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10 practical things about exams you may not know

Exams are here. Nobody panic!


We’ve got you covered. Level up your understanding of exams with this conveniently thorough list.

1. There’s a list of things you CAN bring into the exam…

Don’t forget to bring your student ID card to the exam – you’ll need to display it on your desk and make it available to exam supervisors on request. If you don’t have your student ID card, you can bring an Australian photo ID instead.

Depending on your exam, there’s a list of things you can bring along and instructions on each. Make sure you know what’s allowed and what’s not. Which brings us to the next point.

2. … And a list of things you CANNOT bring into the exam

Mobile phones and smartwatches can’t be used in exam venues under any circumstances and must be switched off.

Read the exam rules to find out what else to leave at home.

3. Double-check your exam timetable, because it can change

Whaaaaat?! We know, it’s not ideal, but sometimes circumstances arise that mean times/locations shift. Check-in on the exam locations and times for your campus to make sure no details have changed.

Sometimes an exam for a subject will be organised by your School. If your School is running the exam, it won’t appear on the central exam timetables published online. You’ll need to contact your subject coordinator for more information.

4. You can use past exam papers from your subject to prepare

Checking out past exam papers can be a good way to get an idea of what to expect in your exam. Find them on the Library website using this step-by-step guide.

Keep in mind, some departments or lecturers do not allow viewing of past exam papers. Check if past exam papers are available in your subject Learning Management System (LMS).

5. Check-in around 30 minutes before your exam start time

Reduce stress levels and get there early – you can check in approximately 30 minutes before the start of your exam.

When you arrive your seat number will be listed by student ID outside the exam venue. Find the subject code of your exam to locate your student ID and seat number.

Make sure you arrive on time. If you’re running late/miss the exam – you won’t be allowed to sit the exam if you are more than 30 minutes late from the start of writing time. Be aware that you will not get any extra time if you arrive late to the exam.

6. Plan out the route to your exam venue the day before

Plan your public transport journey or driving route and parking. Allow extra time for things to go wrong. Delayed trains and crazy traffic aren’t excuses for being late, and let’s be honest, they’re a real possibility. Use PTV’s Journey Planner to plan your trip and allow for last minute cancelled services, and turn the traffic function on using Google Maps. Check out your campus map on the MyLaTrobe App, or view it online to locate the building that’s hosting your exam.

7. What to do if you miss your exam

If you miss your exam entirely contact your subject/instance coordinator by email immediately. If you believe the reason you have missed your exam is grounds for special consideration, complete the online application form no more than three working days from the exam.

8. Free counselling is available to all La Trobe students

If your exams are causing you added stress and affecting your well-being, our counselling service is a free confidential service that is there to help you. We offer a range of services catering to different needs.

9. There’s academic support available

Every La Trobe campus has a Learning Hub, where high performing students called Peer Learning Advisers are available for a chat. They’re great at sharing tips for success and time management in the lead up to exams, plus they’re super friendly. The Learning Hub is also home to academic advisers and librarians who can help answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

10. When will results be released?

You can view your results, on Wednesday 4 March 2020. Pin them up on the fridge, send them to your mum, pretend they never existed – whatever takes your fancy.

Need more info?

Check out La Trobe’s exam FAQs for more details.

Good luck!

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