Everything you need to know about sitting exams at CDU.
What’s happening with my exams this year?
Due to COVID-19 please be advised that Semester 1 and Semester 2 2020 final examinations will be held online or in an alternative format. More information will be forthcoming in future updates to this page.
Most units require you to sit a final exam at the end of each semester. For 2020 these exams will be held online or as an alternative assessment.
Exams are held during a 14 day period that commences one week after teaching ends.
An exam timetable is published two weeks prior to the exam period.
You will be emailed a personalised exam timetable to your CDU email account when the timetable is published and this will be set according to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST gmt+9.5).
The Semester 1 exam period will be held between 8-19 June 2020.
Personal timetable emails were sent to CDU student email accounts on 12 May.
All timetables will be set according to Australian Central Standard Time (ACST gmt+9.5).
You will need reliable access to Learnline for the duration of the exam. Make sure you have a stable internet connection and that your computer or laptop is running well.
We assume that most of you will take your exam at home, but, subject to the social distancing requirements in your state or territory, you could also arrange to sit your exam:
at your workplace
at a friend or family member’s house
at a university campus library near you (check availability in advance)
at one of CDU’s campus computer pools (limited availability)
If you need to use one of CDU’s computer pools, look out for information nearer the time about how to book in. Using a CDU computer should only be considered if you have exhausted all other options. Computers will be limited and we don’t want more people turning up than we can accommodate, leaving you with nowhere to sit.
You will be able to access your exam questions at the advertised start time. Be ready to focus from the beginning. Try and minimise any unnecessary breaks. Just like other exams, you must have finished and uploaded your questions by the end time, or your answers won’t count.
Take some time before the exam begins to collect your thoughts. Think about how to organise the time period. Spend some time making sure you understand the questions. Allow some time to attempt all sections or questions.
Try and create an environment as close to exam-like conditions as you can. Make a clutter and distraction-free space. Make sure you have everything you need to hand. Sharpen those pencils and charge those devices – plug your laptop in so it doesn’t power down mid-exam!
If you need specific equipment or resources, your unit coordinator will let you know in advance.
Check with your unit coordinator to see if there is an opportunity to sit a practice exam online. Even if there’s not, run through your set and preparations before the actual day of the exam to make sure you are as well prepared as possible.
Lastly, don’t panic!
Your unit coordinator will be on hand throughout the exam in case anything goes wrong, and our tech team will be on standby to make sure there are no issues with Learnline.
We know that despite excellent preparation, lots can happen to impact your ability to take the exam. If you are feeling unwell on the day, please think twice about coming onto campus to complete your exam. Just like other exams, we will still use the existing processes to: