Exams are held during the week immediately following each term at the Macquarie Business School (MGSM) Macquarie Park campus at North Ryde. Even if you attended classes at the CBD campus, your exam will be at Macquarie Park.

We try to minimise the instance of you having two exams on any one day. Detailed timetables for exams are available mid-week 3 each term. We also recommend you re-check one week prior to the examination for any variations.

Exam timetable

See the full Exams timetable for Sydney Term 2, 2019.

Exam dates

Terms Commences Concludes
Term 1: Monday, 18 March 2019 Saturday, 23 March 2019
Term 2: Monday, 10 June 2019 Saturday, 15 June 2019
Term 3: Monday, 2 September 2019 Saturday, 7 September 2019
Term 4: Monday, 25 November 2019 Saturday, 30 November 2019

* Every effort will be made to avoid exams being scheduled on public holidays.

Results dates

You can view your results on eStudent on the following dates:

Term 1: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Term 2: Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Term 3: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Term 4: Wednesday, 19 December 2018

What if I can't sit my exam (unavoidable disruption)?

The University recognises that students may experience events or conditions that adversely affect their academic performance.

If you experience serious and unavoidable difficulties at exam time or when assessment tasks are due, you can consider applying for Special Consideration.

Serious and Unavoidable circumstances: The University classifies circumstances as serious and unavoidable if they:

  • could not have reasonably been anticipated, avoided or guarded against by the student; and
  • were beyond the student's control; and
  • caused substantial disruption to the student’s capacity for undertaking assessment for the unit(s); and
  • occurred during an event critical study period and were at least three (3) consecutive days duration or a total of 5 days within the teaching period;  and/or
  • prevented completion of an assessment task scheduled for a specific date (e.g. final examination, in class test/quiz, in class presentation).

How to apply for Special Consideration

Applications must be made within five working days of the assessment task due date. Lodge a Special Consideration application through AskMQ.

Click Special Consideration on the SUBMIT menu on the left then fill in the required fields and attach your supporting evidence.

Supporting evidence can include:

  • original supporting documentation, or
  • a medical certificate, or
  • a completed Professional Authority Form (PAF), or
  • appropriate documentary evidence for non-medical circumstances.

The evidence must:

  • identify the circumstances
  • include dates and/or the length of the circumstances
  • explain the severity and impact of the circumstances
  • clearly describe how the circumstances have adversely affected your capacity for effective study to which an assessment relates
  • include the date(s) on which you were seen by the professional providing the evidence

Applications for Special Consideration may be refused if:

  • not submitted in the manner and timeframe required
  • you have not complied with all other mandatory requirements for successful completion of the unit
  • they are not supported by appropriate documentary evidence

NOTE: Applications made on behalf of a student by an external representative will only be accepted in cases where the student is incapacitated.

Serious Circumstances

Supporting Evidence

Short-term illness

Medical Certificate
Professional Authority Form

Hardship or Trauma

Statutory Declaration
Medical Certificate
Professional Authority Form – stating how the student was affected
Official letter from relevant source/authority

Death or a relative/close friend

Statutory Declaration – stating the relationship to the student
Medical Certificate
Professional Authority Form - stating how the student was affected
Death Notice/Certificate

Unavoidable commitments

Wedding invitations accompanied by Statutory Declaration
Letter from religious leader/Elder
Letter from employer – stating why the student cannot be released from the unexpected work commitments
Letter from doctor/medical certificate
Letter confirming student’s attendance to Jury Duty/court date

Exacerbation of ongoing illness

Medical Certificate
Professional Authority Form – supporting exacerbation

Elite athlete or performer commitments

Official letter from the Macquarie Elite Athlete Program supporting increased training commitments/ competition

Army Reservists/SES commitments and Volunteer Firefighters

An official training notice from organiser explaining why attendance is required
Statutory Declaration

Examination preparation

If you have not sat an exam for a number of years, we encourage you to practise your handwritten (not word processed) essay writing techniques under exam conditions and within the set time allowed.

Location of exams

All exams are held at the North Ryde campus in Building E12A (Stage 5) in Rooms 167, 267 and 248. Exams normally start at 9:00am and 2:00pm. This can vary depending on the exam timetable for the relevant term. You must check for the start time for each unit.

You are required to come at least 15 - 20 minutes early. Your seat allocation will be available on iLearn in Week 10, or on the door to your exam room. If your name is not listed please notify Student Services on +61 2 9850 7829 immediately.

Free parking is available at the MGSM North Ryde campus car park on the day of your exam.

What to bring (and not bring) to your exam

Materials/items that must be brought into an exam:

  • Photo ID - Students will need to bring their Macquarie University Campus Card as photographic proof of identity to each examination. Other forms of acceptable photographic ID include a current Australian drivers licence, a current Australian Proof of Identity card or a current passport.
  • Stationery - Students should bring pens, pencils, erasers, rulers and other drawing instruments that may be needed for an exam in a clear non-coloured plastic bag.

Materials/items that may be brought into an exam:

  • Water - Students can bring bottled water into the exam but it must be in a clear and unmarked bottle.
  • Electronic devices (such as computers, tablets, and phones), purses and wallets may be brought into an examination room but must be placed under the student's desk before
    the exam commences. All electronic devices must be switched off.
  • Watches - You may bring a watch, however, all watches must be removed and placed at the top of the examination desk, where they can be seen clearly and easily by supervisors, and must remain there for the duration of the exam. All alarms and alerts must be switched off.
  • Other items -
    • Students should check well in advance if any additional materials are permitted (e.g. non-programmable calculator)
    • Dictionaries are not permitted for closed book exams.
    • For open book exams, only handwritten notes and printed textbooks / study materials are allowed. Programmable devices including but not limited to iPads, notebooks, tablets, smart phones, laptops and calculators are NOT allowed to be used in exams.


