Update: FAQs regarding the extension of the May / June 2017 examinations

How will I be affected by the changes to the examination dates?

If you are an undergraduate student (including students registered for signature modules, fully online modules and modules with online assessments, short learning programmes BUT excluding all postgraduate students) scheduled to write examinations in the first two weeks of the examination period (from 2 to 12 May 2017), there are two options available:

  • Option 1: To write those examinations scheduled from 2 to 12 May 2017 as per the original timetable available on myUnisa.


  • Option 2: To write those examinations originally scheduled from 2 to 12 May 2017 from 12 June 2017 as per a new timetable that will be available on 4 May 2017.

The options detailed above are only valid for modules written during the first two weeks of the May / June 2017 examination period. Modules written from 15 May to 9 June 2017 are not affected by this change and will continue as originally scheduled.

Which exam opportunity should I make use of?

We advise you to write your examinations as per the original timetable if at all possible. Examination venues for the new dates are not guaranteed and you may be required to write your papers in venues that are different to your selected venues.

Will I be writing at the same exam venue?

Yes, in most cases you will be able to write at your original exam venue. The following exam venues will, however, not be available from 12 to 23 June 2017 and the new venues listed next to each original venue will be applicable to the second extended examination period:

Original venue

New venue







Heartfelt Arena

Pretoria Showgrounds

Goodwood (N1 City)

Goodwood (N1 City)








Should I contact Unisa to inform them when I will write my exam(s)?

You do not need to contact the university or complete any forms to write the second option. The university will ensure that there are sufficient papers available for each sitting.

Where can I find my updated exam timetable?

The updated timetable is available on myUnisa or via the examination timetable tool. The new timetable will provide two dates: paper 1 on the timetable reflects the original examination date and paper 2 the extended examination date. You can approach your regional office for a printed copy with the Unisa logo on it.

Can I write both the exams scheduled on my timetable?

No, but if you do, only the first attempt will be marked. You must either write the first session, paper 1 (P1) from 2 to 12 May 2017 or the later session, paper 2 (P2) from 12 to 23 June 2017.

If I choose to write my examination during the later session (from 12 to 23 June 2017), will I write exactly the same paper as those who wrote during the first session?

No. You will receive a new question paper that was set by your lecturer.

Can I still apply for an aegrotat / special exam for the October /November 2017 exam period?

Yes, if you miss both opportunities and have documentation to support your request, your request will be processed as per normal aegrotat / special exam applications. Normal rules apply.

Are postgraduate students included in the extension?

No, postgraduate students are not included in the timetable extension. Postgraduate students must write examinations as originally scheduled. Click here to view the list of modules affected. Please note the following:

  • "Included" means that you are included in the extended examination process, and you can exercise one of the two options on when to write the examination in this module.
  • "Excluded" means that you are excluded from the extended examination process, and have to write the examination for this module in the first two weeks.

If a postgraduate student missed an examination from 2 to 5 May 2017, the colleges will consider alternative assessment opportunities. Communication in this regard will be shared as soon as possible by the respective module lecturers.

Are students with disabilities included?

Yes, arrangements will also be made for these students in the second extended period (12-23 June 2017).

When will exam results be released?

Unisa will make exam results available on a staggered basis from 12 June 2017. This means that

  • not all modules’ results will be available on 12 June 2017
  • a module's exam results will be released as soon as they become available (any time from 12 June onwards)

Please check myUnisa regularly for your exam results from 12 June 2017.

I'm planning to write my exam during the later session (from 12 to 23 June 2017). When I click on exam results on myUnisa, it shows that I was absent from the examination.

If you were scheduled to write an examination during the period 2 to 12 May 2017 (as per the original exam timetable), but have chosen to write your examination during the period 12 to 23 June 2017 (as per the revised exam timetable), the information under "Examination results" on myUnisa will show that you were absent from the examination. This information will be updated once you write the examination and your details have been captured on the system.

Can I write my exam in the second session (12 - 23 June 2017) if I have already been granted an exam deferment (aegrotat) to October / November 2017?

Yes, you may request your deferred exam to be moved back to the May / June 2017 examination period. This will allow you to write the exam during this session.

What if I haven’t received my study material yet?

Please notify Unisa's Despatch Department ( If you have not been able to prepare for your exam due to this, please request a registration deferment via Unisa's Registration Directorate (

Will MCQ assignments be marked, even if they were submitted late?

Yes, MCQ assignments that were submitted by 28 April 2017 will be marked.

Can students submit portfolios online after the original due date?

Yes, if you are an undergraduate student and the due date for your portfolio was set in the first two weeks of the examination period (from 2 to 12 May 2017), the myUnisa system will remain open for submission until 9 June 2017. The original due date will display on myUnisa.

Will the CTA test scheduled for 20 June 2017 be rescheduled?

Yes, the CTA tests are rescheduled to 27 June 2017. 

Publish date: 2017-07-10 00:00:00.0