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Rules and Procedures for Exams



  1. Examination Dates and Times
  • Students cannot make an illness/adventure appeal because they have misread the timetable.
  • Students must be at the examination room at least 15 minutes before the start of the examination.
  • If students are more than one hour late, they will not be admitted to the examination room.
  1. Equipment for Examinations
  • Students may bring the following equipment into the examination room:
  1.  Blue or black biro or pens
  2. Pencils, eraser
  3. Ruler
  4. Protractor
  5. Compass
  6. Board approved calculator
  7. Glasses case
  8. Tissues
  9. Bottle of water
  • Students must supply materials that are in working order.  Students cannot appeal on the grounds that their equipment did not work correctly.
  • Students are not permitted to borrow equipment during examinations.

3.    Examination Room Rules

  • Students are expected to wear school uniform for all examinations.
  • Students are required to sit at their assigned desk for their examination paper.
  • Students must remove watches and place in clear view on the examination desk.
  • Students must check they have the correct paper and make sure that there are no pages missing.
  • There will be five (5) minutes of reading time for each paper.  There will be ten (10) minutes of reading time for English (Standard and Advanced) Paper 1 – Area of Study.  Students are not allowed to commence writing until instructed to do so.
  • If students have completed the examination to the best of their ability, they may leave the examination room at the end of the first hour but may only leave up to fifteen minutes from the conclusion of the paper.
  • If students have to leave to go to the toilet, they must be supervised while they are absent.
  • When answering examination papers, students must:
  1. Write their student number or name on all of their writing booklets and answering sheets.
  2. Stop writing immediately when told to do so by the supervisor.
  • Students must not:
  1. Commence writing until told to do so by the supervisor.
  2. Wear hats or caps.
  3. Eat in the examination room.  (Except where a medical condition, certified by a medical professional has been identified).
  4. Speak to any person other than a supervisor during an examination.
  5. Behave in any way likely to disturb the work of any other student.
  6. Take into the examination room any books, notes, guides, the examination timetable or MOBILE PHONES AND IPODS.
  • If a student does not follow these rules, or if they cheat in the examinations in any way, they will be reported to the Principal and may be removed from the examination room.

The penalty may be cancellation of papers for the course concerned, and as a consequence a student may be ineligible to continue in the Prelim or HSC Year.

  • If a student does not make a serious attempt at an examination, he/she may not receive a mark in that course and may not be eligible for an award in that course.  Markers will bring to the Principal's attention examination answers that contain frivolous or objectionable material.

4. Illness/Misadventure

If a student believes that his/her performance in the examination was diminished because of circumstances beyond their control, they can lodge an Illness/Misadventure form.

  • Students may appeal for a variation to their results if they were prevented from attending an examination, or they consider that their performance was affected by illness or misadventure immediately before or during the examination.
  • The Illness/Misadventure appeals process does not cover:
  1. Loss of preparation time
  2. Alleged inadequacy of teaching
  3. Misreading of the timetable
  4. Misreading of examination instructions
  5. Failure to enter for the examination in the correct course
  6. Long-term illness such as glandular fever, asthma and epilepsy – unless there is evidence of a sudden recurrence during examination.