What to do if you've been offered special or supplementary assessment.
Special assessment (including special exams)
Special assessment (which may be a special exam) is awarded as a special consideration outcome. It may also be provided as an outcome of technical consideration for online assessment. You will know if you have been offered special assessment as:
- This will be stated in the email that advises you of your special consideration application outcome, and
- One of the following interim results will be recorded for that subject:
- ‘S’ grade - this indicates you have been offered a special exam which will be during the special and supplementary exam period, or
- 'WAF' grade - this indicates that a different type of special assessment will be offered. This could be a special exam offered at a different time, or a different type of assessment (eg a take-home essay). You will receive details via email.
Do I have to complete a special assessment?
If you are offered special assessment you have two options:
- Undertake special assessment.
- The mark from the special assessment will supersede the mark from the first assessment (even if the original mark is higher than the second mark).
- If you initially passed your subject, but subsequently failed after completing special assessment, you will be ineligible to apply for fee remission.
- If you open your online exam, this counts as an official exam attempt and you must complete it. Your mark from the supplementary exam will replace your previous exam mark.
- Decline the special assessment and accept your original mark.
- You can decline the special assessment by using the special exam decline form.
What happens if I open my exam then don’t complete it?
Opening an online exam (even for a few seconds) counts as an official exam attempt. This means that your mark from the supplementary exam will replace your previous exam mark.
If you don’t wish to sit the exam, do not open it. If you open a supplementary exam and immediately close it, your original exam mark will be replaced with a fail.
Can I graduate if I have been offered special assessment? Tight deadlines apply.
If you take up special assessment you will not be able to graduate in the current graduation round. This is because your results will not be finalised in time. You will instead be invited to graduate in the next graduation period you are eligible for.
If you have been invited to graduate, and been offered special assessment for a subject that you have passed (ie an 'S' or 'WAF' grade is recorded with a mark of at least 50%), you will receive an email that advises you how to decline the special assessment.
The email includes a date by which you must decline the special assessment if you wish to graduate in the current graduation round. The due date is usually four working days before the official results release date, however you should be able to view your results seven days before then to help make your decision.
Supplementary assessment (including supplementary exams)
Supplementary assessment is a form of further assessment, which is often a second, additional formal exam.
Supplementary assessment is usually offered only if:
- There is doubt as to whether you have passed or otherwise satisfied the assessment requirements.
- You have been granted final subject assessment (FSA).
If you have been offered supplementary assessment, the maximum mark you can obtain for the subject is 50%.
You will know if you have been offered supplementary assessment if you receive an email to advise that you have been offered final subject assessment (FSA) or supplementary assessment. If the supplementary assessment or FSA will be an exam offered in the special and supplementary exam period, there will be an 'S' grade recorded for that subject.
Results for special or supplementary assessment will be released within ten working days after the final assessment is sat or submitted.
How does completing special or supplementary assessment impact my WAM?
The University of Melbourne Academic Board has revised the WAM assessment for the First Half Year 2020. For more information visit the WAM information on the COVID-19 student updates page.