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Electronic exams for students

If you are a Stage 2 English Literary Studies student, your subject will be the first to use an electronic format for the end-of-year examination on 7 November. This exam is worth 15% of your final grade.

When you sit the electronic examination you will be provided with a paper version of the question booklet and can then choose to read from screen or from paper before answering the questions electronically.

Your teacher will support your preparation. The best preparation for your exam is engagement in subject learning, i.e. critical reading.


Now that exams involve technology staff at your school have been trained to help. If your battery goes flat or the network connection drops out, support will be there to get you through to the end. Watch the following video to learn more about what happens in these situations.

For more information, see electronic exam FAQs.

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Student feedback from the trial

During August and September you had the opportunity to participate in an authentic electronic examination to help you prepare for your exam on 7 November.

Students supplied the following feedback about their trial examination experience:

Student feedback Our response
Some students noted that the flashing behaviour of the exam countdown timer, that warns students they have 10 minutes remaining, is distracting. The exam countdown timer won’t be updated for the 7 November examination. Now that students are familiar with the timer warning it is a useful indicator that the exam finish time is approaching. Further feedback will be sought from students following the 7 November examination.
A few comments were received indicating that students were unable to use ‘copy and paste’ features to copy their response on one page to paste it into another. This feature will be included in the 7 November examination.
Some comments indicated that the electronic dictionary was useful. Other comments indicated that students preferred a printed dictionary. Students may use a printed dictionary during their electronic examination. The dictionary may be inspected by the exam invigilator to ensure it does not contain any additional material.
A few comments referred to 'glitchy' or 'laggy' behaviour either with cursor movement or in relation to highlighting. If the device used does not meet minimum technical requirements then this may explain these behaviours. Students are encouraged to seek IT support at their school if they have doubt that their device complies.
Students indicated that they would appreciate it if the text automatically scrolled when they reach the bottom of the page. Automatic scrolling is not available. Students, when writing extended responses, are encouraged to maximise the size of their response panel by closing their resource materials panel and dragging centre grab bar as far as possible to the left. This will increase the amount of text that they can get on the screen.
Some feedback highlighted that a word count would be useful. A word count feature will not be made available this year. The exam questions will provide a guide in relation to the number of sentences or paragraphs expected.
Feedback indicated that spell check and autocorrect features would be helpful. In 2018 students are not able to check their spelling electronically. This is to ensure parity with students doing their exam on paper.
Some students indicated that they are distracted by the typing noise of other students. Typing noise is now part of the electronic examination setting. Students, based on preference, can choose to bring earplugs (non-electronic) into the exam room with their stationery and wear them during their electronic exam.
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Try the example electronic exam

The example electronic examination is still available if you need to revisit the electronic examination features in preparation for 7 November.

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Special provisions

If you are eligible for special provisions see our special provisions information.

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