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Here you will find information regarding examinations at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

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Here you will find practical information regarding written exams at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences:

Exam registrations

  • You register for exams at the Studentweb.
  • The deadlines for registering for your exams are 1 February (spring semester) and 1 September (autumn semester).
  • It is you own responsibility not to register for exams that are held on the same day.

 

Corona and Exams - FAQ

 

Exams in general

When do written exams start this semester?

  • Time is updated 14 days before examinations start
  • Please check StudentWeb and the course home page

 

Where are written exams held this semester?

  • Location is updated 14 days before examinations start
  • Please check StudentWeb and the course home page
  • Generally MAT/STAT/PHYS/PTEK/HTEK-courses have examinations in the exam locale in Solheimsviken
  • Other courses have written examinations from home
  • Some courses may differ from the general rule, please check 

 

How do I complete a written exam from home?

  • The same way as a digital exam would have been at our exam locales
  • Use your own computer, the exam is held through https://vurdering.uib.no/ 

 

How do I reach out to the professor regarding questions during the exam?

  • Written exams in the exam locale: Professors will visit during the exam
  • Written exams from home: Professors will be avaliable digitally
    • Either in Mitt UiB, by email or phone depending on the number of students
  • Professors will make announcements in Mitt UiB
  • Technical questions are directed to the Department

 

Why has my course made changes to examinations?

  • First and foremost, this is an academic decision to assure a good examination of students, and is evaluated by the faculty, department and our professors
  • We also aim to make sure students can complete courses they are enrolled to as UiB is under lockdown due to the spread of SARS-nCoV-19.

 

Am I required to use a camera for oral examinations arranged from home?

  • Yes, the grading committee has to verify that you are the candidate among other things

  • The requirement to have/use a camera is not mentioned directly in regulations, but falls under the general category to have equiment needed to partake in teaching and examinations

 

Are we given extra time to upload documents to home exams?

  • Yes, technical time is provided to make digital copies of your exam papers and upload them
  • The technical time is not provided to do further work on your exam papers
  • Courses with document uploads are given 30 minutes extra time to complete this

 

What are the allowed support materials on written exams from home?

  • Exams are an assessment of your own work!
  • Professors will take into account that you have access to written coursework, your own notes, calculator and internet
  • It is forbidden to collaborate or otherwise work toghether with other students during an exam
  • Please refrain from interrupting other students during examinations
  • UiB uses methods to reveal cheating and plagiarism

 

Can I still apply for special arrangements for examinations?

 

What if I encounter problems during my examination?

  • For issues related to the coursework, please contact your professor
  • For technical with Inspera Assessment, please contact the advisor at your department
  • For general IT issues, contact the IT department

 

Grading scale

Does «Pass» count as a C in admission to Masters/PhD?

  • “Pass” is not included in the calculated average grade when applying for admission in Norway.
  • Some foreign universities may calculate differently when applying for a PhD. If you have a specific university you plan to seek admission to, please check what rules applies

 

I have a passing letter grade from an earlier semester. What will be on my diploma/transcript?

  • Due to technical setups a “Pass” will take priority over any letter grade A-E
  • Contact the faculty if you have or in the future gain a passing letter grade and would like to prioritise it over “pass” on your diploma/transcript

 

My home university requires a letter grade instead of “Pass”

  • Information to exchange students has been sent by the departments
  • You can apply for a letter grade instead if the requirement is documented by your home university

 

Does attempts at exams spring/autumn 2020 count towards the three-attempt rule?

  • Yes

 

Is passing a course with “pass” harder than passing with a letter grade?

  • No, the requirements to pass are weighted equivalently when the course changes assessment form

 

Autumn 2020 - changes to examinations

A complete list of courses with changes to examinations will be posted early autumn semester

 

Which courses change its grading scale from A-F to «Pass/Fail»?

 


Which courses change its form of assessment?

 


Which courses have written examinations, now performed from home?

