Remote exams and assessments
To protect our students, staff and the community from the spread of COVID-19, there will be no in-person, invigilated exams held in the Summer exam period.
Final exams that would normally be scheduled in exam halls/facilities on UOW's Australia-based campuses will either be conducted remotely via Moodle or replaced with alternate assessments. These arrangements will be determined on a subject-by-subject basis and will be communicated to you by your subject coordinator.
Remote Exam FAQs
We understand that many students have questions about how final exams and assessments will be conducted in a remote learning environment.
To help you prepare for the exam period, we've listed the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions below.
We’ll continue to work through your questions and post answers here as they become available. So please refer back regularly.
Note: The below information only applies to UOW students enrolled at an Australian campus. If you are a UOW College student or enrolled at an offshore campus, please refer to their websites for information.
1. Preparing for your exam
- How should I prepare for my exam?
- Will there be any exams held on campus?
- Can I still visit a UOW campus to study for my exams and assessments?
- Will I get a study recess before the exam period?
- Do I need to have my calculator approved before my exam?
- I’m worried that I won’t be able to complete my final exams at home
- I'm a Reasonable Adjustment (RA) student. How will the changes to final exams affect my alternative exam arrangements?
Here’s a checklist of things to help prepare for your exams:
- Read your exam timetable carefully
For the date the timetable will be released refer to the Exams and Results key dates page. Your timetable will list all the important details about exams including any timing requirements and any required items (like calculators and textbooks). Note any timed exams in your calendar so you don’t miss them.
- Test your technology with our online tool
We've developed a Technical Practice Exam that allows you to test your internet and equipment prior to your exam.
- Have a stable internet connection
Ensure your internet connection is not interrupted or slowed, ask other people in your house not to watch Netflix or download large files while you are sitting your exam.
- Ensure your devices are charged
If you’re using a laptop, make sure it’s charged and you’re near a power source should you need it.
- Set up a quiet workspace and remove distractions
If you have housemates, let them know when your exams are on. Ensure browser pop-ups and social media notifications are turned off.
- Allow plenty of time to set up
For timed exams, ensure you’ve allowed plenty of time beforehand to set up your device, check your internet connection and log into the system.
- Know what to do if you need help during an exam
Please call +61 4221 3000 8 am - 8 pm Monday to Friday, or you can report an exam issue here.
If you think you may not be able to complete your exams remotely from home due to internet connectivity issues, the lack of required IT equipment or other extenuating circumstances, please contact the Exams Team here.
To protect our staff, students and the community from the spread of COVID-19, there will be no in-person, invigilated exams held in the Summer exam period.
Final exams that would normally be scheduled in exam halls/facilities on UOW's Australia-based campuses will either be delivered remotely or have been replaced by an alternate assessment task.
Arrangements are specific to each subject and will be communicated to you by your Subject Coordinators.
Yes you can. UOW has been working to ensure that all campuses are open and operational, as well as safe and healthy for students who need to access facilities. All visitors to campus must practice physical distancing restrictions enforced by the Government to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
On-campus you will see that distancing measures require us to put in place strict limits of the number of people physically accessing facilities, such as computer labs and libraries, as well as the number of people in groups indoors and outdoors. You will see we have also removed furniture in communal spaces, and UOW security staff will be on campus reminding people where they see risk.
For more information on physical distancing, visit the Australian Department Health website.
Where can I study?
The Wollongong Campus Library has limited visitor capacity due to social distancing, but you can check the current occupancy of the Library online to help plan your visit. If the Library it at capacity, please consider alternative study spaces.
Assisting students most in need
While we're committed to doing all we can to assist our students, some students are not fortunate enough to have access to a place to study, to wi-fi or a computer and are in great need to access them on campus.
We're seeking your support only to use on-campus facilities in buildings, libraries and labs if you cannot do this remotely in another location. By doing this, we will be able to give priority access for people in real need. Laptop loans and other IT support may be available for students whilst studying remotely. If you are unable to sit your exams remotely, please complete the request for support during exams form.
For more information on accessing campus facilities, visit the COVID-19 Student information page.
Due to final exams being conducted remotely, we are not able to provide students with the UOW approved calculator label. You must still ensure that your calculator is an approved model. Please refer to our calculators page to ensure that your model meets the required criteria.
If you think you may not be able to complete your exams remotely from home due to internet connectivity issues, the lack of required IT equipment or other extenuating circumstances, please contact the Exams Team here to discuss your options.
There will be some aspects of your RA document that we are not able to assist within a remote environment, but any provisions that we can reasonably accommodate will be provided. If you have concerns about your individual RA document please contact your disability liaison officer.
2. Your Exam Timetable
- How will my final exams be formatted? Will they be timed?
- When and how will I get my exam timetable?
- What will be included in my exam timetable?
- What if I’m unable to undertake my exam at the scheduled time?
- I’m a distance student. Do I have to arrange any supervision for my exams?
