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Applying for special consideration
Special consideration for exams
The possible outcomes of an application for special consideration are:
1. Special consideration is granted.
If your special consideration application is approved, the following may occur:
- If your application relates to an end of semester exam, you may be allowed to sit a special exam on a specific date. You must sit this exam even if you sat the original exam as that mark is now void. If you don't sit the special exam you will receive a zero mark for the exam.
- If you were impacted in the preparation or delivery of another form of assessment, you may be granted an alternative assessment. Your convenor will determine what form this will take.
2. Special consideration is not granted.
Swinburne does not normally allow for special exams to be rescheduled unless the circumstances that prevented you sitting the special exam were extraordinary and severe. If special consideration is not granted, your application did not meet our compliance requirements.
If your application for special consideration is approved and you’re awarded a special exam, you will sit this exam on the Thursday or Friday of the week following the formal exam period for that teaching period. You must be available for that sitting; no alternative will be arranged.
How to apply
Applications for special consideration must be submitted using the appropriate application form listed below.
Applications that do not meet our requirements may be deemed ineligible. Your application may also be refused if you have not met all other mandatory requirements for successful completion of the unit, such as any specified hurdle requirements.
If you’re awarded a special exam, you must be available for the special exam dates.
If you’re a vocational education or Swinburne Professional student, download, fill out and submit the following form via email to VE-Progressions (VEfirstname.lastname@example.org).
Your application should be submitted no later than 5.00pm on the third working day after the submission date for the assessment task for which you're requesting special consideration.
If you’re a Foundation Year or UniLink student, download, fill out and submit the following form. You need to lodge this application with studentHQ no later than 5.00pm on the third working day after the submission date for the piece of assessment/exam for which you're requesting special consideration.
If you’re an ELICOS student, download, fill out and submit the following form. You need to lodge this application with TD Reception for the attention of EAP Coordinator or the GE Coordinator no later than 5.00pm on the second working day after the submission date for the piece of assessment/exam for which you're requesting special consideration.