Now that most of you have your exam timetable, what does it all mean?
In my opinion, Uni exam are so different to high school exams! Comparing my VCE exam conditions to uni, uni is very…slack? Anyways, this is not the point of this post! I will put this topic on my ‘to-blog’ list.
Here are things you need to know about exams:
Getting to the CORRECT venue
BIGGEST rookie mistake number 1: showing up to the WRONG venue for your exam
I’ve had friends who SPRINTED from uni to REB because they mixed up their exam location.
The 2 main exam locations are: Wilson Hall (at uni), and REB (Royal Exhibition Building) off campus.
Wilson Hall is nice and small. Where REB is ginormous! And of course, some exams are held in other venues
Getting to REB: easiest way is to get off at Parliament Station and walk/tram. I will go through specific details as we get closer to the day.
Start time of exam
Rookie mistake number 2: not showing up to reading time
So your timetable say your exam starts at 9.30. BUT, reading time is NOT considered here!
For example…Here is my timetable! (note that there’s one subject missing? Will tell you more in my next post)
So for my first exam, ZOOL20005. It starts at 9.30, but there’s 15 minutes reading time allocated to it. So what that means is that, your exam really starts at 9.15am, not 9.30am. (I hope that makes sense?)
Sneaky MU, very sneaky.
Trust me, a lot of people still forget about reading time.
For more info: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/5716
What does Royal exhibition east and west mean?
They’re just different sides of the room.
People may refer to them as REBW (Royal Exhibition West) and REBW (Royal Exhibition East).
Don’t worry, there will be plenty of signage on the day.
What do I need to bring
1. Student Card
DO NOT forget your student card! If you happen to have misplaced it, bring some form of photo ID with a copy of your enrolment record.
Why? Because this is how some people cheat. Your ID is a way for examiners to know that YOU are the one sitting your exam, not some other stranger.
2. Warm clothes
My psychology tutor in first was not kidding when she said you will freeze in the exam room at REB.
YOU WILL FREEZE
It is ridiculously cold there. I wore my big winter coat, boots, gloves, scarf and lots of layers – and yet I still froze! Definitely bring winter clothes!
But semester 2 exams are a different thing! It can get pretty warm in there! Just keep an eye on the weather.
What can I bring into the exam room
– Student Card
– Stationary (no pencil cases, must be clear)
– Water in a clear bottle
– Small sized valuables (wallet, phones etc.)
But definitely read this FAQ for more info: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/5620
*Although it says that food is not permitted unless you have a medical condition…BRING FOOD! You will need it. I’ve never had a problem with the examiners with bringing food in. As long as it’s small package, not noisy food (chips), you should be fine.
3 hour exams are LONG. You need some sustenance to keep you going.
What happens if I have an exam clash?
If you do have an exam clash, you need to complete an exam clash advice form
For more info: http://ask.unimelb.edu.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/974
A heads up
1. Exam seat number
Your exam seat number will pop up on your exam timetable as we get closer to the day. I’m not sure when, but I’ll find out for you! Don’t be scared if your exam seat number exceed the 1,000 mark.
My last year’s seat numbers from memory were in the 1,000-2,000 range.
2. Exam timetables may change
Exam timetables are subject to change. “It is the responsibility of students to check this site for any amendments to the exam timetable. The relevant teaching department will however try their best to contact and inform every student who is affected by an amendment”
Keep an eye on this JUST IN CASE to unforeseen happens: https://sis.unimelb.edu.au/functions/exams/info/amend.html
3. Don’t bring a bag to the exam!
I mean, you can bring it if you want. But it really is not secure. It’s LITERALLY a shipping container outside the venue and you dump it there. And there’s no one supervising your belongings.
And of course you can bring your phone and wallet into the exam for safe keeping, but no bags.
Pockets are your best friend.