- I’m studying outside of Australia. Will exam dates and times be adjusted for my time zone?
The format, timing and submission processes for final exams are specific for each subject and will be listed on your exam timetable. Formats may include:
- Exam is open for 24 hours and must be completed within that period. Some exams may have a time limit once started.
- Exam is scheduled at a specific date and time (e.g. Tuesday, 2 pm - 5 pm).
It’s important to read your exam timetable closely to see if there are any timed components.
Personalised exam timetables are released on SOLS under Timetable - Exam Timetable. For timetable release dates visit the exam dates page.
Your exam timetable will be organised by subject. Under each subject, the following details will be listed:
- Your task window, which is a defined period of time you can access, complete and submit an assessment task.
- Whether or not it is a timed assessment
- Instructions on how to access the assessment online
- Items you should have available to complete the assessment (e.g. UOW approved calculator/textbook)
- Reasonable adjustments (if applicable)
If you have any questions about your exam timetable, please contact the Exams Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to sit an exam due to illness or another extenuating circumstance, you must apply for academic consideration to request a deferred exam.
If your request is approved, you will be allocated a WD – Withheld Deferred grade for the subject, until you have successfully completed the deferred exam.
For Spring Session 2020, deferred exams will be held over two periods:
- 14 – 18 December 2020 (timetable will be released 8 December)
- 1 – 5 February 2021 (timetable will be released 22 December)
Your Subject Coordinator will advise whether your deferred exam will be held in December or February via SOLS.
As final exams are being conducted remotely, students studying by distance are not required to organise a supervisor for their exams. Please refer to your exam timetable for all requirements relating to your exams. If you are undertaking your exam in another country, please take note of different time zones as explained below.
Exams will not be adjusted for overseas time zones. All exam dates and times for Australian based UOW subjects are listed in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). This includes due dates and submission times for alternate assessment tasks.
Therefore, if you are currently overseas, and enrolled in Australian based subjects, you should account for any time difference between AEDT and your local time zone. This online Time Zone Converter can assist in converting a date and time in AEDT to your local time zone overseas.
Please review your exam timetable to see whether your exams are being held at a specific date and time, or whether you have been allocated a time period within which you can complete the task. Learn more about the different types of exam formats.
If you are unable to sit a remote exam at the scheduled time please contact the Exams Team to assess alternative exam sittings for you at email@example.com.
3. The day of your exam
- How do I access my exam?
- What if I’m late for the start of my exam?
- Will I need to have my student ID card checked prior to commencing my exam?
- How long will I have to complete my exam?
- What reference materials am I allowed to access during a remote exam?
- What do I do if I have technical issues (e.g. my Moodle exam won't submit)?
- What if I get interrupted during my exam (e.g. need bathroom break)?
- What do I do if I become ill during a remote exam and cannot finish it?
- What should I do if I have been unable to sit my exam due to illness or other circumstances outside of my control (including carer responsibilities)?
- I’m in my final session and am required to take a deferred or supplementary exam. Will this impact my eligibility to graduate?
Your exam timetable will include instructions on how to access each task. Most exams will be hosted on the subject’s Moodle site. If you have any questions about accessing exams, please contact your Subject Coordinator.
If your exam starts at a specific time, (e.g. starts at 9 am and ends at 12 pm on Tuesday), you can still commence the exam late, but you will not be given extra time.
Students will not be required to present their ID card prior to commencing an exam unless instructed to. Alternate checks and measures will be in place to ensure academic integrity.
This depends on the timing requirements of the exam. Some exams will be timed and others will be untimed but need to be submitted within a specific time period. Your exam timetable will list any timing requirements for exams. Learn more about the different assessment types to expect.
All remote exams will be open-book. Your exam timetable will outline any reference material (e.g. textbooks) required for the exam.
If you need to step away during a timed exam you are able to do so. You must however return and complete the task within the set time requirements and will not be allocated any extra time.
If you need to leave during a timed remote exam due to illness; and are unable to complete it, you may be able to apply for academic consideration to undertake a deferred exam.
However, if you become ill during an exam but complete it, you are no longer eligible to apply for academic consideration. In this instance, you must contact your Subject Coordinator after the exam to discuss your options.
If you are unable to sit an exam due to illness or another extenuating circumstance, you must apply for academic consideration to request a deferred assessment.
If your academic consideration application is successful, you will be allocated a WD – Withheld Deferred grade for the subject, until you have successfully completed the deferred assessment.
4. After your exam
- Will academic misconduct rules still apply for remote exams?
- Where do I find more information about final grades?
Academic misconduct rules apply to all exams and assessment tasks, regardless of whether they are completed in-person or remotely.
All submitted work will continue to be assessed for academic integrity as per normal processes, and students found to be in breach of academic integrity may be subject to academic misconduct penalties.
For more information on the types of academic misconduct at UOW, and associated penalties, please visit the Governance website.
We are implementing changes to grades and new academic support measures that take into consideration the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the coronavirus. Please refer to our grade FAQs for more information.