Examinations and assessments

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


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 University of Wellington. 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.

Digital exams pilot

From Trimester One 2019, the University is trialling digital exams for some courses in the Faculty of Law and Victoria Business School.

What to do if you can’t sit an exam

Help is available if you are unable to sit your exam due to the following circumstances. For any other exam-related questions or problems, contact your faculty office.

Illness or exceptional circumstances

There is help available if you’re feeling unwell or are facing serious personal circumstances in the lead up to or during exams or final assessment due dates. Contact your faculty office to discuss your options or find out more about help available at final assessment or exam time.

Ongoing or long-term medical conditions

If you have an ongoing impairment or condition, contact Disability Services as early as possible during the trimester to discuss your situation.

Sitting exams at another time or place

You can apply for permission to sit an exam at a different time or place if your circumstances require this. Contact your faculty office for details.

Late to or miss an exam

If you are late to, or miss an exam, go to your faculty office immediately.

How to get your results

Exam results are added to Student Records as they become available. The speed with which the become available depends 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.


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 University of Wellington 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.