When is My Unisa Exams?

If you need information on the UNISA exams, you have come to the right place!

UNISA Exams Timetables

Unisa Exams
When is my Unisa Exams

Unisa Exams, together with the timetables and dates, are available to registered students.  Make use of the Unisa examination timetable tool to get your personal examination timetable:

How do I get my Personal Unisa Exam Timetable online?

  • Here is a step-by-step guide to get your Online Exam Timetable on the Unisa website.
  • When you are on the Unisa Online Examination Timetable website page, you should have the following picture on your screen:

Unisa Exams

  • When you are on the above page (pictured above), go straight to the Examination Period and choose between the May or June session which you want to write your exams.
  • Next, at Enter Study Unit Codes, enter your student number and press ENTER.
  • Your personal Examination Timetable should now be open on your screen with your personal exam dates and times for your chosen subjects.

How do I get a printed version (hard copy) of my Unisa Exams Timetable?

The final examination timetable will be mailed to students by post before the relevant examinations and will contain the following:

  • A complete list of subjects the students qualify for admission to write examinations.
  • A complete list of subjects (if any) in which students do NOT qualify to write the examinations.
  • Specific date(s) and time(s) of examination(s).
  • Details of the physical address of the examination centre, and the details of the invigilator.
  • General instructions regarding the examinations.

How can I save my UNISA Exams Timetable to a Word Document?

  • First you need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.
  • Open your Unisa exam-timetable-2018-pdf
  • Click on the Export PDF tool in the right pane on your screen.
  • Choose Microsoft Word as your export format, and then choose Word Document.
  • Save your Unisa exam timetable as a normal Word Document.

Important information to remember

  • Read the examination timetable VERY CAREFULLY.  Under no circumstances will admission to a special examination be given or considered because of misreading of examination dates or timetables.
  • Usually the examination instructions appear on the back of the timetable.  Failing to keep to these instructions could lead to the application of the Disciplinary Code for Students.

May / June semester exams

  • The FINAL TIMETABLE for the May semester examinations will usually be posted to all the relevant candidates in April.
  • If any student has NOT received his/her final examinations timetable in April, then contact the Examination Administration Division IMMEDIATELY by sending an sms to 43584 with the relevant student number.

October / November semester exams

  • The FINAL TIMETABE for the October examination will usually be posted out to all the relevant students in September.
  • If any student has NOT received his/her final examinations timetable by October, then contact the Examination Administration Division IMMEDIATELY by sending an sms to 43584 with the relevant student number.

 Unisa Exams:  Additional Fees

Additional fees are payable in the following cases (2018 academic year)
Aegrotat examination R225.00
Special examination R225.00
Supplementary examination R225.00
Remarking of examination script R395.00


Examination instructions

Click here to view and print the examination instructions (PDF):




How do I get Admission for my Unisa Exams?

  • In order to get examination admission for a subject, a student must be officially registered with the University (Unisa).
  • In order to get examination admission, a student may need to fulfil certain requirements as determined by the Academic Department (see Tutorial letter 101).
  • Examination admission will only be given after a student submits the approved compulsory assignment and/or agreement with the approved requirements.

What are Unisa examination numbers?

  • The examination number is the student number that each student gets when he/she first register at the University (Unisa) to begin their studies.
  • It is compulsory for each student to show proof of identity at the examination.  A valid student card is required, as well as an identity document with a recent photograph.

Which examination centre am I writing my Unisa Exams at?

  • It is each student must identify the closest examination centre to his/her home, by filling in the code of his/her chosen examination centre on the registration form. When signing the application form, the student agrees to, among other things, write his/her examinations at his/her registered venue.  Double examination venues will not be allowed.

Republic of South Africa

Other countries in Africa

Overseas countries

  • Examination venues IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES are limited to cities where Unisa is able to make suitable arrangements.

Prisons and Detention Centres Â– only for prisoners.

  • For a list of all the prisons and detention centres where ONLY prisoners can write, click here.

The University (Unisa) will do everything possible to make arrangements for examinations at each of the listed venues.  However, if no suitable arrangements can be made at a particular venue, the University holds the right to change the student’s examination venue.

Examination centers are divided as follows:

  • If a student wishes to change their examination venue after registration, then he/she must send his/her written application and instructions to the University to change the examination venue on, or before the following dates:
  • 31 July for the October/November examinations
  • 15 November for January/February examinations
  • No makeshift or special examination venue will be acceptable.  Students must write at an official and approved examination venue.  A specific list of examination venues is listed in the registration Information Brochure.

Who are the Invigilators for the Unisa Exams?

  • The invigilators are employees of the University who have full given authority from the University at the examination centre.
  • Students must at all times abide all the legal instructions from the invigilator during the examination session.

Release of results – 2018 schedule

Examination period  Date of release
May / June 2018  19 July 2018
October / November 2018  21 December 2018

  • The Final Examination Result Letters will be printed and mailed via post to students on the above dates.
  • The Final Examination Result Letters are being released as it becomes available on myUnisa.
  • NO results will be released to any student if he/she has not returned ALL books borrowed from the University Library and all outstanding fees are paid.
  • NO results will be given telephonically by lecturers/academics or administration staff.
  • NO timetables will be also being released for special exams, if fees or library books are owned.

How does Unisa release the examination results?

  • E-mail  –   Register on myUnisa and specify on your application if you want to receive your results by email.
  • Posted  –   Hard copies of the examination results will be mailed to each student after the official date of release/printing.

Confirmation: Completion of qualification

Please note that the confirmation of completions of qualifications for students who wrote examinations on:

  • May/June 2018 will be made available as from the end of August 2018 and
  • Oct/Nov 2018 will be made available as from the end of January 2019.

Marking and re-marking of examination papers

  • The procedures for the re-marking of examination papers are sent together with the examination results to students.
  • Please note:  Only students who got 35% – 49%, or 68% – 74% in a subject may apply for a re-mark of that particular subject.
  • The application for a re-mark must include the correct set fee for that particular subject to be re-marked.
  • To see the amount payable for the re-mark, go to the myUnisa website, and go to the “Miscellaneous fees”.
  •  No late applications will be considered for any re-mark.

Closing dates for applications

October / November 2017 examinations 31 January 2018
January / February 2018 supplementary examinations 30 March 2018
January / February 2018 postgraduate examinations 30 March 2018
May / June 2018 examinations 31 July 2018
October / November 2018 examinations 31 January 2019
  • Answer papers that consist only of a mark reading sheet, are marked electronically, and will not be re-marked.  A student may not apply for a practical component of an examination to be re-marked.
  • Students may only apply at any of the Unisa offices, or via e-mail:  remark@unisa.ac.za.
  • The subject heading must have the student number.
  • NO applications must be directed to any academic staff.
  • Re-marking of exam papers will be done by an external examiner or moderator who was not in part of the original marking.
  • Re-marking results usually take about 2 months after the closing date.  The mark awarded AFTER re-marking will be the final result, no matter if the original mark might be higher.

When can I get a refund on my re-marking fees for my Unisa Exams?

  • When a student originally failed, but now PASSES because of re-marking
  • When a student originally failed, but now PASSES with a SUB-MINIMUM (if applicable) because of re-marking
  • When a student gets a DISTINCTION because of a re-mark
  • When a student gets admission to study for a following, higher qualification because of his/her marks that have improved enough as a result of re-marking

Written by: Tabitha Bailey

Last updates:  September 8, 2018