Written campus exams

Tips and advice for sitting your written campus exam, including information about your venue, what to bring, and what to expect on the day.

Semester 1 online examinations are running as scheduled. On campus written exams have been rescheduled to take place in the third week of exams (21-25 June).

Students with rescheduled exams have been notified via student email. Students who successfully applied for a space on campus to sit their online exams can proceed to campus as planned. If you need a study space on campus, please submit a request.

The Exams Office and your Subject Coordinator will contact you if there are any further changes to your current exams timetable.


To minimise stress on the day, you should aim to arrive at your exam venue at least 15 minutes before your exam starts. Doors will open 10 minutes before the start of your exam. So, if you’re travelling via public transport, make sure you allow plenty of time. Use the PTV journey planner to get the latest updates and find the best route on the day. Visit our FAQ if you're unwell or injured on exam day.

There is one venue being used for exams in Semester 1, 2021 at the University of Melbourne. Your personal exam timetable in my.unimelb will list the venue for your exam, most exams will be held online this semester.

Kwong Lee Dow Building

  • The Kwong Lee Dow Building is located at 234 Queensberry St, at the corner of Leicester and Queensberry Streets. It is approximately eight minutes’ walk from Stop 1 Parkville (757 Swanston Street).
  • The exam space is on Level 1. Doors open 10 minutes prior to the official exam start time.

Facilities and services

Bathroom facilities

There are bathroom facilities available in the building

Field and medical assistance

There are medics on site at the venue

Food and drink

There is a café on Level 1

Pets are not permitted at examinations

This includes bringing your pet to the examination venue. If you bring a pet to an exam, the council will be contacted to remove the animal.


Check for your seat number (for each exam) on your personal exam timetable via my.unimelb. If you can’t see a seat number for one or more of your exams, don’t worry! Seat numbers are released closer to the date of your exam – just keep checking your timetable.

Seating plans are also displayed at the exam venue on the day.

Clash and Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs)

Clash venues and Alternative Exam Arrangements (AEAs) are situated in the Kwong Lee Dow Building . Details of these rooms are included in your personal timetables where applicable.

There are storage areas for bags at AEA venues, however they are unsecure.

What to bring to your exam

If you have an exam coming up, it’s important to know what items you are permitted to take into the venue.

Bring your student card

You must have your student card at your exam. If you have lost your student card, you can bring a hard copy of your Statement of Enrolment (available via my.unimelb ) and acceptable photo ID as proof of your identity. Your acceptable photo ID must be one of the following:

  • Passport
  • Australia state or territory issued drivers licence
  • Australian state or territory issued proof of identity card

We recommend that you bring only small essential items with you to your exam. Bags are not permitted in the examination space under any circumstances, you can only take your valuable items into the exam space. You can store your bag in unsecure storage areas, which are available at each exam venue.

Exam rules

Items you can use during your exam

  • Something to write with, including pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, either loose or in a clear plastic bag. Liquid pens and correction tape can be used; however, bottles of whiteout are not permitted.
  • Analogue and digital watches. Analogue watches are permitted on the table during your exam. Digital watches must be placed under your desk during your exam. No watches are permitted to be worn during your exam.
  • Mathematical instruments including stencils to draw shapes, protractors, either loose or in clear plastic bag. No pencil cases permitted.
  • Water in a clear bottle – no labels allowed.
  • Pharmaceutical medications.
  • Valuable items (including wallets, passports, keys, mobile phones and laptops) are permitted but must remain under your desk and switched off throughout the entire exam.
  • Other items approved by the University under special examination requirements, such as ergonomic supports, heat packs, diabetes testing kits and technology customised to individual student needs (e.g. Braille note computer). Food can only be brought into the venue if required for medical reasons.
Open book exams

If you have an open book exam, your lecturer will advise what materials you can use during the exam. This information will also appear on the cover page of the exam.

You must keep large textbooks under your desk when they are not in use.

Items you can’t use during your exam

Unless otherwise authorised, i.e. advised by your subject coordinator and it is stated on the exam cover page, you can’t access the following during your exam:

  • Food (unless approved for medical purposes).
  • Drinks other than water. Coffee and energy drinks are not allowed. Water must be in a clear bottle (no labels are allowed).
  • Calculators (unless permitted by your subject coordinator. If permitted, calculators must not be used during reading time). The University-approved calculator is the Casio FX82 (any suffix). No other models of calculators will be permitted unless otherwise specified on your exam paper or by your subject coordinator. You are required to purchase your own calculator and are responsible for ensuring your calculator is in good working order with fresh batteries.
  • Dictionaries (unless permitted by your subject coordinator. If permitted, calculators must not be used during reading time).
  • Pencil cases.
  • Notepads or loose sheets of paper.
  • Textbooks or course notes.
  • Diaries.
  • Electronic devices, including mobile devices, music players, computers, iPads and smart watches, except the University-approved Casio FX82.

