Exams are administered by either the ​Examinations Office (end-of-semester), or a relevant school (mid-semester).

Timetables

We expect students to be available for the full duration of each semester's exam period.

Consult the Academic Calendar and relevant course profiles before making any plans that will clash with exam periods.

The Academic Calendar is available up to one year in advance.

Before you sit an exam, it is also your responsibility to read the Examinations Policy.

End-of-semester exams

End-of-semester exams are also called "central exams" and are held during designated end-of-semester exam periods. These usually fall in:

  • Semester 1: June
  • Semester 2: November
  • Summer Semester: February.

End-of-semester exam timetables are published on the my.UQ homepage around 5 weeks before an examination period's start date. For Summer Semester, exam timetables are available in late January.

A personal exam timetable will be emailed to your student email address.

Please note that it is your responsibility to pay attention to the times and locations for your exams and to arrive at the correct room at the correct time and on the correct day.

Misreading your exam timetable is not an approved reason to be granted a deferred exam.

A full list of important exam dates is available

Mid-semester exams

Mid-semester exams are typically held during scheduled class times. However, if a course has a very large number of students, a mid-semester exam may be scheduled for a Saturday.

Timetables for Saturday mid-semester exams are published on the my.UQ homepage around 4 weeks before the exams are scheduled.

A personal exam timetable will be emailed to your student email address.

Contact your course coordinator, or your school with any questions about mid-semester exams.

Please note that it is your responsibility to pay attention to the times and locations for your exams and to arrive at the correct room at the correct time and on the correct day.

Misreading your exam timetable is not an approved reason to be granted a deferred exam.

A full list of important exam dates is available

Sessions and times

End-of-semester exams are scheduled in up to 4 sessions per day from Monday to Friday, and in up to 3 sessions on Saturdays.

For Summer Semester, end-of-semester exams are scheduled from Monday to Friday, with 2 sessions per day, commencing at 9am and 12.30pm.

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your exam's scheduled start time. If your exam is at the UQ Centre you should plan to arrive 30 minutes before your exam begins.

Students must allow for enough time to travel to an exam venue and must take traffic conditions into account (e.g. peak hour traffic).

All reasonable attempts must be made to plan transport in a way that avoids or minimises travel delays.

The start times for end-of-semester exam sessions are:

Monday to Friday  
Session 1 8am
Session 2 11.15am
Session 3 2.30pm
Session 4 5.45pm
Saturday  
Session 1 9.30am
Session 2 1.30pm
Session 3 4.30pm

Timetable clashes

For end-of-semester exams, a timetable clash occurs when:

  • 2 of your exams are timetabled for the same session, or
  • 3 exams are scheduled on a single calendar day during the end-of-semester exam period.

For mid-semester exams, a timetable clash occurs when:

  • 2 of your exams are timetabled for the same session, or
  • 3 exams are scheduled on a single calendar day outside of scheduled classes (e.g. on a Saturday).

In these cases, you can apply for alternative exam arrangements.

Exam venues

Exam venues are listed on your personal exam timetable, which is sent to your student email address.

Exams may be held in a venue you are unfamiliar with. On the day of your exam you should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your exam's scheduled start time.

If your exam is at the UQ Centre you should plan to arrive 30 minutes before your exam begins.

Because the UQ Centre is a large venue, the extra time is to let students enter the exam room with sufficient time to commence their exam.

To find an exam room, or to find your way around campus, download the UQNav app or use the UQ maps database to search by building name or building number.

Deferred and supplementary exams

Deferred end-of-semester exams and supplementary exams are held during the University’s deferred and supplementary exam periods.

Times for deferred and supplementary exams are published on the my.UQ homepage. A personal exam timetable will be emailed to your student email.

You must be available to sit the deferred or supplementary exam at the scheduled date and time.

There are no provisions to sit deferred or supplementary exams earlier than scheduled, or for further deferral of a deferred or supplementary exam.

Find out more about deferring an exam or supplementary assessment.