How are ELT students assessed?

Information about specific assessment tasks is given in the first class. You are assessed in each of the following areas: writing, reading, speaking and listening. Assessment includes most or all of the following elements: written assignments including essays, reports and case study analyses, oral and written presentations of project work, tutorial and homework exercises, class participation and final examinations.

If you are thought to be at risk of not meeting program requirements, you are notified and offered counselling and assistance to help you make satisfactory progress.

Please note, you must pass the final examination and pass writing (assignment and writing examination) in order to pass the overall program.

Cheating, copying, plagiarism

Marks will only be awarded for your own work. Plagiarised or copied material will result in a fail. Please note, that all written work must be submitted online via TurnItIn.

What to expect in an exam

If you are an Academic English (AE) student, you must pass both the A and B programs to pass the level.

To pass the A program, you must:

  • complete the writing portfolio tasks
  • complete all the assessment tasks
  • receive a combined pass grade for the program.

To pass the B program, you must:

  • complete the writing portfolio tasks
  • complete all assessment tasks
  • pass writing (receive an aggregate of assignment and examination)
  • receive a combined pass grade for the program.

Online exams

All UTS College programs will be running online exams for the forsseable future.

Using special exam software, an exam can be done using your own computer, in a space that you choose. You will need a quiet space without distractions or other people present. You will also need a webcam and a microphone.

To make the most of your remote learning experience, please read our Online Learning Guide. Please also take a look at our online learning support workshops and online one-on-one learning support.

Visit our Remote Learning page to find out more about learning remotely. We recommend reading the FAQs on Remote Learning for English students.

If you have any questions please email

Exam dates and timetable

You must sit the final examinations. Please check the time and place. Examinations are held online, unless otherwise specified.

Final examinations are generally held on Monday, Tuesday and/or Wednesday of Week 5 of each term. You will be notified of the exact schedule of examinations during the term.

What can you bring to your exam?

Bring your student ID to the online exam. Bring your pencils and erasers to the exams.

Note, you cannot use dictionaries during your exam.

Exam rules and guidelines

During the exam you must not:

  • help or receive assistance from other students
  • request the loan of or lend materials or devices to other students
  • bring any materials into the examination room other than those specified for that exam
  • use computer software or other devices during an exam other than those specified.

What to do if you are sick on exam day

If you miss an examination due to illness, you can sit the examination at a later date. Make sure you obtain a medical certificate and submit it to the Student Centre at You may be able to apply for special consideration.

When will your grades be released?

Your teacher will provide your examination results on Thursday of week 5. English Language students will receive ‘letter grades’ for their final result and not a percentage mark. The scale is:

  • HD – High Distinction, which is the top grade
  • D – Distinction
  • C – Credit
  • P – Pass
  • F – which is a Fail.

Where to get your results

Your results will be available via eStudent. Make sure your account is up to date. If you are having trouble logging in, contact ITDS Service Desk Portal. If you suspect that the results displayed are incorrect, advise a teacher immediately.

Please note, all final written examinations are marked by an independent teacher, not by your class teachers.

If you fail an examination or a written assignment, it will be remarked by a second teacher. All failed assessments are remarked for consistency in grading.

What to do if you fail

If you fail a subject, contact the Study Success Advisers who can talk to you about your options. Students who are struggling to meet academic progress expectations will be placed on Academic Caution and will be contacted by Study Success Advisers who will offer additional support.

Satisfactory progression through your program is not only a UTS College requirement but also an Australian Government regulation for international students.

Who to talk to about progress or results

If you have any questions about your progress or results, please contact For advice on your academic progress, contact your Study Success Advisers.

How to lodge an appeal a grading decision

If you suspect there have been procedural or factual errors in the grading of your assessments, you have the right to appeal.