Important Online Exam Information

Your responsibilities at exam time

At exam time you must ensure you:

  1. Know what type of exam you will be sitting ie vUWS only, Review+ or Live+
  2. Have registered and created a profile with Proctor U,if you are sitting a Review+ or Live+ proctored exam. You can register via the Western Sydney University Proctor U Portal (opens in a new window).  More information on how to do this can be found on the Online Exam Proctoring-Student FAQ page.
  3. If you have a Live+ exam you must book your session by the 29th May, 2020.  To ensure you can select your preferred time from the exam window, please register as soon as possible.
  4. Have tested your equipment (opens in a new window)
  5. Have downloaded the Chrome extension if sitting a Live+ exam.
  6. Have made sure your room requirements have been met e.g. sufficient lighting.
  7. Are on time for your exam.  It is very important that you are not late for your exam or you may lose your timeslot.
  8. Present a valid ID.  This can be a Western Sydney University Student ID card (preferred), a current driver's license or passport.
  9. Check your student email account and personal exam timetable (opens in a new window) regularly in the lead up to and during the exams.
  10. Contact the Examinations Team at if you believe you have exams and have not received advice of this.

Exam timetable changes

While your exam timetable will generally remain the same, sometimes there are events that mean exam times or the delivery type of your exam has changed.

Make sure that you are checking your current exam timetable regularly in the lead up to the day of the exams as the times may change.  You can access your personal exam timetable at

Don't save or cache a screenshot of your exam timetable as you may not have the most up to date version.

You should also check your email account to receive information about possible disruptions to exams in the lead up to, and during, the exam period.

What time do exams start and what is an exam window?

Most non proctored exams will start at 9:30am or 2:00pm.

For proctored exams, there will be a window of time that you can use to schedule your exam start on Proctor U.  This gives you the flexibility to start your exam any time during the exam window.  The earlier you schedule the exam the more options will be available to choose from.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are present for exams on time.  You may not be able to start your exam if you are late.  The University will not provide special consideration in cases where the student has misread or misunderstood the examination timetable.

*Students with Academic Integration Plans and Practicum exams may  have other starting times.

Where can I find my exam timetable?

You can view your personal exam timetable at

Exam timetables are generally released in the weeks leading up to exams.  We will send you an email when the exam timetable is released but you can check for upcoming exam dates on the student dates page (opens in a new window).

We do not give verbal advice of your exam timetable by phone or at Student Central.

Make sure that you are checking your exam timetable regularly in the lead up to and the day of the exams as times and locations may change.

Don't save or cache a screenshot of your exam timetable as you may not have the most up to date version.

We do not give special consideration where you have misread or misunderstood the exam timetable and you may not be able to sit your exam at another time.

Online and External exams

This information is for students who are enrolled as on campus students and who shifted to online learning due to COVID-19.  If you are enrolled as an online student through WSU Online please proceed to the Western Sydney Online (opens in a new window) website.

If you are enrolled in Western Sydney University units externally that have a final exam, you should review your personal exam timetable.  If you are off campus you should also check your student exam account for important exam information.

If you are currently located overseas and will be sitting your online exams in a different country, please inform the Examinations Team as soon as possible.

It is important that you keep your address details up to date in MySR.  If you are sitting your exam externally you must advise any changes to your address that occur after the HECS census date directly to the Examinations Team.

What can I have on my desk during my online exam?

You can have the following items on your desk:

  • Your own equipment and writing instruments such as pens, pencils, rulers and erasers.
  • Other materials as specified on your exam paper.  You can contact your Unit Coordinator for details of what materials will be specified on vUWS.  Please remember that if you have anything that is not listed on the exam paper, it will be noted by the proctor and an incident will be recorded.
  • Mobile phones and similar communication devices.  Mobiles and communication devices must be placed away from your desk and all alarms and message alerts switched off.
  • Water in a clear container.  You may not have food unless it is specified in your Academic Integration Plan.

If you have any special requirements you think may breach these exam rules, you must contact the Examinations Team prior to the exam period for written permission.

Dress Code

Please remember that you are being supervised by a real person, so you should dress appropriately.  You can certainly wear your pjs or other comfortable clothing if you would like.

As in a paper-based exam, you are not permitted to wear hats, beanies or sunglasses during your online exam.

If you have darker prescription glasses, these may be mistaken for sunglasses.  Please contact the Examinations Team prior to your exam so that we can make arrangements for you.

Starting my exam

You should make sure you have set up your room and computer and re-tested your equipment 15 minutes prior to the start of your exam.  If you are not set up to begin your exam 5 minutes from the timetabled start time you may not be able to sit your online exam.

You must comply with the directions given by the exam proctor.

When can I finish my exam?

If you complete your online exam early you can finish early.  If you are being live proctored, please notify your proctor and ensure you have saved and submitted your exam paper.

Should misconduct or irregular practices be suspected by the exam proctor an incident will be recorded.  The incident may be dealt with under the provisions of the Student Misconduct Rule (opens in a new window).

What do I do if I cannot attend my exam?

If you are unable to attend a final exam due to serious illness, misadventure or other exceptional circumstances beyond your control you can apply for a deferred exam (opens in a new window).

Access to a deferred exam is a privilege and not an automatic right.

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