Examinations

The exams are usually arranged during the last week of each study period in the afternoons from 14.00 to 17.00. Some exams might, however, take place also during the periods, normally on Fridays or Saturdays from 12.00 to 15.00. The University organises also one or two exam days during the summer, usually in June and July.

If you do not pass, want to improve your grade or do not want to take the first exam offered, two additional opportunities are provided to retake the exam later on. Please note that if you retake an exam in order to improve your grade, the better grade will show in your transcript of records. The transcript will not show the number of attempts in the examination.

Please note: Exchange students might have only one opportunity to take an exam, as the retake exam might be scheduled for the following semester (when the student might already have left Vaasa). Please check exam dates and study for the first exam (period exam) accordingly. Exchange students are also required to stay in Vaasa until they have completed the required exams for the semester or academic year.

The University tries to schedule retakes so that students have an opportunity to retake an exam at least once each semester. However, this is not always possible with courses that run very late in the semester. Some courses may be passed by taking mid-course exams instead or the exam may be included in the class hours and may replace the actual period exam. Some courses may be passed solely by attending enough lessons and lectures. Apart from an exam, course requirements may include, for example, a written assignment. The degree programmes also include courses that are based only on set literature which the student must study independently.

The requirements for completing a course are given in the description of each course. If you need more information on the exam of a certain course, please contact the teacher of the course in question.

Registration for an Exam

Students should register for exams by using an online student information system WebOodi. Students must register for an exam at least 5 days in advance (registrations can be made 45 days before the examination date at the earliest). Late registrations will not be accepted. You can not participate in the exam if you have not registered. Notice that your exam is not graded if you have not registered (the Education Council 17.11.2016).

You may cancel your registration for an exam in WebOodi three (3) days before the exam date at the latest. If you fail to cancel your registration and do not attend two consecutive exams of the same course or give up two consecutive exams, you should discuss possible need for additional studies or guidance with the reponsible teacher before taking the exam again.

If you want to write two examinations in the same day, please contact Student Services (tentit(at)univaasa.fi). Please also remember to register for both exams in WebOodi.

Registration for envelope exams is done at tentit(at)uva.fi : tell your name and student number, name of the exam, exam date (choose from the general examination days) and the name of the teacher, but first agree about the envelope exam with your teacher. Envelope exams can be taken on all regular examination days of the university. The general examination days are visible here. Students will receive their examination questions in the envelope and, after answering the questions, should return the answers to the invigilators in the envelope.

For any special arrangements in exams, please contact tentit(at)uva.fi well before the exam day. For more information about the accessibility in studies visit the webpages Accessible study.

Exam Instructions

A list of exam rooms is available by the information desk of Tervahovi building on the exam day.

Practical Information when participating in an exam:

  • Do NOT speak in the exam.
  • Be on time. The doors of the examination venue will be locked 15 minutes past the hour and no one is allowed to enter after that.
  • The invigilator of the exam will allocate a seat for each student. When taking seats in the auditorium, leave one empty seat on your both sides (sometimes two, please follow the invigilators’ instructions).
  • You are allowed to have only writing equipment and the instruments specifically allowed for the exam with you (for example dictionary or pocket calculator – teacher will inform the invigilators about the allowed items). Bags and jackets have to be left on the side of the exam hall. Mobile phones must be switched off during the exam.
  • Any kind of communication with other students is strictly forbidden after you have received the questions. Ignoring this regulation may result in an allegation of cheating in examination.
  • You are not allowed to read the exam questions until the supervisor gives you permission to do so. Thus keep your paper turned upside-down before you get a permission to start the exam from the invigilator. If necessary, the supervisor will clarify unclear points in the examination paper. You can attract the attention of the supervisor by raising your hand if you need to clarify something, more paper is required, you wish to go to toilet, etc.
  • You are allowed to enter the exam hall max. 15 minutes after the exam has started.
  • You are not allowed to leave the exam hall during the first 45 minutes from the beginning of the exam.
  • You are not allowed to leave the exam hall for a cigarette etc. and come back to write your exam.
  • Before leaving, everyone has to hand in the exam paper and answer papers to the invigilators. Please check that each exam paper you submit has your name, your student number, name of the exam, and name of the examiner. You have to show your identity card when returning the exam papers to the invigilator.
  • If it is found out that a student is cheating in an exam, he/she will receive punishment which can lead to a termination of studies at the University of Vaasa.
  • Please notice that all exam rooms have video recording.

NB! Plagiarism and cheating in exams is considered serious offence at Finnish universities. Plagiarism or cheating in examination may lead to disqualification of the course result and dismissal from the University for a maximum of one year. The University of Vaasa will inform the immigration officials and police about possible offences if the officials ask for this information when processing e.g. residence permit applications. In addition, if possible employers ask for information about former students of the university, abovementioned offences will be informed to the employers.

In case of exchange students, the International Office of the University of Vaasa will terminate the student’s exchange period immediately and inform her/his home university about the incident.

Please avoid even any suspicion of plagiarism or cheating in examination.