Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs) are study adjustments granted to students who require changes to the scheduled conditions or format of an exam.
Students with approved AEAs for Semester 1, 2021 exams
For details on your timetable and adjusted conditions see Information for students with approved AEAs.
Most exams for Semester 1, 2021 will be delivered online due to COVID-19. For the latest information about exams, study resources and support services, visit the exams page. If you have a ‘written campus exam’ then your exam will be delivered on campus.
AEAs apply to all exams, including:
- End-of-semester and end-of-year exams
- Supplementary and special exams
- In-class and mid-semester tests
- Practical exams.
What circumstances may require an AEA?
Circumstances might include:
- Chronic or permanent physical or mental health conditions
- Significant carer responsibilities
- Elite athletes or performers
- Defence Reservists
- Emergency volunteers
- Official religious or cultural reasons.
What adjustments are available?
Adjustments are determined case-by-case for individual subjects. Possible adjustments include:
- Additional reading and/or writing time
- Rest breaks
- Completing exams on a computer or by hand, according to disability adjustments
- Provision of a scribe or reader.
How to register
To be considered for an AEA and other study adjustments, follow these steps to register for ongoing support.
What if my exam does not appear in my.unimelb?
If you have an end of semester exam that does not appear on your exam timetable in my.unimelb, it is likely that this exam is being run directly by your faculty.
To discuss AEA conditions being applied to those exams, please contact your relevant faculty staff as per the instructions on your Academic Adjustment Plan.
Information for students with approved AEAs
Checking your exam timetable
You can view your exam timetable in my.unimelb. Here’s how to tell if your exam has AEAs included:
If you have time adjustments in your AEA conditions, these will now be itemised in your my.unimelb timetable and you will be able to select ‘View exam details without AEA’s’ to compare how the exam will run without your AEA conditions.
Start date and time
Noted in green beneath the subject name, this is the date and time that you will be able to commence your exam.
It is recommended you use this allocated time to read the exam and plan your approach. In the LMS and in my.unimelb, the reading time is automatically included in the official exam time, and begins at the listed start time of the exam.
The total writing time including any additional writing time in your AEAs is listed separately.
Rest breaks (if relevant)
If rest breaks are included in your AEA conditions, the total available break time will be separately listed.
How to apply rest breaks in the online exam environment:
In the online exam environment, rest breaks are self-managed:
- Each student with rest break adjustments keeps track of their break times
- You can take those breaks at any time during the exam that you need to
- If you do not need your full break allocation, you simply finish the exam earlier
- As in the on-campus environment, breaks cannot be converted to additional writing time.
We encourage students with time adjustments to practice tracking their time while completing their practice exams, and to create a plan for how you think the exam might go. Test different methods, for example writing your writing and break tally as you go, or using a stopwatch. This will help to relieve the pressure on the day of the exam, as you will have your timing plan in place to guide you.
Your exam venue will indicate whether Alternative Exam Arrangements have been made for that exam.
This displays the format of your exam. Different exam formats will have different time commitments and conditions, so you will need to be prepared for the assigned exam formats for each of your exams.
If your assessment conditions include a time-based adjustment (reading, writing or rest time), the adjustments have been assessed and accommodated for in each of your centrally-timetabled exams. Your conditions will be calculated and applied to your exam time in the LMS.
If you have a scheduling condition such as ‘morning exam only’, your condition has been accommodated in your exam timetable. If you see that you have an exam scheduled that does not accommodate your AEA conditions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessible formatting conditions
If your AEA conditions include accessible formatting requirements that have not already been met in the move to online delivery, please contact email@example.com to discuss your concerns as soon as possible.
If your AEA conditions include equipment requirements that you do not have in your current study environment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your concerns as soon as possible.
Other AEA enquiries
If you have any other questions about your AEA exams, please contact email@example.com.