What do I need to bring to my exam?

You are limited to what you can take into an exam room and strict penalties apply if you take unauthorised materials into an exam.

You will not be able to bring handbags, rucksacks, mobile phones, smart watches or similar electronic devices into the exam room; please leave these at home.  To keep yourself out of strife, see below for a more detailed list of what NOT to bring.

If you do bring these items, you will be instructed to place them into the bag room and risk being late for the start of your exam.

All items brought into the examination venue will be checked for enhancement or tampering.


You MUST bring …

  • UniSA Student ID card or other form of photo ID (a driver’s licence or passport is acceptable as photographic identification). Note, if you bring a photo ID that is not your student ID card, make sure you know your student ID number.
  • Access Plan (if you have been approved for alternative exam arrangements)
  • Pens/pencils in a transparent pencil case or clear plastic sleeve (we will not be able to lend stationery if you forget to bring it)
  • Calculator (if your exam permits one – check with your lecturer if unsure)
    NB: spare calculators will not be provided if you forget yours

In addition, you may wish to bring

  • A small, clear bag to carry your permitted exam belongings
  • Water – this must be in a clear, unlabelled bottle with a spill proof cap and be non-carbonated
  • Keys, watch (not a smart watch) and wallet
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Permitted materials communicated to you by your lecturer
    All items must comply with specifications as advised by your lecturer and must not have been tampered with or contain any additional notes or material.

Do NOT bring …

  • Personal items, including handbags and backpacks
  • Any electronic device including mobile phones (even if switched off), smart watches, personal digital assistants, electronic fitness tracker, headphones, etc.
  • Unauthorised materials (including books, revision notes, examination answer booklets, attendance slips, any paper or other documents, including dictionaries) or equipment relevant to the exam
  • Opaque (not clear) pencil cases. Only see-through pencil cases are permitted.
  • Calculator cases and covers. These must be removed prior to entering the exam.
  • Blank paper. This includes tissues or anything else that could be used as blank paper.  Raise your hand if you require tissues and they will be provided in the exam.
  • Glass bottles / non-clear bottles / labelled bottles / fizzy drinks
  • Hot food or hot beverages
    Cold beverages should be in spill-proof containers such as bottles, not in cans or cartons. 
    Food should be limited to small snacks that are not noisy to eat and do not contain a strong aroma.

All unauthorised materials brought into the exam room will be collected and tagged for retrieval from the bag room after the exam.


Also permitted – noting these will be checked for tampering …

  • Glucose drink (e.g. Lucozade)
  • Glucose tablets (e.g. Dextro energy tablets)
  • Insulin syringes/supplies
  • Asthma inhalers
  • Epi-pen
  • Over-the-counter and/or prescription medicine
  • Medical aids (e.g. wrist splint/support, back support pillow, ice pack)

Possession of unauthorised items and using the bag room ...

The possession of unauthorised items in the exam room is a breach of examination procedures.

A search of ALL items brought into the exam room will be conducted. 

If non-approved materials are found in your possession they will be removed and sent to the bag room, and a Breach Report will be completed and sent to your Course Coordinator and Academic Integrity Officer.

Whilst the University provides a bag room, we strongly recommend you DO NOT bring personal/valuable items, including handbags, backpacks, mobile phones, personal digital assistants etc. If you do choose to use the bag room these items are left at your own risk. The University of South Australia takes no responsibility for any loss or damage to property brought into the exam room, including any items that are collected and stored in the bag room.

If you do plan on using the bag room at the Adelaide Showgrounds, please be aware it is located approximately 8 mins walking distance from the Ridley exam room.  Therefore, we recommend you plan to arrive early to allow for this and avoid any delays due to waiting in the queue.  The location of the bag room is indicated on the venue maps available on the Exam locations webpage.

More information about conduct in examinations can be found in Section 6 of the Assessment Policy and Procedures Manual Examination Procedures.