If I forget my student ID card, am I still able to enter the exam room? 

  • As a student, you must have a valid current student ID card.
  • If you don’t have your student ID, you need to have your identity confirmed at a Student Centre before you can enter the exam room. Make sure you organise this ahead of time because you can’t be given extra time to complete your exam if you have to go to a Student Centre.
  • If the exam is held outside Student Centre hours, other photographic ID is acceptable.


What happens if I am late for the exam?

  • You will need permission from the examination supervisor and will only be able to enter the room during the first 60 minutes of the exam (for courses of 2 units or more).
  • Regardless of whether the examination supervisor allows you in, if the reason for being late meets the eligibility criteria for a deferred exam, you may choose not to enter the exam room and instead apply for a deferred exam.
  • Check this link to see if you meet the eligibility criteria for a deferred exam.


What happens if I get sick during the exam?

  • Illness during an exam is not considered an acceptable reason for applying for a deferred exam or a one-off discretionary deferred exam.
  • However, medical conditions that suddenly present themselves during an exam (e.g. an epileptic seizure) are considered exceptional circumstances.
  • A medical condition will only be considered exceptional circumstances if it is sudden, unexpected, and debilitating, and requires exam supervisors to seek immediate medical attention for the student.
  • If you do fall ill, make sure you see a doctor THAT DAY and get a medical certificate. You should then seek advice from Student Advocacy and Support at UQU as soon as possible.
  • You will need a medical certificate dated the day of the exam detailing the suddenness of the onset of the condition, your predisposition to the condition, the seriousness of the symptoms, and the impact on your ability to remain and complete the exam.
  • Check this link if you want to check if you have exceptional circumstances. 


What do I do if I miss my exam?

  • If you miss your exam, check the list of exceptional and unavoidable circumstances in the following link: deferring an exam.
  • If you meet the criteria for exceptional and unavoidable circumstances then you should consider applying for a deferred exam.
  • Inform your course coordinator as soon as possible and make an appointment with Student Advocacy and Support to discuss your options.


How do I defer my exam?

  • If you have seen or attempted all or part of the original exam, you will not be eligible to apply for a deferred exam.
  • If you have seen or attempted the exam, make an appointment with Student Advocacy and Support immediately to discuss your options.
  • If you have not seen or attempted the exam, you can submit a ‘deferred exam request’ through mySI-net no later than 5 calendar days from the original exam date.
    • If you choose to submit a deferred exam request, you will need to provide evidence of exceptional and unavoidable circumstance that prevented you from sitting the original exam.
    • If you deferred exam request is due to medical reasons, a medical certificate MUST cover the date of the exam.
  • If your circumstances do not meet the criteria for exceptional or unavoidable circumstances, you can apply for a one-off discretionary deferred exam (please note, you can only do this once during your entire program). You do not need to provide evidence but you can upload supporting documents or give a brief explanation of your situation.
  • To apply for a deferred exam, follow the links provided: Apply for a deferred exam.
  • The policy for applying for deferred exams can be found section 3.9.1 (applications) in the following link: https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/3.10.11-examinations


What if I forget a pen, pencil, calculator etc? 

  • You can get exam supplies from the UQU Co-Op (free) and also from the UQU Second Hand Bookshop in the Union Complex.


How do I know whether the emergency pen/pencil/calculator/other that I have found is allowed into the exam room?


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Student Exam Support

Updated as of June 2022.