Examinations and assessments

Information about examinations at the University, types of assessment, and what to do if you have a problem or can’t sit an exam.


An assessment is any assigning of marks or grades to pieces of work that you submit in a course. Assessment information is in your course outlines.

There are several types of assessment at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Examinations/Centrally Managed Tests: An item of assessment to be undertaken at a predetermined time and place by all the students enrolled for a course, during an official assessment period following the end of the course. The scheduling, conduct, and invigilation of these examinations are arranged by the Examinations Management Team.

Internal Assessments: Items of assessment other than examinations as defined above, for example, internal tests, assignments, class presentations, practical work, etc.

What to do if you can’t sit an exam

Help is available if you are unable to sit your exam due to the following circumstances. For any other exam-related questions or problems, contact the Examinations Management Team.

Illness or exceptional circumstances

There is help available if you’re feeling unwell or are facing serious personal circumstances. In the lead up to the final assessment period, contact your Student Success team to discuss your options. If you are unwell on the day of your exam, contact your course coordinator as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements. Find out more about help available at final assessment time.

Ongoing or long-term medical conditions

If you have an ongoing impairment or condition, contact Te Amaru—Disability Services as early as possible during the trimester to discuss your situation.

Sitting exams at another time or place

All students are expected to be present for their examinations at the scheduled time and place. However, under exceptional circumstances you may apply to sit a Centrally Managed Test at another location, and/or at another time during the assessment period, normally within 24 hours of the scheduled time. Applications with supporting documentation should be submitted no later than 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the assessment period. Contact the Examinations Management Team for an application form.

An administrative fee will apply to students who have been permitted to sit their assessment outside the scheduled time or at another location outside Wellington.

Late for or miss an exam

If you are late for, or miss an exam, contact the Examinations Management Team or immediately go to the Examinations Control Room MY209 in the Murphy Building.

How to get your results

Exam results are added to Student Records as they become available. The speed with which the results appear in Student Records depends on the trimester and the individual circumstances. We do not post exam results out to you.