Supplementary exams and assessment

Grading and results update

To support you in achieving the best possible academic outcome during the disruption caused by COVID-19, we’ve made some changes to grading and results.

For specific teaching periods in 2020, supplementary assessments:

  • will be offered for a mark between 40 and 49
  • with no limit on the number of units that you can take supplementary assessments for.

For all options available to you and the eligible teaching periods, see the grading and results update.

For units in teaching periods not covered above

You can be granted a supplementary assessment for no more than two failed units in one course. The chief examiner for the unit will determine whether this is in the form of an additional exam or assessment task.

Your faculty may grant you a supplementary assessment if you meet all the following criteria:

  • your final result is no more than five per cent below the required pass rate (i.e. you get a mark of 45–49)
  • you have also passed all other units during the same teaching period
  • a pass grade would complete all academic requirements for your degree or failing the unit would significantly impact your enrolment for the following semester.

How supplementary assessments are offered

You don't apply for a supplementary exam or assessment task. If applicable, your faculty will offer it to you. If offered a supplementary exam or assessment, your unit grade will display NS (supplementary assessment granted) in the Web Enrolment System (WES).

To find out the date, time and location of your exam, check your exam timetable in WES. See exam dates for when your timetable is made available. Unless you want to sit your exam overseas, there is no fee or paperwork involved.

If the assessment is in some other format, your faculty can advise what this will be.

Faculty rules

The faculties listed below have additional guidelines for granting supplementary assessment:

How this affects your results

Until you complete your deferred exam or supplementary exam/assessment, you'll have an incomplete result. An incomplete result does not satisfy unit prerequisites. This could prevent you from enrolling in some units. Please check your enrolment carefully and consult your faculty.

Once you complete a supplementary exam or assessment, the maximum result you can receive is 50% P (pass grade).

Overseas exams

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

Unable to sit a supplementary exam

If you're unable to sit your supplementary exam (due to exceptional circumstances beyond your control), you may be eligible for special consideration.

To apply:

  1. complete the end-of-semester assessment form (pdf, 0.06 mb)
  2. email the form and supporting documents to

Submit your application no later than two days after the assessment deadline.

You'll need to provide documents to support your application. For details on what is acceptable, see supporting documents.

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