Learn about eExams
eExams take place on the eAssessment platform. If you haven’t sat an eExam before, don’t worry – students have told us that the system is easy to use.
Your exam timetable
- on 12 October 2020, when we initially publish it at midday
- during Swot Vac, to ensure nothing has changed.
Accessing your eExam
To access your end-of-semester eExam, click the eAssessment platform link, then navigate to your unit’s eExam. You’ll need to copy the eExam link and paste it into an Incognito Window in Chrome. You may not be able to see your eExam in the platform until two business days before your scheduled exam.
Types of eExams
Your eExams may be with or without supervision. If you have an eExam with supervision, it will use Monash eVigilation – Monash’s very own eAssessment platform with integrated online exam supervision.
eExams with online supervision
A trained Monash staff member will check your identification documents, step you through the process of photographing your room, and supervise you through camera and audio channels for the duration of your exam. Once you start your exam, you won’t be aware of your supervisor or other students, but you can talk to your supervisor at any time through web chat or by speaking directly into your camera/microphone. Only your supervisor will be able to see your screen and webcam during the exam. Your entire exam session will be recorded, including video of you taking your exam, screen capture, and any audio/chat interactions you have with your supervisor. At the end of your exam, your supervisor will check in with you again.
Data and privacy
Your information will be collected and used in accordance with the following:
- the University’s Data Protection and Privacy Procedure (pdf, 0.13 mb), and
- the Student Data Protection and Privacy Collection Statement (pdf, 0.16 mb).
This includes information collected about you through the eVigilation platform. To find out more, see Monash online supervision: privacy and security.
How it all works
To see how it all works, check out our guided video tour.
You can also:
- try out our general knowledge practice exam. Have as many attempts as you like. And don’t worry, it won’t be marked
- if your in-semester test is a Moodle Quiz, take a look at our Moodle quizzes page to find out how they work.
Sitting an eExam: step by step
Before your in-semester test or end-of-semester eExam, take a look at our steps for sitting an eExam. The process varies depending on whether or not your exam is supervised.
eExams requiring handwritten answers
In case you’re required to answer some of your questions on paper, you’ll need:
- a blue or black pen or HB or 2B pencil
- blank A4 paper
- a smartphone to take photos of your answers and upload them.
You can try out a question requiring a handwritten answer in our general knowledge practice exam.
eExams requiring you to download and upload files
If you have an eExam question that requires you to download and upload a file:
- read the question and download the file provided
- modify the file according to the question
- save the file, then drag it into the upload area below the text of the question. Don’t wait until the end of the exam to do this. Make sure the file you upload is less than 5MB (for final assessments) or 100MB (for in-semester tests)
- once your file appears in the upload area, you can move on to the next question.
Comparing eExams with and without supervision
The table below compares supervised eExams (both in-venue, e.g. at Caulfield Racecourse, and those taken at home online) with eExams without supervision. The characteristics of in-venue eExams and those with Monash online supervision are very similar. Both types are designed to achieve the appropriate levels of academic integrity – only the approach to technology differs. Whatever your exam type, the objective is to assess the learning outcomes determined by your teaching staff.
eExams have a number of helpful features, including:
- a timer, to let you know how much time you have left
- a progress bar
- a way to easily identify and access unanswered questions
- an autosave every 30 seconds, to reduce the risk of any lost responses
- a split screen view to help with long-answer questions
- a notes section for each question so you can structure your responses – your notes aren't assessed as part of your exam.
Flagging potential errors
If you think there’s a potential issue with a question (for example, you suspect there’s an error), you can use the flag feature to let us know. And if you click it by mistake, don’t worry, you can always unflag it.
You can’t write what you think the error is – flagging it just alerts us. We’ll then check with your lecturer (where relevant) and if they agree clarification is required, we'll respond through an on-screen notification (but not every flag will result in a notification as it depends on the circumstances). Everyone sitting the exam will see the notification.
eExams question types
eExams currently use the following question types:
- multiple choice
- fill in the blank
- short answer
- long answer
- image labelling
- handwritten answer (e.g. equations, diagrams), to be answered on blank A4 paper that you supply. These are uploaded using your smartphone
- file download/upload, where you download a file within the question, modify it, save it and then upload your response for marking.
Getting your results
You’ll receive your results in the usual way.
Got a question? Monash Connect can help
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If you’ve sent an enquiry, please wait for a reply before contacting us again. Most answers can be found on our website, in FAQs or Chat 365.