The University of Newcastle, Australia

Semester 1 2020 exams

Exam Dates

The exam period for undergraduate and postgraduate students has moved to 6-17 July, 2020 to allow extra time for students to work through their course material and prepare for the exam.

There is no formal examination period for Enabling Pathways students (Open Foundation, Newstep and Yapug). All final assessments will be completed by 1st July.

Changes to Exam Formats

The physical distancing measures required mean that on-campus, face-to-face exams are unable to take place this Semester. If there is any change to your type of final assessment, you will be informed by your Course Coordinator. Some courses may have a School-based assessment prior to the formal exam period. Check your Blackboard site for each course.

If your exam remains scheduled in the formal exam period, it will take place in one of the following formats:

  • Online Timed Exam (Fixed Start) - The exam will be available in the Assessment or Assignment tab in Blackboard at the scheduled date and time on the exam timetable. You will be required to complete the exam within an allocated period of time advised in Blackboard. All students complete the exam at the same time regardless of time zone.
  • Online Timed Exam (Flexible Start) - The exam will be available in the Assessment or Assignment tab in Blackboard at the scheduled date and time on the exam timetable. Students must complete the exam within an allocated time but may commence within a 9-hour period.

After your exam, you may be required to take part in a Viva (or oral exam) for quality assurance purposes.  A Viva will consist of an interview with one or perhaps two staff conducted via Zoom, and will last approximately 10 minutes.

During this time, you will be asked questions about the answers you have provided in the examination. For instance, you may be asked about the workings of a calculation or the rationale behind the way you structured an essay. This will help us verify your knowledge of a topic, demonstrate its your own work and also provide important feedback to staff to help them make enhancements to future examination papers.

NOTE: As there will be no on-campus, face-to-face exams, we will not be holding a formal rescheduled examination period. If a rescheduled examination is required, contact your Course Coordinator for details.

Stay up to date with your assessments in Blackboard

Information about your assessments can be found in the Assessments tab in Blackboard, so we recommend that you continue to check here for updates.

Exam Timetable

The Semester 1 Exam Timetable is now available and can be accessed here:

https://myexams.newcastle.edu.au/timetable/personal.php

Good luck with your exams.