How do I take my exam?

Find out about the different exam formats that will be used for Semester 2, 2020.

How online exams work

Exams for Semester 2, 2020 will be delivered online due to COVID-19. For the latest information about exams, study resources and support services, visit Exams.

  • Your exam timetable will display a set exam start time (eg 10am) and end time (eg 12pm). You will have a set period of time to complete your exam (eg two hours).
  • You will only have access to the exam in the LMS during the scheduled time slot.
  • Questions may be multiple choice, short or long answer. Some exams may require you to upload written material, or you may be supervised while taking your exam via Zoom. See exam formats for more information.
  • If your exam has reading time, this will be listed in your individual exam timetable (eg 15 minutes). Reading time is built into the duration of the exam.
  • At the end of the exam duration, you will submit your exam via the LMS. Please see exam formats for more information on the submission process for your exam.
  • Exam submissions can be made up to 30 minutes after the exam end time if required; this is to accommodate any technical issues that may arise. The Subject Coordinator may request evidence of technical issues that may arise. See exam formats for more information.

Exam formats

Your Subject Coordinator may use one or more of the following exam formats when creating the exam that you will take on exam day. Your Subject Coordinator will tell you before the exam what format/formats it will take. Please check your LMS subject site or contact your Subject Coordinator for more information.

Faculty-managed exams

If you are studying a specialist subject, a subject with a practical component (eg Melbourne Medical School or Faculty of Fine Arts and Music subjects), or a subject with another type of online assessment managed by your faculty such as take-home assessments, there may be different exam arrangements in place for you. Your Subject Coordinator will advise you of these arrangements.

What can I use in my exam?

  • In the Semester 2, 2020 online exams, you may be allowed to use notes, textbooks or resource materials as authorised by the Board of Examiners.
  • These exams will test your ability to use your notes and textbooks to analyse information and apply knowledge.
  • Your Subject Coordinator will confirm with you what materials will be permitted for your exam sitting and any supervision arrangements which will be in place throughout the exam.

Privacy and security

The University is committed to protecting your privacy. The University embeds privacy considerations into the design and architecture of information technology systems and business processes, including those that will be used for the delivery of the Semester 2, 2020 online examinations. These have all been approved by the University's Privacy Office and are compliant with the University’s Privacy Policy.

For further information about students and privacy, see the Student charter and read the LMS privacy collection notice.

Academic integrity in online exams

It is important for all students to understand their responsibilities for ethical scholarly practices. Academic integrity refers to students submitting scholarly work for assessment that represents their own original ideas and original work. The University of Melbourne expects the highest scholarly standards from its students in all areas of their learning and assessment.

Find out more

Updated academic integrity advice for online examinations is available on the Academic Integrity website. It includes information on the academic integrity declaration for exam and assessment tools, and advice on how to ensure you comply with academic integrity during your online exams. We recommend you review this information carefully and also complete the academic integrity learning module prior to sitting your exams.