Online Theory Exam Policy


  1. Candidates and Supervisors are expected to comply with all policies regarding the conduct of online examinations.
  2. The candidate will undertake the examination without access to any aid (including but not limited to written notes, music scores, recordings, books, internet sites including those found using search engines such as Google), beyond those provided by the examination itself during the course of the examination. Blank manuscript paper and pencils are permitted to be used during the exam.
  3. The candidate will undertake the examination without recourse to any other person during the duration of the examination.
  4. The candidate and supervisor are not permitted to take a record of the questions asked in the exam (eg. via screenshot, photo or written notes).  

Examination conduct – supervisor protocol

  1. The examination must be supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older (Supervisor).
  2. The Supervisor must sign an electronic declaration confirming they assume responsibility for supervising the candidate for the duration of the examination according to the terms of this Online Examination Policy.
  3. The Supervisor must provide their name and a mobile phone number when completing the electronic declaration.
  4. The Supervisor must be present for the duration of the examination.
  5. The Supervisor must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the candidate undertaking the examination is the same person who has completed the entry information for the examination.
  6. The Supervisor must position themselves in the room so that the candidate’s screen may be viewed and they must not engage in conversation with the candidate once the examination has commenced.
  7. The Supervisor must be prepared to receive a phone call from AMEB to confirm they were supervising the examination, and whether any breach of this Online Examination Policy was observed.

Examination time

  1. The examination will be timed and will end when the candidate clicks on ‘send’ to submit the examination answers or when the time allowed expires.
  2. If a candidate is unable to complete an examination for reasons of illness or external factors (eg power blackout), the examination key will remain current and they will be able to re-sit the examination providing that AMEB is informed ( of the problem within one (1) hour of the error occurring. In some circumstances the candidate will have to begin a new randomly-generated examination at a time of their choice.


  1. In the event that a candidate breaches this Online Examination Policy, they will be subject to a review by AMEB, the outcomes of which may include their result being rescinded or registered as a fail.


Grounds for an Appeal

  1. An error in a question or an ambiguity that prevents the question from being answered, sufficient to prejudice the outcome of the examination.
  2. Errors in procedure.

First level Appeal

  1. First Level Appeals are managed through the Online Examination Site. The appeal must be processed within 14 days of receipt of the result.
  2. An examination undergoing a first level appeal will be re-marked by an examiner other than the original examiner.  
  3. The re-mark may result in the final mark being higher, lower or remaining the same as the original mark.
  4. There is a fee for an appeal and this will be refunded if the appeal is upheld and the re-marking results in a higher mark.

Second level Appeal

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the first appeal any further appeal needs to be made in writing and addressed to:

Head of Examining
Level 27, 150 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Or by email to

  1. The Federal Office will undertake a review of any question identified as containing a putative error or ambiguity.
  2. In situations in which the Federal Office confirms the existence of an error or an ambiguity sufficient to prejudice the outcome of the examination for the candidate, the Federal Office will determine the course of action to be taken in regard to the question (which may include but is not limited to awarding full marks for the relevant question).
  3. The finding of the Federal Office regarding questions affected in these ways is final and may not be further appealed.