Alternative times or locations for exams
Find out about when you may apply to sit your exam out-of-time or out-of-centre.
Semester One and Two, and Quarter One to Four Exams 2021
All summative examinations in Semesters 1 and 2 and Quarters 1 to 4 2021 will be designed and conducted as online, non-invigilated, time-limited examinations. Exemptions may apply. More details are available in the University’s policy statement.
Exam location change (out-of-centre) requests will not be permitted.
Examinations will be scheduled as per the exam timetable.
Examination period availability
Make sure to plan all your personal activities around the exam period as we expect you to be available for the entire duration.
Dates printed in course handouts or in student diaries may not be accurate.
Individual exam dates are not finalised until they are published on Student Services Online.
Problem with an exam time
There are strict criteria in place for approving an exam to be sat at a different time (referred to as out-of-time) or place (out-of-centre). Applications for personal commitments or travel will not be accepted. You should not book any travel during the exam period until after your finalised timetable is published. University exam periods can be viewed in advance.
Out-of-time exams must be taken as near as possible to the actual date of the scheduled exam. This is usually scheduled within 24 hours of the main sitting.
Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks before the first day of the examination period; otherwise your application may not be considered in time. You may request to sit out-of-time or out-of-centre under the following categories: religious, bereavement, study, legal, sport/cultural, wedding, business.
If your application does not meet the criteria for any of these categories or relates to the timezone you are located in meaning your exam has been scheduled during the night in your location, please contact the Examinations Office immediately. All applications to move an exam time for Semester Two 2021 must be made by Monday 4 October 2021.
Examples of the required supporting documentation for each category is listed below. Depending on your situation, further evidence may also be required. Applications with insufficient supporting documents will not be approved.
Criteria: Exam conflicts with the Sabbath
Application forms: Special application forms for religious reasons only are available here.
Application fee: These applications are fee exempt if made on time. Late applications are subject to a fee.
Documentation required: Completed AS-33 application form; AS-32 religious declaration form completed by your pastor, rabbi, or church elder; AS-31 statutory application form.
Criteria: Family member or close friend (short notice acceptable).
Application forms: Please email the Examinations Office for application forms.
Application fee: These applications are fee exempt.
Documentation required: Completed application form, along with supporting evidence such as: a death notice, order of service, or other appropriate documents.
Study, legal, sport/cultural, wedding, or business categories
Criteria and Supporting Documentation for each category:
Criteria: Overseas study; must be at a tertiary institute
Documentation required: Completed application form, along with supporting evidence such as: letter of confirmation from other institute showing enrolment, and flight itinerary.
Criteria: Court appearance (short notice acceptable)
Documentation required: Completed application form, along with supporting evidence such as: Court notice or court order.
Sport / Cultural
Criteria: Representing New Zealand at an international sporting or cultural event.
Documentation required: Completed application form, along with supporting evidence such as: A letter from your NSO and, if applicable, flight or travel itinerary (in most cases a match or game schedule will also be required).
Criteria: Wedding of an immediate family member (parent, sibling, child) or part of bridal party.
Documentation required: Completed application form, along with supporting evidence such as: Invitation card, letter from marriage celebrant and, if applicable, flight itinerary.
Criteria: Unavoidable business obligation or business travel.
Documentation required: Completed application form, along with supporting evidence such as: a letter from your employer and, if applicable, flight itinerary (in most cases conference schedules, invitations or other documents will also be required).
We understand that due to current COVID-19 alert levels, you may not be able to get the AS-31 completed right now. Once you submit your application form (AS-28), the Exams Office will send you a copy of a self-declaration and start processing your request for an alternative examination.
- Applications submitted during the exam period will not be considered unless the reason is due to bereavement or a legal obligation.
- Academic staff cannot approve out-of-time or out-of-centre requests. Please direct your enquiries to the Examinations Office.
- If your application does not fit in the listed criteria, please send us an email.