Special and supplementary exams - Section contents

What to do if you've been offered an exam or assessment during the special and supplementary exam period.

Special exams

A special exam or assessment awarded as an outcome of special consideration, is usually held during the special and supplementary exam period. In some cases, this may be scheduled soon after the initial assessment.

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

  • you will be notified via email of your special consideration application outcome, and
  • an ‘S’ grade will be applied to your subject as an interim result after the official results release date

Do I have to sit a special exam?

If you are offered a special exam you have two options:

  1. Sit the exam. The mark from the special exam will supersede the mark from the first assessment (even if the original mark is higher than the second mark). Unless you decline your special assessment offer, it is assumed that you will sit your special exam.
  2. Decline the exam and accept your original mark. You can do this by submitting a special exam decline form.

Are there deadlines to decline if I'm planning to graduate?

If you sit a special assessment you will not be eligible to graduate in the current graduation ceremony period. This is because your results will not be finalised in time and instead you will be invited to graduate in the next ceremony period that you are eligible for.

If you have already passed the subject for which special assessment has been offered, you must decline your special assessment before 5pm on Tuesday 27 November in order to attend your graduation in December 2018.

Supplementary exams

You will know if you have been offered a special assessment as an ‘S’ grade will be applied to your subject as an interim result after the official results release date.

A supplementary assessment is a form of further assessment, in which you complete a second, additional formal exam. These are usually offered only if there is doubt as to whether you have passed or otherwise satisfied the assessment requirements. Supplementary exams are assessed on a pass/fail basis only.

Results

Results for subjects where you have sat a special or supplementary assessment will be available within ten working days after the final assessment is sat or submitted.