How to prepare for exams

Exams are stressful – there’s no denying it. To help you prepare for exams from the start of term right up until the main event, we’ve laid out an exams road map for you.

Tip #1: Check your exam centre 

If you have an exam scheduled for your unit/s it’s important to check your exam centre in MyCentre. This is the physical location where you will sit your exam. If it is incorrect, you will need to update this as early in the term as possible.

Note: Updating your address in MyCentre does not automatically update your exam centre. If you have moved and changed address, please ensure to update your exam centre by following these instructions.

Changes can’t be made from two weeks prior to the exam period.

Tip #2: Request an exam timetable 

The DRAFT Examination Timetable is available eight weeks before the standard exam period. You will have five working days to provide feedback after its release. The OFFICIAL Examination Timetable is usually released in week six of term and you can request an exam timetable in MyCentre.

Tip #3: Don’t take the ‘easy’ route

When your assessments are piling up and the anxiety surrounding upcoming exams is strong, it might be super tempting to find an easy way out and sometimes it might feel like the only way to push through it all. BUT it is not the answer. Academic misconduct is something CQUni takes really seriously and there are severe penalties for it if you’re caught participating in it. (and you will be caught). Free academic support is available to you as a CQUni student so if you’re struggling, we urge you to reach out.

The Academic Learning Centre, Get Optimistic About Learning (GOAL), and Studiosity after-hours assistance are fantastic resources which can help you tackle your assessments and exam preparation and guide you on the right path. Students also have access to our free Student Counselling service.

Tip #4: Study, study, study  

You can find a range of exam tips and tricks in the Great Guide to University Study, and don’t forget to check out the Get Optimistic About Learning modules on the Student Portal for more study skills and tips for coping with stress.

Don’t hesitate to submit an Examinations Enquiry eForm if you have any questions regarding examinations.   

Ashleigh Truscott (

I am a CQUni alumnus, who graduated back in 2010. Straight after graduating, I took a job in media, and later returned to CQUni working full-time as Student Communications Assistant. I remember all too well the panic fuelled ‘all-nighters’, getting lost on campus, confusion over systems, and the general feeling of being unsure. I'm excited to share my experiences and provide some insights into university life.

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