementary assessment the maximum mark you can obtain for the subject is 50%.

You will know if you have been offered supplementary assessment if you receive an email to advise that you have been offered final subject assessment (FSA) or supplementary assessment. If the supplementary assessment or FSA will be an exam offered in the special and supplementary exam period there will be an ‘S’ grade recorded for that subject.

Results release

Results for special or supplementary assessment will be released within 10 working days of the supplementary assessment being sat or submitted.

How does completing special or supplementary assessment impact my WAM?

The final mark for the special assessment will be counted towards your WAM. In the case of supplementary assessment, the mark may also be counted towards your WAM but the total mark for the subject will be limited to a maximum of 50. Learn more about how WAM is calculated