Examinations

General rules and regulations on study attainments, ways of completing studies, the evaluation of study attainments and reporting the results are set out in the

University of Eastern Finland degree regulations (pdf).

Course-specific examinations

The students pre-register for each exam in WebOodi during the course-specific exam registration period.  The students should always attend the first possible exam. There are no examination periods at UEF. Examinations are scheduled throughout the academic year, not just at the end of each semester. An examination is usually held at the end of a course.

Departments that are located on two campuses organise exams in both locations. A department that is only located on one campus is not obliged to organise exams on other campuses. However, “internal remote exams” are possible if the student personally finds out when and where an exam is organised on another campus and agrees with the relevant parties on taking that exam there (exams are listed in WebOodi: Courses/Teaching > Guides > select a study guide and go to the ‘Exams’ tab). The faculty’s local services are responsible for the coordination of internal remote exams. The contact details of faculties’ local services are provided on each faculty’s web pages.

Some teachers offer the possibility to take eExaminations. Electronic exam enables the students to take course exams, literature exams and maturity exams electronically in supervised facilities.

For more information, see: Electronic examination: instructions for students

Sitting an examination

The exams always begin precisely on the announced hour, not quarter past like most lectures. Please note that you should try and be early since the supervisors will start calling people into the exam room usually 15 minutes before the announced time. The students are allowed the come 30 minutes late but no students will be let in after 30 minutes. However, even if you arrive late, you will have to finish the exam by the same time as the others. The students are allowed to leave the exam room 30 minutes after the beginning of the exam at the earliest.

Remember to bring your student number and ID (e.g. student card) with you when entering an exam. Students can only bring their personal writing tools to the examination (unless otherwise instructed). Note that you cannot take any materials out of the exam room after finishing the exam (unless otherwise instructed).

Most examinations require essay-type answers and have a specified time limit. Please contact the teacher(s) of the courses in case you need more information on the exam. Make sure you know the requirements for the course at the beginning of the course.

Publishing the results

” Publication of exam results The results of an exam shall be published no later than three (3) weeks after the exam, in the university’s electronic student and study register. The Dean or the director of the independent institute or service centre or the Director of Student and Learning Services may extend this deadline in special cases. However, the results of an exam shall be published no later than one month after the exam date. Students shall be notified of any deviations from the deadline within three (3) weeks of the exam.

Both passed and failed study attainments are recorded in the electronic study register. The following information shall be posted on bulletin boards: the distribution of grades, the number of failed exams and information on when and where students have the opportunity to review the assessment of their exams.

”... These deadlines do not apply to times when teaching is not organised in accordance with the Rector’s decisions, or to the period from 15 June to 15 August.

Re-sitting examinations

The exams are scheduled by the teacher(s) of the course. It is possible to resit examinations if a student has failed the previous exam or if a student wishes to improve the grade. At least two examination dates should be available for each course but these dates are not necessarily during the same semester. The first examination is usually scheduled one to two weeks after the end of the course. The exchange students especially are advised to participate in the earliest possible exam so that they can have a possibility for resitting the exam before they finish their exchange period at UEF.

Although there is no exact limitation to how many times a student may resit an examination for the same course, participants should keep in mind that each new examination requires additional effort not only from the participant, but also from the course supervisor. It is left to the discretion of the supervisor to grade and to set the requirements for satisfactory completion of each version of the examination. Examinations given after the mandatory two scheduled dates may require greater effort to obtain the minimum score for satisfactory completion of the course. This increased effort is often applied to account for the additional time allowed for preparation. After receiving a satisfactory score, it is possible to retake an examination in an attempt to improve the grade for a course. The level of English writing skills may affect the participant’s final mark for a course assessed by examination or other written work. Questions about the examination policy of a specific course should be directed to the contact person or instructor of the course.

General examinations

Every faculty or department has at least one general examination day (yleinen tenttipäivä) per month, except in July. The curriculum (degree requirements, study programmes) specifies the dates and durations of general examinations as well as the studies that can be taken in each general examination. Students must register for a general examination in WebOodi 10 days before the examination date unless the published guidelines state otherwise. The contact persons at the departments can provide more information on the general examination days and procedures.  If the student has to resit an exam, there may be a possibility to do that during the general examination day.

The exam dates of each faculty can be found in WebOodi.