Exams and results

  • I think my WAM is wrong

    You can view how the WAM is calculated using the University's formula.

    Some common reasons your WAM may be different to what you expect include:

    • You completed subjects during 2020 and second half-year 2021 when grades were excluded from your WAM due to COVID-19 impacts
    • You don’t have a benchmark WAM so all of your 2020 and/or second half-year 2021 results are excluded from your WAM
    • You completed a subject marked on a pass/fail basis
    • You failed a subject. Fail results are included in your WAM
    • You have outstanding results, including for earlier parts of a year-long or continuing subject. Your WAM will be updated when the results are published on the Results page of my.unimelb.
    • You have been granted a special exam. If you have an 'S' grade next to your result, it will still be included in your WAM. Your WAM will be updated once you've sat the special exam and a final result is published.

    After reviewing the above information, if you still believe your WAM is incorrect, please submit an enquiry to Stop 1 for further assistance.

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  • What is my benchmark WAM?

    Results from 2020 and second half-year 2021 subjects are not included in the calculation of your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) unless the mark achieved for the subject was equal to, or higher than, the benchmark WAM that you achieved.

    A seperate benchmark WAM is calculated for both 2020 and SHY 2021 and is only calculated if you have results for at least 50 points. Pass/Fail results are not included, (e.g. if you completed 50 points and 12.5pts have a CMP grade, a benchmark is not calculated). If you do not have a benchmark WAM, all of your results in these periods are excluded from your WAM.

    The benchmark WAM calculations per year are as follows: 

    Alternative WAM calculation 2020 -  the benchmark WAM is calculated using all subjects undertaken in 2019 and earlier for which you have results. A benchmark is only calculated if you have results for at least 50 points prior to 2020.

    Alternative WAM calculation SHY 2021 - the benchmark WAM is calculated using all subjects undertaken prior to this point.  A benchmark is only calculated if you have results for at least 50 points prior to SHY 2021. If you have results for 2020 subjects that are excluded from your WAM, these results will not count towards the 50 points needed to calculate a benchmark WAM.

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  • I want to know if my subjects are included or excluded in my WAM.

    You can see if subjects are included in your WAM by viewing your Statement of Results or Academic Transcript.

    Subjects that have ^ next to them indicate that the subject is excluded from your WAM. The Academic Transcript also has a statement that explains what ^ means if it appears next to a mark. Subjects that don't have this symbol are likely included in your WAM.

    You can review more information about WAM changes here.

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  • How can I request for my COVID-19 grades to be included in my WAM?

    You can request to have COVID-19 grades included in your WAM via the online form.

    You can request this at any stage, but it's recommended to wait until the end of your course to correctly calculate if including your COVID-19 grades will increase your WAM. If you’re completing your course, you can confirm the deadline to submit this request here to ensure you receive an accurate Academic Transcript.

    Please note, choosing which COVID-19 subjects to include or exclude from your WAM is not permitted.

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  • Can I convert my WAM to GPA?

    The University publishes a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) for all students who commenced their course after 1 January 2010. The WAM is a form of Grade Point Average (GPA).

    However, prospective employers or other educational institutions may request your GPA instead. The University does not calculate an official GPA from a student's WAM. Please clarify with the third party how they will calculate your GPA as the method they use may vary from the University's WAM calculation.

    If you would like to investigate previous grading schemes, please visit the Previous grading schemes website.

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  • Can I get further information about WAMnesty?

    Results from 2020 and second half-year 2021 subjects will not be included in the calculation of your WAM unless the mark achieved for a subject is equal to or higher than the WAM you achieved prior to 2020 or second half-year 2021.

    However, there are a few exceptions to the revised WAM calculations you may need to be aware of.

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  • Am I eligible for Final Subject Assessment (FSA)?

    If you've failed a single subject in your last year of study, and would otherwise have completed your course, you might be eligible for Final Subject Assessment (FSA).

    If you meet the strict eligibility criteria, you may be offered an additional assessment for the failed subject to successfully pass your course.

    Please note, you can’t apply for FSA. Your faculty will advise you if you're eligible and your FSA will likely be conducted in the special and supplementary exam period for either study period.

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  • I need help understanding my results.

    Your subject results can be viewed after the results release date on your student portal under the 'Exams and Results' tab.

    You can also view the University's grading scheme which breaks down what each grade code and mark means.

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  • How do I decline my special exam?

    If you're offered a special assessment or exam and no longer wish to accept it, you can decline the special exam and accept your original mark instead. To do so, you must submit the Special Exam Decline form.

    If you've been invited to graduate but have been offered a special assessment for a passed subject, you must decline the special assessment by the deadline to ensure you graduate on time. If you decide to sit your special assessment, then you won’t be eligible to graduate in the current graduation round as your result will not be finalised in time. You will instead be invited to the next graduation round.

    Opening an exam counts as an official exam attempt. If you don’t intend to take the special assessment, do not open your exam as this will count as an attempt and your mark will supersede your previous attempt, even if it is 0.

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  • Why is my failed subject still on my study plan?

    Failed subjects will be removed from Study Plans on a daily basis, starting from 25 November. You'll be able to re-enrol in the failed subject once it is removed from your Study Plan.

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