Examinations and assessments

Information about exams at Victoria, including exam rules, types of assessment and what to do if you have a problem or can’t sit an exam.

Assessments

An assessment is any assigning of marks or grades to pieces of work that you submit in a course. Assessment information is in your course outlines.

There are several types of assessment at Victoria. They are:

Examination: An item of assessment to be undertaken at a predetermined time and place by all the students enrolled for a course, during an official examination period following the end of the course. The scheduling, conduct and supervision of examinations are arranged by faculties in accordance with such detailed instructions as may be approved by the Academic Board.

In-term work: Items of assessment other than examinations as defined above, for example, tests, assignments, class presentations, practical work, etc.

Test: An item of assessment, like an examination but scheduled during the course. Tests are usually conducted by the school responsible for the course; a mid-course test for a two-trimester course may be scheduled during an official examination period if arranged by the faculty.

What to do if you can’t sit an exam

If you have an impairment, serious injury or illness that may impact your ability to sit exams and demonstrate your knowledge fully, there is help available.

If you have an ongoing impairment or condition, contact Disability Services as early as possible during the trimester to discuss your situation. If you are impaired at the time of the exam, contact Student Health or Student Counselling.

If you are late for, or miss an exam, go to your Faculty office immediately. There are special procedures in this case.

For any other examination questions or problems, contact your Faculty office.

How to get your results

Exam results are provided on myVictoria and are added as they become available. This is variable depending on the trimester and the individual. For example, if you have applied for an aegrotat, your grade will take a lot longer. Exam results are not posted out to you.

Aegrotats

An aegrotat is a pass that may be awarded when your preparation for, or performance in, an examination or other item of assessment due during the final three weeks of teaching was impaired, or you have been prevented from attending examinations (or completing an item of assessment) because of serious illness, injury, bereavement or a serious situation outside your control. Aegrotats are not available in Teacher Education programmes. Visit the Aegrotats page for more information.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is cheating. ‘Someone else’s work’ means anything that is not your own idea. Even if it is presented in your own style, you must still acknowledge your sources fully and appropriately. Plagiarism is easy to detect and the University has systems in place to identify it. If you are found to have plagiarised, you may be penalised under the Statute on Student Conduct, which means you could fail your course or even be suspended. Plagiarism is simply not worth the risk. Student Learning Support Service has resources and staff to help you paraphrase correctly.

The Academic Progress Statute

Victoria seeks to provide a learning environment designed to help students achieve their full academic potential, and to maximise the availability of places for students who actively engage with their studies. Where a student fails to make satisfactory academic progress, provisions are in place to provide appropriate advice and support, and to manage the student’s enrolment.

The Academic Progress Statute provides a framework for the University to identify students in need of support, and allows the University to restrict the number of courses in which the student may enrol and to require certain conditions to be met for continued enrolment.

Where a student completely fails to engage with their studies in a particular trimester, or where there is ongoing unsatisfactory academic performance over a period of time, this Statute provides a framework for suspension or exclusion from the University. For further information, download the Academic Progress Statute or talk to the Associate Dean (Students) in your faculty.