Examination conduct

Examinations are conducted according to the the Assessment Rule. The information below describes what to expect during an examination.

Candidates are reminded that the University requires all candidates to remain in Canberra for the duration of the official examination period in order to be available for any further examination which may be required.

Admission to examination room

  • Candidates will be asked to display their student ID card prior to admission to the examination room. A current Australian passport, a current international passport, or a current Australian driver's licence will also be accpeted in lieu of a student ID card.
  • Candidates will be admitted to the examination room in sufficient time to make full use of the study period (reading time) permitted for that examination. The study period immediately precedes the commencement of the examination.
  • Candidates may enter the examination room up to 30 minutes after the commencement of writing time. Candidates who arrive late will not be allowed additional time.
  • Food and drink are strictly prohibited from examination venues. Only water within a clear bottle is permitted.

Seating arrangements

  • All centrally administered examinations now have allocated seating. The Examinations Office will advise you [via your student email account] the venue and seat where you must undertake your examination. If you present to the incorrect venue, you will not be afforded entry.

Study period (reading time)

  • Examinations will typically allow a study period (reading time) at the beginning of the examination.
  • Candidates must not write in script books during the study period, but may make notes on the examination paper if it does not contain provision for answers. If the paper does contain provision for answers, then scribble paper will be provided. Candidates may refer to permitted materials during the study period.

Prohibited devices

Prohibited electronic devices in examinations include, but are not limited to:

  • mobile phones
  • watches (analogue, digital, smartwatch etc.)
  • electronic notebooks
  • organisers
  • electronic dictionaries
  • certain types of calculators (if excluded)
  • laptop computers
  • Smart glasses
  • Headphones

Permitted materials

  • All electronic devices, including (but not limited to) mobile phones and electronic dictionaries, are not permitted in examination rooms. Such items are prohibited even if the examination is 'Open Book' or 'No Restrictions'.
  • Candidates whose first language is not English may, with the written approval of the ANU College/School/Department/Centre responsible for the course, use dictionaries during the examination. If you wish to use a dictionary and it is not listed on the 'permitted material list' for your examination, please speak with the ANU College/School/Department/Centre administration offering the course.
  • Use of dictionaries where listed as a permitted material:
    • No electronic dictionaries allowed.
    • If the permitted material is listed as 'Dictionary - Any' then any dictionary (except electronic dictionaries) is permitted for that examination.
    • If the permitted material is listed as 'Dictionary - for students with written departmental approval only' then students are required to deliver their dictionary, with the appropriate approval letter, at least one session before the scheduled time of that examination, and no sooner than one day prior to the examination.
  • Valuable personal items should not be brought to examination venues. Personal items may be required to be left outside of examination venues at students' own risk.

During the examination

  • The invigilator in charge of the examination room will advise candidates when they may commence writing.
  • Candidates are not permitted to leave the examination room until 30 minutes have elapsed from the commencement of writing time. To avoide disturbances to other candidates, no candidate may leave the examination room during the last 30 minutes of the examination, unless circumstances permit the invigilator in charge of the examination to vary that time.
  • Notes, papers, manuscripts, books, notebooks etc. are not allowed into the examination room unless their use during the examination has been specifically permitted by the examiner. All permitted materials are listed on the front of your examination paper. If, during the examination, any candidate is found in possession of any unauthorised material or electronic device, that candidate shall be reported and action may be taken under the Discipline Rule or Academic Misconduct Rule. It is the student's responsibility to ensure prohibited items are not taken into the examination room.

Misconduct in examinations

Candidates are reminded that the University regards academic misconduct as a very serious matter. Candidates are encouraged to read the Discipline Rule and the Academic Misconduct Rule.

Misconduct includes any of the following:

  • cheating (including copying, or permitting another student to copy, an answer in relation to an examination or inappropriately gaining prior knowledge of any part of an examination)
  • plagiarism (including copying, paraphrasing or summarising, without appropriate acknowledgement, the words, ideas, scholarship or intellectual property of another person, whether or not it is with the knowledge or consent of that other person). Note: plagiarism may also take place when direct use of others' words is not indicated, for example by inverted commas or indentation, in addition to appropriate citation of the source.
  • except with the approval of the Delegated Authority, submitting for an examination any work previously submitted for examination
  • failing to comply with the University's instructions to students at, or in relation to, an examination
  • acting, or assisting another person to act, dishonestly or unfairly in or in connection with an examination
  • taking a prohibited document into an examination venue.

Further examination

Students should note that the Chair of Examiners in a course may require a student to take a further examination, and any such examination may be oral, written or practical.