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 will be sent a personal exam timetable to their UniSA student email address on exam timetable release date. 

2. MyExams link – via student portal

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

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

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

TRAVEL TIME

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

TIP: We suggest you leave home early to allow extra time for unexpected travel delays.

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.

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

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: https://lo.unisa.edu.au/course/view.php?id=12777

UniSA Online students: https://uo.unisa.edu.au/course/view.php?id=122&sectionid=13968

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.