YES – 90.1% (756 votes)
NO – 9.9% (83 votes)
The main point here is that if SWOTVAC was to be lengthened, exams would be condensed over a shorter time period, increasing the likelihood of Saturday exams.
Here’s what students said.
Saturday exams are better than less time to study
Very simple. A lot of students said that while they’d prefer to not come in on a Saturday, they’d be okay with it if it meant a longer SWOTVAC period.
“Saturday exams = bad. Not having time to study for exam = worse.”
“Saturday exams aren’t the best … But so are exams in general so if it means more study time, why not?”
Public transport on weekends
Many students pointed out that getting to uni can be a lot harder on weekends with less frequent public transport services.
“Public transport doesn’t run as often on weekends so that does make Saturday exams difficult especially for students who rely on public transport to get to uni.”
“Honestly wouldn’t mind getting an Uber or a share ride to uni for one day if it means I get more time to study”
“Saturday exams as long as students are taken seriously if they have transport issues on a Saturday.”
In this 2015 UQ Union survey, a question on Saturday exams found that 90.4% didn’t mind them after a five-day SWOTVAC, with 9.6% voting for a three-day period and no Saturday exams. These numbers are almost identical to the results of Mr Batten’s poll.
It’s also worth mentioning that public transport may not be the only issue with Saturday exams.
“I’m a no. I’m a solo parent and there’s no care available on weekends to attend exams.”