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 exams are exams that are postponed to a later date. They are held during the official deferred exam period unless your faculty emails your Monash account with an alternative time, giving at least five University working days’ notice.

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 exam or supplementary exam/assessment, you’ll have an incomplete result. An incomplete result 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 your faculty.

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

Overseas exams

You may be able to sit your deferred exam at an overseas venue. For details, see sitting your deferred exam overseas.

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 an ongoing disability that you have registered with Monash Disability Support Services
  • the circumstances for which you were granted a deferred exam or assessment are unresolved
  • the dean has given approval due to exceptional circumstances

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 email an application for special consideration to within two working days of your deferred exam or final assessment task. Your application should include evidence of your circumstances and supporting documents.

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.

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