Before the exam

What to bring

  • Your student ID card.
  • Authorised items.
  • Personal items in a closed bag that can be placed under your desk.

Check with your lecturer if the exam is open book or closed, and which items you are permitted to bring into the exam.

Closed bookOpen book Authorised items
You cannot have in your possession or use:
  • books
  • notes
  • paper
  • electronic devices
  • calculators
  • pencil cases
  • mobile phones
  • other material/items
You can bring and use any material except:
  • a calculator
  • a computer
  • an electronic device
  • an electronic dictionary
You may be authorised to bring specific items during your exam.

Find out from your lecturer which items are permitted.

Dos and dont's for exam success


Only some types of calculators may be permitted. You are responsible for checking for any restrictions with your faculty. The following faculties may restrict the type of calculators authorised for use:

  • Business and Economics
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Science.

Refer to your unit outline to check:

  • if any calculator restrictions apply
  • where and when to get a security sticker to identify an authorised calculator.

Exam clashes

You will usually:

  • sit both exams on the same day
  • have to stay in the venue under supervision over the lunch-time break
  • be allowed to study during the break between exams (excludes use of electronic devices)
  • not be allowed to use a mobile phone.

At the exam venue

Authorised materials and mobile phones

Supervisors will regard any material or item on your desk, chair or person to be in your possession. Possession of unauthorised materials including mobile phones in an exam is a discipline offence.

Food and drink

We prefer that you don't bring food or drink into the exam as it could disrupt others. However, if necessary, you can bring a snack and a drink, at the discretion of the invigilators. Do not bring food that has a strong smell or is noisy to consume. Everything must be put on your desk to be inspected. Water is provided at all exam venues.

Entry to the exam

Supervisors will let you into the exam room a few minutes before the exam starting time. Go directly to your pre-allocated seat (see venues and allocated seating) and put your student ID card on your desk. 

If you arrive more than one hour late, we may not permit you to enter except under exceptional circumstances.

Exam reading time

Once all students are seated, you will be given your exam paper. Some venues may have your exam paper on your table. Make sure you get the correct exam paper.

Follow all instructions given by the supervisor in charge of the venue. All Monash University exams have a standard, either:

  • a 10-minute reading/settling period,
  • a 30-minute reading and noting time.

During the exam

Do not communicate in any way with other students. Do not to draw attention to yourself by looking at other students or around the room. The supervisors will not allow you to leave:

  • until one hour after the exam has started
  • during the last 10 minutes.

If you enter an exam on the wrong day or at the wrong time, you need to remain there for one hour after the exam starts. You are not given extra time if you turn up for an exam at the wrong time or place.

If you need to go to the rest room, raise your hand in the air. Stay in your seat until you get permission from a supervisor.

Your handwriting must be legible. Number all answers and complete cover pages during the time allowed for writing.

At the end of the exam

The supervisors will give a warning ten minutes before the end of the exam. After this time, they will give an instruction to stop writing. You must stay in your seat until all papers are collected then the supervisor will give you permission to leave.

You must not remove any exam paper or script book from the exam venue.