What are the permitted materials in an exam?

Your unit outline will state all materials permitted in an exam. A list of permitted materials will also appear on the exam timetable and on the cover of the exam. If you are found with materials not permitted during an exam, you will be in breach of the student conduct rules and may be issued with a 'Breach of Conduct Card'.  

The following list outlines what items are permitted in the exam room:

Permitted materials 

Calculators may be permitted in the exam room if specified. They must be removed from their cases, memories cleared and checked by an examination coordinator prior to the commencement of your exam.


Dictionaries are only permitted in exams if specified.

Personal Items

Wallets and purses are permitted in the exam room but must be placed under your desk or in your bag.

Bags that are brought into the exam room must be placed in the designated area.

Glucose sweets and water is permitted at the discretion of the examinations coordinator.

Stationary Items

Pens, pencils and erasers are permitted into the exam room.

No other materials are permitted unless specified for that exam.

Pencil cases must be placed underneath the desk.

Materials that are not permitted in the exam room:

Thesauruses are not permitted or allowed as a dictionary unless specified.

Mobile phones & other electronic devices

Electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, hand-held computers, tablets, iPods, MP3 players or electronic dictionaries are not permitted.

Food and/or drink

Food and/or drinks are not permitted in the exam room other than water and glucose sweets as outlined above.


Smoking is not permitted in any university building at any time. Cigarette breaks are not permitted through your examination.

Hats and other headwear

The wearing of hats and other headwear is not permitted during the examination.

Scrap paper 

Scrap paper is not permitted in exams – all rough workings are to be done on the blank sides of the script books provided.

Please note: Permitted materials are subject to scrutiny by and at the discretion of the examinations coordinators.

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