Exam Tips

It’s a stressful time of the semester and it’s easy to overlook some basic things in preparation for exams. Read the below carefully to make sure you’re prepared…


You must  display your UWA student card on your desk for the duration of the exam.  If you’ve lost  it, visit Student Central for a replacement as soon as possible.

Student cards cost $15 (excluding GST). Student Central’s opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm. They are also open on Saturdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm during standard semester exam periods.


If you are found with a piece of paper with some notes on it this can be classed as unauthorised material and can result in a zero for the exam! Please familiarise yourself with the do and don’ts below and save yourself the trouble of being penalised for academic misconduct.

You CAN take:

  • Your campus card (REQUIRED)
  • Clear pencil case or plastic bag (containing only items required for the exam, such as pens, pencils, erasers  and rulers)
  • Clear bottle of water (with labels removed)
  • A calculator if required (with an Approved sticker obtained from Student Administration, your Faculty office or the Co-op)
  • Your mobile phone (but you must switch it off before entering the venue and leave it  under your desk for the duration of the exam)
  • Pharmacy medications and other items in accordance with alternative exam arrangements
  • In the case of open book exam, additional items as indicated by your lecturer

You CANNOT take:

  • Textbooks, course notes, diaries, dictionaries or other study materials (unless the exam  is open book)
  • Laptops, tablets, audio equipment or smart watches
  • Notes of any kind including those written on rulers, calculators or calculator covers, on  your body or anywhere else
  • Blank paper
  • Any other item or material that may cause disruption or provide you with an unfair  advantage.


There may have been some last minute changes to the exam time or location – always triple check your personal exam timetable on studentConnect. If you miss your exam due to misreading your timetable you will NOT be given special consideration. Allow plenty of time for travel/parking  and if you’re not familiar with the venue, find it in advance on the campus map.


If you arrive less than 30 minutes late, you will be permitted to take the exam (but will not be  granted extra time). If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, you should go to Student Central  immediately.


Stay seated and raise your hand to get a supervisor’s attention. They will take you to the University Medical Centre, where a medical practitioner can assist with your application for special consideration.


During examination periods, Student Administration is open from 8.30am to 5pm weekdays plus 8.30am to 4.30pm Saturdays to help you with any exam related enquiries. You can visit them in Student Central or phone 6488 3235 and select the exams option from the menu.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions on askUWA.


If you’re unable to sit an exam or you believe your exam performance was significantly impacted due to factors outside your control you may be eligible to seek an opportunity to re-sit by applying for special consideration. You only have three working days after the date of the exam to apply!

If you are dissatisfied with a decision regarding examinations you may request a review of that decision.

Contact Student Assist if you’d like advice or assistance on these procedures.


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