I’m not sure why, but many people seem to think that you could download Unisa past papers from WikiStudent, and they are looking for them / asking for them on this blog.
There never were past papers for download. Some students did upload exam papers, but I always checked their contents first and never allowed them to go live.
Why not? There once was a similar website for Unisa students, which had past exam papers for download, and when Unisa discovered it in 2003 they made the site owner take it down.
Instead of uploading the screenshot I saved of this website, which will be hard to read, here is a transcript of the site’s notice after being forced to close down:
We are down but not out. Unisa has threatened legal action against myself if the site launches again without their permission. Again, they have sole copyright on the past papers so the decision rests with them. The error made was that the positive feedback received was from academics, and I have thus been informed that it is the management of UNISA and not the academics who make the decision. A pity seeing as UNISA is in the job of educating. I am however not on a crusade to correct everything at UNISA. My sole and single aim is to help students in their studies.
I am trying to reach the relevant people to discuss this matter further, but with little success. I firmly believe that if the issue gets discussed with people worried about education and not lawyers, that this issue can be resolved. This web site has the possibility to help thousands of students around the world in their studies. Surely this is a good thing? The site is a non-profit site asking for no money from the students, surely this is a good thing?
… etc …
I’ve been very careful not to do anything wrong after seeing what happened to that poor guy 6 years ago. But I do not share his views above. At All.
What the WikiStudent wiki will have though is a past paper heading on each module page where you can write, in your own words, what a particular exam was like. You can say things like “In 2009, the first question was a 20-mark essay on topic X” or “It was all multiple choice (4 options each) and everyone finished writing early” or “Many questions came from the assignments, e.g. that diagram we had to draw on X”. Stuff like that.
I think this is better because personal opinions will find their way in, so not only will you know what was asked, but you’ll also see how easy or difficult students found the paper.