Any materials that you bring into the exam venue that are not permitted according to the University’s Assessments and Results Policy must be placed under your desk before the start of the exam. Exam supervisors will confiscate unauthorised materials if it appears that you are using them improperly. Read more about what happens during an exam.

What happens during your written campus exam

  • Arriving at the exam venue
    • Arrive at the exam venue at least 15 minutes prior to the official exam start time and check in to the building for contact tracing. In most instances, you can either:
      • Swipe your student card: Swipe your Student ID on the card reader upon entry. Make sure to swipe it even if the card reader is green and the door is open - your card will be registered and timestamped. The more often you swipe your Student ID, the more accurate contact tracing can be if the need arises.
      • Scan the QR code: If a swipe card reader is not available and/or you don’t have your Student ID, scan the QR codes to check in.
        Note: in some buildings, QR code scanning is mandatory regardless of swipe card access,  due to the nature of the space. This will be clearly indicated on signs in the space.
    • Check your seat number
    • Get your student ID ready. If you’ve lost your ID, get your acceptable form of photo ID and an electronic copy of your Statement of Enrolment ready.
    • Make sure you have the materials you need. Once you enter the venue, you can’t leave.
    • Use the bathroom facilities.
    • Take out your electronic devices and switch them off. This includes smart watches.
  • Entering the exam venue
    • Doors open 10 minutes before the official exam start time.
    • Walk in and take your seat. If you can’t find it, speak with a staff member wearing a vest (any colour). Remember once you’re in, you can’t leave the venue!
    • Raise your hand if you need help from a staff member.
    • Read the sticker on your desk. There are instructions on what can and can’t be on your desk. Place only permitted items on your desk. This includes your ID, which must be placed next to your seat number on the desk. Analogue and digital watches are not permitted to be worn during your exam. Analogue watches may be placed on the desk. Digital watches must be placed under your desk.
    • Store your valuables under the desk, including laptops, phones, tablets and smart watches. All your electronic devices must be switched off. Your phone must remain switched off until you are outside the venue.
    • If your desk is wobbly, put your hand up and a supervisor can assist.
    • Listen to the audio announcements, as there are important reminders.
    • If you need to go to the bathroom raise your hand. Remove everything from your pockets before going to the bathroom. If you are caught with taking anything (such as notes or your phone) to the toilet, you will be reported to your faculty.
    • Do not open your exam paper or touch your exam until you are given permission to do so by an announcement over the loudspeaker.
     Example of a desk with exam paper, multiple choice answer sheet and script books

    Example of a desk with exam paper, multiple choice answer sheet and script books.

    Example of desk arrangement with exam paper and script books

    Example of desk arrangement with exam paper and script books.

    Consider the below checklist

    Empty pockets
    Turn off all mobile phones and devices
    Place all items under the desk
    Raise your hand if you need assistance
  • Start of your exam: reading time
    • Most exams have a reading time of 15 minutes. If you've been allocated 30 minutes, you will be given separate instructions before your exam. Reading time allows you to familiarise yourself with the exam paper before the exam officially begins.
    • The start of reading time will be announced over the loudspeaker.
    • If you have a question about the content of your exam paper, put up your hand and the examiner for your subject will be on hand to answer your question.
    • Unless otherwise indicated on the front cover of your exam paper, do not use calculators or write on your exam paper or forms during this time. Otherwise your papers will be replaced and you may be reported to your faculty.
  • Start of writing time
    • Write your name and student ID on every form – this takes about 2 minutes. You will not be given extra time at the end of the exam to fill this in, so do this at the start!
    • Good luck!
    • We have medics at all venues so if you feel unwell put up your hand for assistance.
    • If you have questions, need water or want to go to the toilet, also raise your hand for assistance.
    • You can’t leave the venue in the first 30 minutes of the exam or in the last 15 minutes of the exam. Refer to the Assessments and Results policy for more details.
    • It will be announced when you have 15 and then 10 minutes left of the exam.
    • If you finish early, put up your hand and a supervisor will come over to you.
  • End of your exam
    • There will be an announcement which will instruct you to stop writing. You must stop immediately. This includes writing your name and ID on your forms. Otherwise you will be reported to your faculty.
    • Place every paper that you have been issued with, including question papers, script books, answer sheets, graph paper and formulae sheets inside the cover of a single script book. A supervisor will collect these from you shortly. You're not allowed to take exam question papers with you.
    • You need to wait in your seat until it is announced that you can leave. During this time you’re not allowed to talk or use your phone.
    • Once you can leave, collect any belongings from the top of your desk.
    • Remember to check under your seat for any belongings you’ve placed there.
    • And don’t forget to collect your bag from storage!
    • Don’t worry if you have left belongings behind. Lost property will be held at the exam venue until the next business day. If you can’t collect your items until the next business day, the items will be available from either Stop 1 Parkville (student cards only) or Union House (all other lost property items).

    Well done on completing your exam!

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: