Key changes to assessment

At the start of 2013, RMIT updated its policies on assessment.

All students should be aware of the following important changes:

  1. Resit equals deferment
  2. Restrictions on further adjustments
  3. Distinction between special consideration and equitable assessment arrangements
  4. Future assessment adjustments
  5. Pass by compensation no longer available
  6. New criteria for unsatisfactory academic performance

1. Resit equals deferment

If you apply to resit an examination or test, this is now called a deferment of the assessment. No mark will be recorded for the original exam or test and you must sit the deferred exam/test in order to gain a mark.

This change ensures that students applying for resits have no advantage over other students: everyone has a single opportunity to sit the assessment and gain a mark.

See section 7 of the Assessment: adjustments to assessment procedure.

2. Restrictions on further adjustments

If you are granted special consideration, a future assessment adjustment, or a supplementary assessment, any further adjustment to the assessment will only be granted under exceptional circumstances. Where a further adjustment is granted, the only passing grade available is an ungraded pass.

These changes have been introduced to encourage students to use deferment of assessment only when necessary and to ensure that assessment takes place soon after the learning in the course.

See section 8 of the Assessment: adjustments to assessment procedure.

3. Distinction between special consideration and equitable assessment arrangements

Special consideration is for unexpected circumstances:

  • outside a student’s control
  • that have a significant adverse impact on a student’s performance in assessment, or
  • which prevent a student from attempting or submitting the assessment.

See section 4 of the Assessment: adjustments to assessment procedure.

The University provides equitable assessment arrangements to accommodate students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition, in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act (1992).

Equitable assessment arrangements may also be available to students who are the primary carer for a close family member with a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition.

See section 3 of the Assessment: adjustments to assessment procedure.

4. Future assessment adjustments

This is a new type of assessment adjustment introduced from 1 February.

Future assessments adjustments are adjustments to assessment for unexpected circumstances outside the student’s control, and which are known well in advance, such as unavoidable family, work, cultural, religious or elite sporting commitments.

Students must apply for a future assessment adjustment as soon as they become aware of the circumstances, and no later than four weeks before the assessment date.

See section 5 of the Assessment: adjustments to assessment procedure.

5. Pass by compensation no longer available

The University no longer grants pass by compensation to students who have narrowly failed a single course in their final semester of study for a qualification.

A program assessment board may grant a supplementary assessment in such cases.

This change ensures that all passing grades are granted for passing performance in assessment.

See section 6 of the Assessment: adjustments to assessment procedure.

6. New criteria for unsatisfactory academic performance

Two new criteria have been added to the list of criteria for unsatisfactory academic performance.

A student may now also be classified by a program assessment board as at risk of unsatisfactory academic progress if they have:

  • failed or demonstrated unsafe practice, or performed in a manner deemed professionally unacceptable in a clinical or practical placement course, or
  • failed the thesis/project component of a one year Honours program.

See the Assessment: academic progress (coursework programs) procedure.