Current Students

Exam rules

As part of your preparation for your exams, it’s important to get to know the exam rules, what’s expected from you in an exam, the materials you’re allowed to have, and what you should not have in your possession.
The Exam Supervisor will remind you of these rules as part of the instructions at the start of each exam. If the instructions are unclear or you are unable to hear the instructions, raise your hand, wait for an Exam Supervisor, and ask  for clarification.
If you have any questions about this or have a particular concern, please contact the exams team via AskUWA.

Unauthorised materials

Unauthorised material cannot be in your pocket, on your person or on your desk in the examination. These materials include:

non-transparent pencil cases, calculator cases, caps, hats, wallets, electronic devices including MOBILE PHONES, SMART WATCHES, iPODs OR MP3/4 PLAYERS AND PRODUCTS WITH AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION/ STORAGE DEVICE OR DIGITAL FACILITY

Place these items in your bag or face up on the floor under your desk. If you’re unsure of an item, check with an Exam Supervisor.

Rules and disciplinary action

Disciplinary action will be taken against you by the University, in accordance with the Assessment Policy, in cases such as:

• students found to be communicating with each other during the exam;
• removing the question paper, answer booklet or any pages from these documents, from the exam room;
• Failure to declare unauthorised material, a mobile phone, smart watch, or any electronic devices found in your possession or on your desk during the exam;
• Using a calculator without an approved sticker.

This will apply regardless of whether the material has been used at the time it is found. If you are uncertain whether any material is authorised ask an Exam Supervisor for clarification.

Running late for an exam

Students will be let into an exam venue at any time during the first 30 minutes of the exam. Students who arrive late will have the remaining time to complete their exam, they will not receive additional time
Students will not be permitted into an exam venue after the first 30 minutes of the examination, and should come to Student Administration if they wish to speak with staff.

Student ID

You can’t sit your exam without your Campus Card.  You can get a new or replacement Campus Card from Student Central.
Place your student ID card on the right hand corner of your desk facing away from you.


In the event of an emergency, follow the instructions given to you by the Exam Supervisors who will direct you to the exit point, and the evacuation assembly point for the venue. During an evacuation you must not talk or communicate in any way to anyone except an Exam Supervisor.

Falling Ill

If you are feeling unwell during your exam, raise your hand. An Exam Supervisor will assist you and escort you to the campus medical centre if required.

Question about your exam paper

If you have a question about your exam paper, raise your hand and wait for an Exam Supervisor. The Exam Supervisor will contact your unit coordinator on your behalf if your question relates to the exam content.

If you have an analogue watch, remove it and placed on the desk in front of you. All other watches must be placed in your bag or under your desk.

Toilet breaks
You may not leave the exam venue during the first 30 minutes or the last 10 minutes of the exam, this includes going to the toilet. In a one hour examination, students are not permitted to leave the venue during the exam.

Food and water
Water in a transparent bottle and without a label is permitted in the exam venue. No food, including sweets, can be consumed in the exam venue.

Pens must be used unless completing multiple choice answer sheets or drawing diagrams.

Checking your exam paper
When instructed to do so by the Exam Supervisor, you must check the front of the exam paper. Make sure you have the correct paper and that the paper is complete. The number of pages is on the front page.

The clocks in the exam venue are only a guide. A timer is used to time the exam.
The Exam Supervisor will let you know when there are ten minutes of the exam left. Students are not permitted to stand up, or leave the venue, until all papers have been collected after the exam has finished. No extra time will be permitted to complete any information on exam booklets or multiple-choice sheets, at the end of the exam.

Special permission
Students who have been granted permission to sit their exam after the scheduled time of the exam must not have been in contact with anyone who has already sat the exam, or have sighted the exam paper.