 

Examination overview

  • The information regarding exams is available at the Studentweb. Here you will find your candidate ID for each exam, time and date, and location. View the education plan, available via 'studies' in the menu, and push the 'show details'-button next to the exam registrations.
  • The time and date for your written exams are also published in the examination overview and locations. Choose your faculty and check the list. on this page you will also find suggestions regarding transport to the locations.
  • Read carefully the information regarding examinations at the University of Bergen and the instructions to the candidates.
  • Information on the various locations where UiB hold written exams is available here.
  • Some written exams at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are digital. Please make sure that you have the proper equipment and are otherwise prepared for digital examinations.
  • If the course you are attending has an oral exam or semester paper, you will find information about your exam on MittUiB.

Academic integrity

The fundamental values for academic activities at UiB are openness, verifiability, scientific integrity and critical discussion. Therefore, cheating or any attempt made at cheating during an exam or otherwise during your studies may have extensive impacts.

Please read carefully the instruction regarding use of sources and plagiarism at UiB. The adacemic way of conduct at The University of Bergen may differ from what you are used to at your home university. The University of Bergen has made a brochure about cheating and academic integrity which you can download here.

Exam results and appeals

The result of your exam will be announced on Studentweb three weeks after the exam date, holidays not included.

The highest grade achieved in a course during a study programme period is the valid grade on your diploma. Courses failed or without a valid grade are not presented on the diploma.

You may ask for an explanation of the grade within one week after the grade was announced. If you wish to appeal about the grade, you may do so within three weeks after the grade was announced, or three weeks after you received an explanation of grade. Please read more about explanation of the grade and appeal of exam at this page.

By using the Diploma Registry, you can collect your results from higher education in Norway and share them with potential employers, educational institutions and other relevant recipients. This service replaces transcripts of records from UiB. You can find more information on this page.

Withdrawing from an exam/New evaluation

The deadline for withdrawing from an exam is 14 days before the examination date. You can withdraw from an examination on Studentweb. Note that withdrawal during an exam counts as an attempt.

New evaluation

You may sign up for a new attempt at an exam, provided that you have not spent three attempts and that all mandatory work is valid. The validity of mandatory work varies in duration depending on the course, and is explained on the course home page.

All courses have ordinary examinations both semesters.

For courses with teaching both semesters:
Examinations are arranged at the end of the semester. Early exams are only arranged for students with valid reasons of absence and must be applied to sit. Contact your department before the semester starts.

For courses with teaching spring or fall:
Examinations are arranged at the end of the semester with teaching and at the beginning of the semester without teaching.

3-Time regulation/Fourth attempt

You can only sit for an exam in a course 3 times. If the registration is withdrawn at least 14 days before of the examination date, this will not count as an attempt.

Fourth attempt

According to the supplementary regulations for examinations at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences a student can only sit 3 times for an exam in a specific course. A fourth attempt may be granted under special circumstances. Guidelines are found in the application form.

Application deadline: 1 September for the autumn semester. 1 February for the spring semester.

Application form is found here

Exam in English?

 If you are attending courses not listed as taught in English, you need to apply in writing one (1) month before the exam if you want to sit that exam in English. The department decides whether the request is granted or not.

There is no application form, please write a letter with your name, student number, the name of the course and that you wish to take the exam in English. Please send the application to the department responsible for the exam/course.

Examination support materials/Dictionary

Examination support materials:

Permitted examination support materials is stated in the course description, and on the examination question paper.

If non-programmable calculators are permitted, these models are permitted:

Casio FX-82ES PLUS or Casio FX-82EX

For courses allowing all calculators, the following rules apply:

The calculator

- should not be able to send/receive information

- may not be plugged into any electrical outlets.

- must be noise free

It is not permitted to bring manuals, program descriptions, set programs or other extra equipment.

It is your responsibility to obtain a permitted calculator

Use or possession of not permitted examination support materials will be regarded as cheating.

Random checking of examination support materials during the exam may occur.

Dictionary

You can bring a dictionary to written exams.

The dictionary:
- must  be a general language dictionary (e.g. translation of words from German to English)
- must not be a technical dictionary, chemistry dictionary e.g.
- cannot be lexical (i.e. contain definitions or facts)
- must include translations to one of the following l languages: English or one of the Scandinavian languages
- must not be an electronic dictionary


Dictionaries are handed in at the Information Centre in Realfagbygget (Allégaten 41), minimum one week (5 working days) before the exam for validation. They are handed out at the exam(s).