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Examinations and Progression Management

Examination Basics

Examination Period

An Examination means a formal, supervised assessment activity used to assess student learning outcomes which comprises at least 30% of the overall mark and which normally takes place at the end of a study period.

The Centrally Scheduled Examination Periods are as follows:

  • Trimester 1B
  • End of Semester 1 (Semester 1 & Trimester 1A)
  • Trimester 2B
  • End of Semester 2 (Semester 2 & Trimester 3B)

Refer to Examination Key Dates.


Students must make themselves available for scheduled examinations. Examinations may be scheduled on any day or evening during the examination period, with the exception of Sundays.

A draft examination timetable for all Centrally Scheduled Examinations will be published six weeks prior to the examination period and is subject to changes. Students have one week to provide feedback to their Schools/Faculties, if necessary.

A final timetable is published four weeks prior to the examination period.

Unless extenuating circumstances apply in accordance with an Assessment Extension application, students are not entitled to sit the examination at another time, and are not entitled to any other concession.

Provisions for Students Requiring Alternative Examination Arrangements

Curtin University recognises that some students require alternative arrangements for their examinations. Alternative Examination Arrangements must be requested for 3 weeks prior to the commencement of the examination period.

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Duration of Examinations

The majority of examinations have a duration of two hours. However, examinations may also be set for 1.0, 1.5, 2.5 or 3.0 hour durations.

Reading Time

There is a mandatory ten-minute reading time for each examination in addition to the duration of the examination. During reading time students may;

  • Use this time is to think, plan and organise their response to the examination paper
  • Make notes or highlight text, as directed on the front cover of the examination paper.


Specific examination venue allocations will be made available on student’s final examinations timetable via OASIS.

How to Complete an Alternative Answer Sheet or Multiple Choice Answer Sheet

Students may be required to submit answers via an alternative answer sheet or multiple choice answer sheet.

For students who are sitting examinations that require the use of an alternative answer sheet or multiple choice answer sheet, an instructional document [.pdf] has been established to assist you. Instructions on how to complete will be provided at your examination.

Examination Materials

The use of any examination materials (eg calculators and/or notes) will be noted on the examination paper. Only authorised materials that are specified on the examination paper may be brought into the venue.

Refer to Examinations Regulations.

Examination Scripts (Answer Booklets)

During the retention period, student have right of access to their examination answer booklet(s) on formal request, in writing, to the Head of School. Refer to Section 21 Student Access to Examination Answer Booklets of the Assessment and Student Progression Manual [.pdf].

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