Special Consideration

On some occasion sickness, misadventure, or other circumstances beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or attending or submitting assessable work for a course.

UNSW has centralised procedures for consideration of applications, the full University policy on special consideration can be found here.

You should note that merely submitting a request for Special Consideration does not automatically mean that you will be granted additional assessment, or that you will be awarded an amended result.

You must make a formal application for Special Consideration for the course(s) affected as soon as practicable after the problem occurs and within three working days of the assessment to which it refers. You can only apply for assessment tasks worth more than 20% of the total course assessment.

SCOPE Supplementary Assessment Policy

If an application for illness, misadventure or other circumstances is submitted, the following action may ensue:

  1. No action: if the illness or misadventure is not considered by the SCOPE Exam Committee as being severe.
  2. Additional assessment or supplementary examination: Additional assessment may take a different form from the original. 
  3. Deadline for assessment may be extended.

Applications from students, who claim to have been affected by an illness or misadventure during the exam, maybe considered, if:

  • The student has submitted a fully documented request for Special Consideration to myUNSW within three working days of the exam;
  • The medical or other evidence is clearly of a nature to affect the student's performance seriously, minor ailments like a cold, headache or feeling 'unwell' does not excuse a poor result;
  • The illness or misadventure is considered as being severe by the SCOPE Exam Committee;

Note: Special Consideration will not be granted for work related purposes or because you've booked a holiday during the (supplementary) exam. All students are expected to give priority to their university studies.

SCOPE Supplementary Exam Dates

Semester 1 Thu 13 Jul 2017  
Semester 2 Wed 6 Dec 2017  


  • Students who are granted supplementary exams for multiple courses may be required to sit a supplementary exam on another day;
  • There will be NO further supplementary exam dates set for students who do not have grounds for special consideration;
  • These dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed prior to the start of Semester;
  • All eligible students to sit a supplementary exam will receive a notification via email at least 1-2 days prior to the supplementary exams;
  • If you have submitted a request for special consideration, it is your responsibility to check your email during that period, and to be prepared to complete an exam and/or assessment on the dates indicated above.