Before exam day

Exams can be very stressful, so planning for your exams is very important. You should plan your time well and prepare in advance to avoid surprises. 

For information on unsupervised online exams, please go to your course site in learnonline.  Information is also available in the Assessment and Examinations section on the Campus Central COVID-19 FAQ page.

Check when the exam timetable will be published. This information is available on the exam timetable and release dates web page.

There are 3 ways you can view your exam timetable*:

*Please note all of the exam notification methods below are only available after the exam timetable release date 


1. Email – Personal exam timetable email sent on exam timetable release date

Students enrolled externally will receive two emails. The initial email will advise that they will be allocated to an external exam centre based on their mailing address. When an exam centre has been secured the student will receive a second email confirming their personal exam timetable with their allocated exam centre.

2. MyExams link – via student portal

Course timetable
This allows students to search by course to see the exam date, time and venue.

Personal timetable website
This timetable shows the student their individual timetable including the date, time and venue (this is the same information as the personal exam timetable email)

3. Exam timetable in Excel – Available on the exams website (all courses)


How long will it take to get to the exam venue? To assist with working out your travel plans, check out the exam locations page and what exam parking is available.

TIP: We suggest you leave home early to allow extra time for unexpected travel delays and/or if you plan to leave your bag in the secure storage area.



Did you know there are three different exam rooms at the Adelaide Showgrounds ... and sometimes the exam is split across rooms!  It's a good idea to check your personal exam timetable (that was emailed to your student email address) to see which room each of your exams is located in.  It could be the Ridley, Banquet or Arena exam room. 

TIP: Check the map of the Adelaide Showgrounds so you are familiar with where the room is located.


Know what you can and can’t bring into the exam room.  This information is outlined on the what do i need to bring to my exam webpage. 

Although you are sitting an invigilated online exam, the room you are taking your exam in is considered the 'exam room' and you are limited to what you can have with you.  Strict penalties apply if you have unauthorised materials in the exam room during your exam.


You MUST have…

  • UniSA Student ID card or other form of photo ID (a driver’s licence or passport is acceptable as photographic identification). 

In addition, you may wish to have in arms reach

  • Mobile phone - face down. This is only to be used to call for support.  These calls must be made on speaker phone.
  • Water – this must be in a clear, unlabelled bottle
  • Permitted materials communicated to you on the Course site and 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 have ....

  1. A smart watch, electronic fitness tracker or any other electrical device either worn or in the surrounding area
  2. Headphones, ear plugs, ear buds or anything in, over or surrounding the ears
  3. Audio visual devices playing (radio, tv, etc)
  4. Other people in the room (you cannot communicate with anyone, either in the exam room, or in another room)
  5. Any writing on anything in the exam area, including walls around you

The following items must not be in the exam area or used during your online exam, unless otherwise stated as permitted materials for the specific exam.  Your Online Course Facilitator/Course Coordinator will advise.

  1. paper
  2. writing implements (pens/pencils, etc)
  3. books, including dictionaries, textbooks, notebooks
  4. calculators
  5. post-it notes
  6. magazines


View the Online Exam Rules here.


Possession of unauthorised items 

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

If non-approved materials are identified, your exam sitting will be flagged for suspicious activity or a rules violation.  The video review will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator and Academic Integrity Officer for investigation.


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

We recommend watching the 'Preparing for your online exam' video located on Online Exams Preparation Guide.  This is available as follows:

UniSA students:

UniSA Online students:

Some quick TIPS are listed below:

  • Complete the Mandatory System Check and Mandatory Training Quiz
  • Take note of the permitted materials for the exam - these are available on the course site and from your lecturer
  • Save RPNow and UniSA Help Desk support phone numbers in your phone ... just in case!
  • Take note the published exam start time - remember this is Adelaide time
  • Notify friends, family and colleagues you will be unavailable
    - if others are at home, don't let them chew up your bandwidth!
  • Set up your exam room early so you're not rushed
    - tidy the clutter
    - have everything you need in arms reach
    - turn on all the lights
  • Dress appropriately
  • Go to the toilet before the start of the exam

also …

  • Let family, friends and colleagues know you are sitting an exam and are unavailable
  • Reduce use of bandwidth clutter e.g. Netflix or another computer running in a different room
  • Stay within view of the webcam AT ALL TIMES.