Assessment at Monash

Assessment is an integral part of your studies. It’s much more than a critical step in passing your units. Completing assessments and receiving feedback allows you to track the progress of your academic performance, and find ways of improving it.

It’s likely that you’ll complete a variety of different assessments that will give you lots of opportunities to develop your skills and demonstrate your progression.

Types of assessment

Each assessment you do will either be for your learning or of your learning:

  • Assessments for learning are designed to help you build and consolidate your knowledge, understanding and skills, and provide you with feedback on your progress. They’re usually set during the teaching period, and sometimes contribute to your overall unit results (but not always).
  • Assessments of learning provide a measure of your achievement in relation to the learning outcomes of the unit. These assessments are designed to test how much you’ve learnt (i.e. your knowledge, understanding and skills), and they’re usually set at the end of the teaching period.

Your assessments may involve some or all of the following:

  • essays and reports
  • case studies
  • problem-based learning scenarios
  • group projects
  • laboratory work
  • oral assessments and presentations
  • peer-to-peer assessments
  • performance and studio assessments
  • posters and presentations
  • self-assessment
  • online quizzes (Moodle)
  • take-home assessments
  • electronic exams (eExams).

The types of assessments you’ll need to complete will depend on the unit and course you’re enrolled in – your unit information will outline how and when your learning will be assessed.

Assessment details

When you start a unit, you’ll be able to access your assessment information in Moodle, including:

  • the types of assessments you’ll complete
  • when they’re due
  • when you’ll receive feedback
  • how you can apply for an extension
  • the marking penalties applied for late submissions.

Assessment deadlines

Some of your assessments will have deadlines (which you can find in Moodle), but most will be scheduled – you’ll find a timetable of your scheduled assessments in Allocate+. For more information, see dates and timetables.

Late submissions

You’ll receive a 10% penalty on the available marks if you submit your assessment after the due date (unless you have an extension or you’ve been granted special consideration). For each additional date the assessment is overdue, a further 10% penalty will be applied. You can find the marking penalty information for your unit (including any exceptions) in Moodle.

If you submit an assessment task more than seven days after the due date, you’ll receive a mark of zero and you won’t get any feedback.


You can request a short extension of up to five calendar days in exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, carer responsibilities) – this applies to most assessments except quizzes, tests and final assessments. To apply, you’ll need to contact your Chief Examiner (check the unit entry in the Handbook for details).

You might be eligible for special consideration if you can’t complete an assessment due to exceptional circumstances beyond your control. If your application is approved, you may be given an extension, another assessment, or a deferred assessment.

Marking criteria

The marking criteria for an assessment helps you understand what’s expected of you, and how your performance can be improved. The format of the marking criteria will vary on your unit and the type of assessment you’re doing.

Before you start an assessment task, you should check the marking criteria and use it as a guide in developing your response to the task.

Blind marking policy

We use blind marking for final assessments. Blind marking is anonymous, and ensures consistency. For example, when your chief examiner is reviewing an eExam, they won’t see your name (just your student ID number and your responses).

Grading and results

Most assessment tasks you complete will contribute to your overall result for the unit. For more information, see:

Academic integrity

When you submit work for assessment, you must adhere to the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. To ensure that you complete your assessments with integrity, see academic integrity, plagiarism and collusion.

Relevant procedures

For related policy and procedures, see assessment policy and processes.

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