How do I handle examinations?

Once you receive your study materials, you will be able to determine from your Unit Guide what your exams will assess. You will also be advised by the university when your exam will be - they will occur somewhere after Week 13, generally.


It can be challenging to keep your eye on the end-of-semester exams as you work through the semester. It is important, though, to be proactive with your preparation for examinations. This means that you will avoid a great deal of stress if you prepare for your exams from Week One. Refer to making the most out of your study guide to help you plan for exams using your study guide. Ensure you take a qualitative approach to your study- it's not how much you do but what it's worth - and improve your approach to task management.


Be strategic with your preparation: what proportion of your overall marks does the exam represent? Do you have to pass the exam to pass the unit overall? For example, in Sociology, the exam may be worth 40% of your total result. So, if you have done well in your two assignments during the semester, you can determine how much effort to put into your exam, depending on the final grade.

An example

Imagine you have completed your two assignments and you want to work out how much preparation you will need to do to pass the subject overall.

Assessment components Grade received Approximate marks
(i.e. 65% X 25)
Assignment 1 worth 25% Credit (say, 65%) 15
Assignment 2 worth 35% HD (say, 80%) 28
Total marks so far 43
Exam worth 40% Need at least 7 marks

So, you would need at least 7 more marks to pass the subject (that is, get a score of 50 out of 100) overall.

Be aware, though, that this will not always be the case. For example, you may have to pass all three items of assessment to pass overall. In that case, getting 7 more marks will not be sufficient; instead, you'd need to aim for at least another 20 marks (that is, 20 out of 40 to pass the exam) to pass the subject overall. In the IT faculty, for instance, the emphasis is on maintaining the same level of performance in assessment overall. So, your overall mark will be standardised to the lower of your assessment results, whether that is the exam result or the in-semester assignments.