Online exams by the numbers
If you had any centrally-conducted exams in Autumn or Spring session, you’ll know that they ran a little differently this year. We said goodbye to those huge draughty exam halls and hello to sitting our exams from the comfort of home, in our pyjamas and online. The decision to move exams online enabled students to continue progressing their studies this year.
It’s been a huge change for all of us. To highlight how big this change has been, we’ve collected a bunch of interesting facts and figures around online exams at UTS in 2020.
Umm how many Spring online exams?
- 225 in total (that's 88 take home exams, 65 timed LMS and 72 AI invigilated)
- Total number of sittings: 42,238
What about Autumn?
- Total number of exams: 257 (that's 80 AI invigilated, 5 live invigilated, 85 take home, 87 timed LMS)
- Total number of sittings: 46,878
How do I...
Online exams brought with them a HEAP of new things to learn for students – from setting up webcams and a quiet private space at home, to downloading a browser extension. We created a series of guides to help students navigate this new way of doing things – and the data shows they were really helpful!
- 13,253 of you visited the exams page and 5,378 of you visited the online exams page since September 1
- Average time spent on exam pages: 4:15 mins
In addition to the help available on the UTS website, we also set up a dedicated exam hotline staffed by our very own IT Support Centre. Operating during extended hours, these guys helped students out with tech issues 1,468 times!
- Number of calls to the exam hotline during Spring exam period: 1, 468
- Average call wait time: 5:18 mins
And everything else in between!
And finally, exams wouldn’t be exams without the long study hours, measured by coffees, snacks and YouTube:
- Number of coffees consumed: 100,000,000,000 and counting...
- Study snacks devoured: depends on the type of snack
- Hours spent procrastinating on YouTube and Insta: too many
Congratulations to everyone for making it through exams in 2020 – what a year it’s been! Whether you’re enrolled for Summer session, finishing your degree, or taking a well-earned break – we hope you enjoy your Summer.