Deferred exams and final assessment

If your application for special consideration is successful, you may be granted a deferred exam or alternative assessment task.

Deferred assessments are final exams/assessments that are postponed to a later date. They're held during the official deferred exam period unless your faculty emails you with an alternative time. In this case, they'll give you at least five University working days’ notice of the alternative time.

If you’re granted a deferred exam, your unit grade will be DEF (deferred exam) in the Web Enrolment System (WES). It’s your responsibility to be available to sit a deferred exam at the scheduled time.

For details on eligibility and how to apply, see special consideration.

How this affects your results

Until you complete your deferred assessment, you’ll have an interim result (DEF). This means you haven’t satisfied the requirements of the unit and could be prevented from enrolling in some units. If you’re unable to enrol in a unit, contact Monash Connect.

Once you complete a deferred exam or final assessment, the result of that assessment will be final.

Rescheduling a deferred final exam or assessment

Once you’ve been granted a deferred exam or assessment, no further deferral is possible unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • you have registered an ongoing disability with Monash Disability Support Services, which prevented you from completing the deferred assessment
  • the circumstances for which you were granted a deferred exam or assessment are unresolved
  • it's been determined that exceptional circumstances exist.

The conditions for rescheduling are strict and aren’t guaranteed.

How to apply

If you believe one of the circumstances above applies to you, you’ll need to:

  1. Complete a Deferred final assessment application (pdf, 0.06 mb).
  2. Attach evidence of your circumstances and supporting documents.
  3. Email your application and documents to within two working days of your deferred exam or final assessment task.

Supporting documents

Find out what you need to provide in supporting documents.

Getting support

The faculty may arrange a meeting with you to consider your application. You can take a support person to the meeting. A rescheduled exam or assessment task must occur within 12 months of the end of the original exam period.

If you need support with this process, contact your disability support adviser or student rights advocate.

Accepting a rescheduled deferred final assessment

When accepting a rescheduled deferred assessment, conditions may be placed on your enrolment. This may include:

  • a limit to the credit points you can enrol in for a specific teaching period
  • mandatory enrolment in specific units
  • a requirement to successfully pass specific units or a number of credit points.

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