What is a secondary assessment?

Published 25/01/2017 09:50 AM   |    Updated 02/04/2018 12:35 AM

You can apply for secondary assessment where they are unexpected or exceptional circumstances that impact upon your ability to attend or perform well in your exam or final assessment piece.  You need to apply for secondary assessment within five days of your exam or final assessment due date, and you can only apply once per course.  If your situation also impacts your ability to apply on time and your application is late your application will be reviewed by the Director: Student and Academic Services prior to acceptance.  The Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual (APPM) section 7 provides examples of the circumstances under which secondary assessment may be approved:

Medical Circumstances*

  • an unexpected illness
  • a re-occurrence of a chronic illness
  • an accident.

Compassionate Circumstances*

  • a death or serious illness of a close family member
  • a server disruption to domestic arrangements
  • being a victim of crime
  • an accident.


Special Circumstances*

  • religious observance
  • community service, for example, jury duty, an unforeseen call to the Australian Defence Force or state emergency services
  • a summons to appear in court
  • a minor vehicle accident that occurred on the day of the examination or deadline for submission of the final assessment
  • training/sporting/rehearsing/performing commitments for elite athletes and performing artists as defined on the UniSA website
  • employment related circumstances such as a move interstate at short notice. Changed employment circumstances that are within the student's control, or holiday arrangements, are not special circumstances.


*If personal issues are affecting your studies you should consider making an appointment with a Counsellor

You will need to ensure that you have relevant and appropriate supporting documentation when you apply for secondary assessment.  

Examples of situations that would generally not be considered unexpected or exceptional are holidays, special events (e.g. festivals or weddings), or other planned events.  If you are unsure as to whether or not your situation would be considered under the secondary assessment policy please get in touch with Campus Central so we can offer you more personalised advice.

If you apply prior to your exam or assessment you may be granted a deferred exam or assessment.  If you apply after your exam or assessment you may be granted special consideration.

If you are granted a secondary assessment you can view the secondary assessment type next to the original enrolment on myUniSA. You will also receive a confirmation letter or email from Campus Central.

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