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Alternate Exams

A student who misses a final exam, due to illness or misadventure, must submit a request for special consideration via myUNSW within three working days of the exam. Supporting documentation must be presented to the university, for verification. The outcome from lodging a special consideration request for a final examination is the granting, or not, of a supplementary exam.

The dates for supplementary exams are advertised before the exam period. Students who apply for special consideration must ensure they are available on the day of the alternate exam. Being away from Sydney, on holiday, or working will not be regarded as reasons to miss an alternate exam.

The School of Physics Final Exam policy is here.


First Year Physics Courses

  • In first year physics courses additional assessment is available for the Final Exam. Additional assessment will be of the same format as the Final Exam.
  • The supplementary exam will be offered to those who have submitted a valid request for special consideration. Students who fail the exam but are close to passing it and have done well in every other component of the course may also be offered the opportunity to sit the supplementary exam. This is by invitation only.
  • If you apply for special consideration for the final exam you will be notified of the outcome via email to your student email account.
  • The time and location of the supplementary examinations will be sent to your student email account.
  • You must ensure you will be available on that day, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • Being interstate or overseas, working, or on holiday will not be regarded as exceptional circumstances.


Semester 1 2017
The first year supplementary exam will be held in the morning on Wednesday 19 July 2017.

Semester 2 2017
The first year supplementary exam will be held in the morning on Friday 24th November 2017.

Summer Semester 2017
The first year supplementary exam will be held in the morning on date to be confirmed.

Upper Year Physics Courses

Upper year physics students who miss a mid-session test due to illness or misadventure and submit a valid request for special consideration will normally have the final exam scaled to cover the missed mid-session test.

Upper year physics students who miss a final exam due to illness or misadventure and submit a valid request for special consideration will be offered a supplementary exam. These students can receive a maximum mark of 100% for the supplementary exam. In Semester 1, 2017 the supplementary exam will be held on Wednesday and Thursday 19 & 20 July 2017. Students who apply for special consideration for a final physics exam must ensure they will be available in Sydney on that day. Being interstate or overseas, working, or on holiday will not be regarded as reasons for missing a supplementary exam.

Except in rare or exceptional circumstances, if a student is well enough to attend the original exam, they will not be granted a supplementary exam. If a student feels ill on the day of the exam they should not attend the exam, but see their doctor, and submit a special consideration request.

Students who obtain a final mark of between 45 - 49% in a course, and who have attempted every other component of assessment, will also be offered the opportunity to sit the supplementary final exam. The maximum mark these students can achieve for the subject will be 50%. In Semester 1, 2017 the supplementary exams will be held on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 July 2017 and students must ensure they are available to sit the supplementary exam on those days. If a student is granted a supplementary exam, details will be sent to their student email account at least five days before the supplementary exam. Students being interstate or overseas, working, or on holiday will not be regarded as reasons for missing a supplementary exam.

 

Further Information

Students in a first year course (PHYS1xxx) who have questions about alternate exams should contact the First Year Office. All other physics students should contact Sue Hagon, the Teaching Manager.