Exam dates and timetable

Find out when your exams will be held and how to access your personal exam timetable.

Exam dates

You must plan to be available during the entire examination period (including the special and supplementary period), as the exam timetable is subject to change.

Semester 1, 2020Date
Exam timetable available Monday 25 May by 5pm
SWOT Vac Monday 8 June to Friday 12 June
Exam period Monday 15 June to Friday 3 July
Official results release date Friday 17 July
Special and supplementary exam timetable available Monday 20 July by 5pm
Special and supplementary exam period Thursday 23 July to Thursday 30 July

How to access your exam timetable

You will be able to view your individual exam timetable via the my.unimelb homepage.

Check if your subject has further assessment tasks such as take-home, practical, oral or performance exams, via your LMS subject site or ask your Subject Coordinator.

Faculty-managed exams

Some exams will not be centrally-managed and will be coordinated by your faculty. If you have any faculty-managed exams, you will be notified of this by your Subject Coordinator.

View the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music exam arrangements for Semester 1, 2020.

Your exam details

Your exam timetable in my.unimelb will include the exam type, start and end time, duration and reading time (if applicable) for each of your exams.

A screenshot showing each of the below fields in my.unimelb

If you are sitting an exam with Alternative Exam Arrangements, an example of your exam timetable can be found on the Alternative Exam Arrangements page.

Subject codes for supplementary exams may look different in your exam timetable

If you are sitting an exam in the supplementary exam period, note that the subject code may look slightly different in your exam timetable in my.unimelb than previous exams. For example, for the subject FNCE30009 Ethics in Finance, it may be displayed as FNCE30009-20-SUM Ethics in Finance. In this example, the ‘20’ refers to 2020 (the year in which the subject was taken) and ‘SUM’ refers to the Summer Term (the study period in which the subject was taken).

Exam type

This displays the exam type for your exam. Different exam types will have different time commitments and conditions, so you will need to be prepared for the assigned exam types for each of your exams.

Start time

This is the time that you will be able to commence your exam. Each exam type will have different time commitments, so the time that you will be able to begin your exam may depend on the exam type. For example, if you have a broad time limit exam scheduled, you may choose to start this at a later time depending on its end time.

End time

This is the time that you will need to complete and submit your exam by.

Reading time

Any reading time for your exam is included in the official exam duration.

Having issues?

  • If you can't view your full timetable in my.unimelb, try searching for your individual subjects using the subject code via the exam timetable system.
  • If you are trying to view your exam timetable in the LMS please keep in mind:
    • If you are sitting an exam with custom arrangements or Alternative Exam Arrangements, the LMS calendar may not display the correct start and end time. Please check your student email for more information. You will be notified via email when the correct details are in the LMS.
    • To ensure you have all of the information and details that you need to plan your exam schedule carefully, please refer to the my.unimelb homepage for your full individual exam timetable.

How to plan your exam schedule

Check your exam timetable carefully. Different exam types will have different time commitments, so you will need to plan your schedule carefully to leave enough time to complete all of your exams in the time permitted.

Your exam timetable may have two exams scheduled to start at the same time, and so it will appear that you have an exam clash. However, just because you have exams scheduled at the same start time, this doesn’t always mean you have an unacceptable exam clash.

Example one

In the below example, Exam 01 is scheduled within the same period as Exam 02:

Monday Recommended plan
9am Exam 01
Strict time limit (within a broader time limit window) exam
2-hour exam within a 6-hour window
Exam 02
Strict time limit exam
2-hour exam
Commence Exam 02
10am
11am  Exam 02 concludes, submit exam
12pm   Lunch break
1pm   Commence Exam 01
2pm  
3pm   Exam 01 concludes, submit exam
  • Exam 01 is a ‘broad time limit exam’, meaning that you will have a window of time to complete and submit your exam. For these types of exams, it's important to know the time window allocated to these online exam types (broad time limit exams/take home exams), as it is key to how you will manage your time.
  • Exam 02 is a ‘strict time limit exam’, meaning that you have a strict time period in which to complete and sit the exam.

In this example, the two online exams are scheduled on the same day, with an identical scheduled start time of 9am:

  • Exam 01 is a ‘broad time limit exam’ which opens at 9am and closes at 3pm.
  • Exam 02 is a ‘strict time limit exam’ which begins at 9am and finishes at 11am.

This is an acceptable exam clash as you have enough time to complete both exams on the same day.

What should you do?

  • In this example, you are expected to complete Exam 02 first, because it must be completed and submitted by 11am.
  • You can then take a break, after which you can complete Exam 01 within the remainder of the 6-hour window scheduled, before it closes at 3pm.
  • Please note that if you are starting Exam 01 any later than 1pm, it will reduce your exam writing time, as the broad time window closes at 3pm. Therefore, it's important to plan and manage your time carefully to make sure you get to use the full amount of time allocated to the exam.

Example two

In the below example, the student has three ‘broad time limit (take home) exams’. Each must be completed within a 72-hour window, and these broad time limit windows overlap.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
AM 9am start
Exam 01
9am start
Exam 03
  9am end
Exam 01
9am end
Exam 03
PM 4pm start
Exam 02
   4pm end
Exam 02
 
  • While you might have a window of 72 hours in which to complete each exam, it is important to understand that you are not expected to take the full 72 hours to complete the exam.
  • Your Subject Coordinator can provide you with advice on how long your exam should take you to complete.

What should you do?

  • In this example, you should divide up your time across the three exams, potentially starting with Exam 01 which is due first, followed by Exam 02, and Exam 03.
  • As each exam has a 72-hour window, you have some flexibility in when you choose to complete each exam. If you plan your time right, you should have at least one full day to complete each exam.
  • You can choose to submit your exams as you finish them (if it is a quiz , it will auto-submit) or leave them for a final review later. If you decide to leave your exams for a final review later, just make sure you submit them before each of their deadlines.
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
AM Start
Exam 01 
Finish
Exam 01 
  Start
Exam 03 
Finish
Exam 03 
PM   Start
Exam 02 
Finish
Exam 02 
  

What if I have a departmental exam clash?

If your central exam clashes with a Departmental (DEPT) exam, test, or intensive, you should contact your Subject Coordinator and/or department so that they can make alternative arrangements for you. You are expected to complete all of your centrally-managed exams at their scheduled time.

What if I have three exams in one day?

Students can sit no more than two exams in one day. With the new online exam types, you may have three assessments starting on one day, however, you will not be asked to submit three assessments on the same day. At least one of the three assessments will be due on a different day.

If a Departmental (DEPT) exam is one of your three exams in one day, contact your Subject Coordinator and/or department so that they can make alternative arrangements for that exam. You are expected to complete all of your centrally-managed exams at their scheduled time.