What rights do I have with respect to my exams?
There are certain things that the University must do when they’re setting exams for you. Keep reading to find out what your rights are with exams.
When do I need to be told about my exams?
You must be given access to the preliminary exam timetable for centrally organised exams at least four weeks prior to the exam period.
When can I have exams?
Exams should be held between 8:00am and 9:00pm on weekdays and 8:00am and 6:00pm on Saturdays. Examinations must not be held on Sundays or public holidays.
On any day:
- You should not be required to undertake more than two exams
- The total working time should not exceed six hours
- There should be a minimum break of one and a half hours between your exams.
You should not normally be required to undertake exams on more than three days in succession or more than four exams in three successive days.
Exams should normally be held on the campus where teaching in the unit concerned was normally conducted.
In the case where units are offered on an internal and external basis, the same paper is normally set and the exam will take place simultaneously.
Exams other than deferred or supplementary examinations must not be held during holidays or SWOTVAC.
When can I appeal my exam timetable?
You may be eligible to apply for an alternative exam timetable if your timetable requires you to take:
- Three exams within 24 hours. Examination sessions commence at 8:30am, 1:30pm and 5:30pm. This requirement is to ensure that a student doesn’t sit three examination sessions in a row.
Example: If you have an exam at 1:30pm and 5:30pm and then another exam at 8:30am the next day you would be eligible for an alternative sitting. However, if you had an exam at 1:30pm and 5:30pm and then another exam at 1:30pm the next day you would not be eligible for an alternative sitting. or
- Exams on more than three days in succession; or
- More than four exams in three successive days.
If you do not fit within the above requirements, see below.
What do I do if my rights are being breached?
Contact the Student Centre and detail to them the injustice that you think has occurred.
If you want your exam timetable altered and the Student Centre is unable to do so, you may apply for special consideration on the grounds that you were disadvantaged in your exam performance. The disadvantage is that you were not entitled to the same conditions that QUT stipulates each student should enjoy to ensure you can do your best.
If you need help with contacting the Student Centre, believe that you have been unfairly treated, or need help applying for special consideration, come and see the Guild’s Student Rights Hub and we can liaise with the University on your behalf to get the best outcome for you.
Can I access my marked exam papers?
As a student you have the right to access your marked exam papers.
You must wait until you have received your marks for the exam, and then you need to contact your Unit Coordinator requesting perusal of your paper. You must make this request within three months.
However, if you would like the Faculty to review your grade, there are shorter time limits. Make sure you read the Review of Grade article.
Your Unit Coordinator should allow you to view your paper in hard copy under supervision. Where possible, you should have the opportunity to get feedback on your performance.
You may have a photocopy of your exam (at a charge to you), unless the Faculty are planning on re-using the paper later.
I’m not being treated fairly.
If you’re having trouble getting your exam paper, contact the Guild’s Student Rights Hub and we can ensure that you receive what you’re entitled to.