  • All bags or briefcases taken into the examination room must be placed in a designated area provided by the examination supervisor.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off and placed in bags at the front of the room.
  • After entering the examination room, you must not talk or communicate in any way with any other candidate.

During the examination

Reading time

Wait until the supervisor announces the commencement of the examination. Most examination papers are preceded by ten (10) minutes reading time during which you may read your papers.

Attendance form and cover pages of exam books

Student Examination Attendance Form and cover pages of exam books must be filled in before the reading time or as soon as writing time commences as they will be collected by supervisors after half an hour of examination time has elapsed.

Candidates arriving late or leaving early

Candidates will be admitted for one hour from the time of commencement of the examination.  No one may leave within the first hour or during the final ten minutes of an examination.

Temporary absence of students from the examination room

If you ask to leave the examination room during the examination period for a short time, you will remain under supervision. Students will be allowed to go to the toilet one at a time. You should not take any other materials with you when you leave, including your mobile phone.

You need to show your campus card to the room supervisor and complete the Absence from Examination Room Form. A supervisor will then accompany you up to the door of the toilet and await your return in the foyer. Any unusual period of absence will be checked. Before being allowed to re-enter the exam room you are required to present your campus card to the room supervisor and sign in on the same form before returning back to your seat.

Rough work

Rough work may be done on the unruled page of the examination writing book. No rough working booklet is provided unless requested by the examiner. If the unruled space is insufficient for the rough work required, you can ask for a small book for this purpose. This book is to be handed in at the conclusion of the exam.

Suspected misconduct

If you are observed using unauthorised material, it will be confiscated and the Assistant Registrar from the Academic Programs Section of the University will be advised immediately. A complete written report setting out all the details of the incident, together with the confiscated material, will be submitted by the supervisor to the Academic Programs Section.


The University operates under a ‘Fit to Sit’ model, where, in sitting an examination or in-class test, you are declaring you are fit to do so. However, you may be taken ill during the assessment (in the case of an examination or test) or may not have been fit to make reasonable judgement on your fitness at the time. In these cases, you must advise the examination supervisor, who will record the case on the Examination Room Report Form in order for you to be able to apply for Special Consideration.

Queries on the paper

Any queries on the examination paper will be referred to the supervisor-in-charge. Supervisors will not answer questions concerning the interpretation of, or alleged errors in, an examination paper. If such questions arise, they will be referred to the exam co-ordinator, and the lecturer in charge of the unit will be contacted. If a change is required to the paper, this will be announced to all candidates and details of the change written on the whiteboard.

Completing multiple choice questions

Some exam papers are set with a section to be answered on "auto marked" answer sheets and must be completed using a 2B pencil. The edges and corners of the paper should not be bent, torn or stapled.

The NAME field and the STUDENT ID field need to be completed by filling in the relevant circles completely from the left of the field. Use an eraser to change your choice. Do not cross out a mistake. Make sure you do not leave stray marks on the sheet. Mark only within the NAME and STUDENT ID field and within the chosen circles.

Control of the examination

Supervisors are in complete control of the examination room, subject to directions given from the exam co-ordinator in accordance with University rules and procedures. You are required to observe any instruction given by a supervisor for the proper conduct of an examination. It is important that supervisors maintain strict control and order, as the rules and procedures are intended for the benefit of all candidates.

The rules governing students' conduct in examinations will be strictly applied and infringements will be reported immediately. Within the framework of these rules and of the examination system generally, it is the duty of supervisors to present conditions for the examinees as favourable as circumstances permit.

Finishing the exam

Ten (10) minutes prior to the conclusion of an examination a supervisor will announce the time remaining. No student is permitted to leave during this time. A further announcement instructing candidates to cease writing will be made at the conclusion of the examination. You are to remain seated whilst supervisors collect the examination books.

Appeals process

Grade appeals can only be considered where a student can establish one (or more) of the grounds stated in the Grade Appeal Policy. You must demonstrate where the University has errored in their process. If an error is not identified in relation to one or more of these grounds, an appeal will be unsuccessful.

Review your Grade(s) First 

Before appealing you should:

  • Add the final weighted mark of each of your assessment tasks together. You want to ensure there has been no clerical error in adding these marks together to achieve your final grade.
  • Review your final exam/assessment paper. Contact Student Services at studentservices@mgsm.edu.au to make a booking.

Note: Reviewing an exam paper is not an opportunity to challenge marks. You can use this time to reflect on your performance and identify any clerical errors.

Appeal Steps

STEP 1: Read the Grade Appeal Policy. Remember Grade Appeals only concern your final grade not an individual assessment task. If you appeal on the basis that an individual task should have had a higher mark, it will not satisfy the policy.

STEP 2: After reviewing your grade, consider the Grade Appeal Policy and if you meet at least one of the grounds listed for appeal.

STEP 3: If you believe you meet the grounds for appeal, lodge a grade appeal for the Unit via AskMQ. This must be done within 20 working days.

STEP 4: If you have any problems, first contact the faculty of the unit you are appealing. If you still experience difficulties, contact Student Advocacy.

Formal appeal following a grade appeal

If you believe there has been a procedural irregularity in the consideration of your Grade Appeal, you may submit a written appeal to the University Grading Appeals Committee. Appeals on this basis are limited to procedural grounds only.

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