What to do on exam day - Section contents

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

When to arrive at your exam

Arrive at your exam venue early (at least 15 minutes before the exam start time as outlined in the University's exams policy) so you can find your assigned seat and get settled in.

If you are running late, you can enter your exam up to 30 minutes after the start of writing time. If you’re late due to exceptional or extenuating factors outside of your control and no student has left the exam, you may enter the venue.

If you are late and able to sit the exam, you won’t be given any extra time to complete it. So, make sure you allow enough time to arrive in time for the start of your exam.

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 at the exam venue, it’s recommended you only bring small essentials that can be taken inside the exam venue. Small-sized valuable items (including wallets, keys and mobile phones) are permitted but must remain under your desk and switched off throughout the entire exam.

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

Allocated storage areas will be available at exam venues 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 areas 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.

Lost property

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:


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.


Leaving 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: