Information for exam day

This page sets down what you need to know and must do on the day of and during your examination. Please read this information carefully and refer to it before your examination.

Should you have any queries or concerns on the day of your exam, contact the Services Team, Academic Registry on 0508 650 200 or email

On the day of your exam, bring your admittance slip and one of the photo IDs listed below to enter the exam.

  • Driver licence.
  • Passport.
  • Credit card with your embedded photo.

If you can’t supply one of the approved forms of identity, you will be asked to complete an honesty declaration form and your signature will be compared with an authorised signature such as a bankcard.

  • Ensure that you have plenty of time to reach the examination venue. You will be permitted to enter the examination room 10 minutes before the examination is due to start.
  • Remove any headwear before entering the examination room. If for any reason your headwear cannot be removed, e. g. religious reasons, contact the Services Team, Academic Registry prior to the exam.
  • Switch off your cell phone and other electronic devices before entering the examination room. Leave these with your personal belongings or give them to the examination supervisor
  • All watches must be removed and placed with personal belongings. This is to eliminate the possible use of smart watches in examinations.

NOTE: If you breach this requirement during the examination, there may be consequences under the Open Polytechnic statute.

During the examination

When you enter the examination room you will need to show the examination supervisor your photographic proof of identity.

  • The examination supervisor will direct you to the desk allocated to you, and advise you where you can store your personal belongings.
  • Display your photo ID and admittance details on the desk so they are clearly visible to the examination supervisor.
  • Place all permitted reference materials on display on your desk. You will not be able to access them from elsewhere once the examination has started.
  • Check that the answer book on your desk has your name label on it, and that the examination question paper is the correct paper.
  • Complete all the information on the front cover of the answer book, including the honesty declaration section. 
  • During your 10 minutes reading time you may make written notes on the question paper but you cannot write in the answer book. 
  • Once the examination has started:
    • you must stay in the examination room for at least 45 minutes
    • you cannot leave the examination room in the last 15 minutes under any circumstance.
  • During the examination you must not:
    • look at or copy other candidates’ answers
    • communicate with any other candidate in the examination room
    • leave or return to the examination room, without the permission of the supervisor
    • cause any distraction or disturbance to other candidates in the examination room, including talking, eating, etc.

Note 1: Unreasonable conduct that distracts or impedes other students in the examination room is not allowed. If you leave the examination room without the permission of the examination supervisor, you will be deemed to have completed the examination and you cannot re-enter the room. If you breach any of these requirements the examination supervisor has the right to request that you leave the examination room, and your examination may be cancelled with possible further action under the Open Polytechnic statute.

Note 2: The exam is a closed session after 30 minutes. You cannot enter the examination room 30 minutes after the start of the examination.

Answering questions

  • Write your answers legibly, using a black/blue pen or ballpoint unless otherwise specified. Do not use red ink or pencil. Other colours may be used for illustrations. 
  • Write all answers in the answer book provided. Start each question, (but not parts of a question), on a new page. Your examination supervisor will have spare paper if you require it. 
  • Do rough working in the answer book and cross it out. 
  • Do not use correction products (e.g. Twink/tape) on your answer book.
  • If you answer more than the required number of questions cross out those you don’t want marked. 

At the end of the examination

  • The examination supervisor will make an announcement 15 minutes before the end of the examination period. You cannot leave the room for any reason during this time. 
  • When the examination supervisor announces the end of the examination period, stop writing immediately. 
  • Ensure that you have written the numbers of the questions you have answered on the front of the answer book.
  • Tie any extra writing paper to the answer book, ensuring any multi-choice question sheets have been detached and also tied to your answer book. 
  • Remain seated at your desk until the examination supervisor advises you may leave.
  • Do not take any paper from the examination room except your admittance details and the examination question paper (some exceptions may apply). 
  • Before you leave, check your papers carefully — if you take a multiple-choice answer sheet from the examination room, it cannot be accepted later if you try to hand it in. 

Aegrotat consideration

If you are unable to attend your examination, or you sat your examination and think that your performance was impaired due to injury, illness, trauma or an exceptional circumstance beyond your control, you may apply to be considered for an aegrotat pass by completing an application for aegrotat consideration.

The aegrotat consideration process is not available if you have previously failed that examination and are resitting the exam.

You must:

  • apply for aegrotat consideration within 10 working days of the date of the examination
  • provide a report from an appropriate registered health professional who has examined you within 24 hours of the examination date
  • print out a copy of the application form and post this, along with any original supporting documentation to the address details in the form.

In order to be granted an aegrotat pass, you must meet the criteria specified in the Open Polytechnic Academic Statute. Note: There is a limit on the number of aegrotat passes that can be awarded per qualification.


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Exam assistance
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What you need to know before your exam
Find out about admittance slips, what materials you may take into an exam and what to do if you have exam clashes.

What you need to know after you have sat an exam
For information about grading scales, resits, reconsiderations and return of marked exam scripts