An overview of what to expect and where to get help

Depending on your course, you might need to take an exam.

During your studies, you’ll show your understanding of topics by completing assessments. Sometimes, these assessments might include an exam.

Teaching staff can set exams for mid-term or at the end of term. Exams might be online or on-campus. Because exams can vary so much, you should check your university portal or learning management system (LMS). You can also check with teaching staff for more information.

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Maybe. It depends on your subject’s assessments. We’ve noticed a decline in the number of subjects with exams, but exams are still currently part of the academic study experience.

To find out if a subject includes an exam, check the Assessments section of the subject’s page on our website. After you’ve enrolled, you can find out about your exams in your LMS.

Your university organises your exams for you. They’ll let you know your exam period dates, when timetables are published, and more. Check your LMS for exam details.

Most exams are online.

Like traditional exams, online exams can be in different formats, including multiple-choice, short answers, and essay questions.

Also like traditional exams, online exams can be “invigilated”, meaning they have some sort of supervision. You might have to create an account with an online exam service, then login at a specific time and complete the exam with your webcam on.

So keep in mind, your exams might be online, online and supervised, or on-campus. Check your LMS for exam formats, locations, and other information.

When you’re looking up exam details in your LMS, important information includes:

  • Dates
    Make a note of exam periods, when timetables are published, and actual exam dates and times.
  • Locations
    Work out if your exam is online or on campus. Then, find out your online access details, or the on campus location and your seat number.
  • Exam rules and conditions
    There might be rules about using your phone. And look for conditions about open book exams and COVIDSafe requirements.

If you have a disability or medical condition, you can apply for reasonable adjustments.

Examples include:

  • Extra time to complete your exam.
  • Rest or movement breaks.
  • Software or equipment, like an ergonomic keyboard.

Contact the Equity Officer at your uni to request adjustments and make alternative exam arrangements.

University disability contacts

Previously, Open Universities Australia organised exams, including exam venues and timetables. But now, universities make those arrangements.

Your uni will send you messages about your exams, including dates and times. Make sure you check your uni email and LMS inboxes for important updates.

Exam support

We understand that exams can be stressful. Reach out for help and get ready for the big day.


At no extra cost to you, we connect you with professional tutors to help you prepare for your exams.

Current students can schedule tutoring sessions via the Student Hub.

Students with disabilities

If you’re a student with a disability, contact your university's Equity Officer to discuss your needs and find out how to access support for your exam.

Visit our Disability support page to find out more about support services.