If you are unable to complete an assessment piece or exam due to exceptional circumstances, you may apply for another chance through special consideration.
Special consideration is not automatically guaranteed. When it is granted, you will not receive a mark adjustment.
If you have a disability or medical condition, you may be able to sit your exams under alternative conditions. See alternative assessment arrangements.
Extensions for assessments
Faculties may allow short extensions for assessments. Consider this option first by checking with your faculty. The faculties listed below have specific information about extensions.
If you complete the final exam or assessment task, you will not be eligible to apply for special consideration.
You may be eligible if you didn't complete your final exam or assessment due to exceptional circumstances beyond your control, the reasons may include:
You may also be eligible for special consideration if you can show your obligation to:
You need to apply no later than two University working days after the due date of the affected assessment or activity. Provide supporting documentation with the relevant form:
Use the in-semester assessment form, if you cannot attend a compulsory unit activity and you are:
Before the exam (early applications)
You may apply for early approval of a deferred exam up until five University working days before your exam. Submit supporting documentation with an end-of-semester deferred final assessment (pdf 84kb).
On the day of the exam
If you are prevented from attending the venue to complete your exam by exceptional circumstances, including acute illness, you should submit your application and documentation no later than two University working days after your last scheduled exam.
During the exam
If you are unable to finish your exam due to illness or other eligible cause and you want to apply for special consideration you need to:
Late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the faculty but will not, under any circumstances, be accepted after the results have been released.
You will need to provide one or more of the following documents to support your application for special consideration:
Medical/professional certificates must state you were unfit to sit your exam or complete work for assessment on or before the relevant date, and cannot be signed by a member of your family.
Submit your form to the faculty teaching the unit.
|Faculty teaching the unit||Where to submit your forms|
|Arts||Scan and upload your form to submit it online, or take it to your Faculty student service office|
|Education||Scan and upload your form to submit it online, or take it to your Faculty student service office|
|Art, Design and Architecture||Faculty student service office|
|Business and Economics|
|Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Engineering||Department or School teaching the unit|
|Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences|
|Information Technology||Lecturer teaching the unit|
Submit your form to the faculty managing your course.
If you are granted special consideration, this will result in one of the following outcomes, with the assessment result being final:
The faculty teaching the unit will email your student account to notify you of the outcome of your application.
If you applied for early approval of a deferred exam (submitted at least five University working days before the exam) you will receive notification by email at least 24 hours before the exam.
If you applied because you could not complete a final exam or assessment, you will be notified of the decision through the Web Enrolment System (WES).
If you receive a DEF or WH result, this could affect prerequisite requirements and your unit choice for next semester. See failed and invalid units.