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On the day of the exam

How does the exam take place? When do I have to present myself for the examination, and what can and should I bring? Read also about the answer paper and withdrawal from the exam. The information on this page applies to school exams.

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During the exam, you are obliged to abide by the instructions given by the head invigilator in the exam location.

1. Meet-up time

The examination hall opens 30 minutes ahead of examination start time. Please arrive for examination well in advance and no later than 15 minutes ahead of examination start time. The time and place of the examination can be found in the exam schedule.

Law courses where support materials are allowed: no later than 50 minutes before the exam starts. The examination starts when the inspection of support materials begins.

2. Make yourself ready

Find a desk and get ready:

  • Lay out the items you are going to use during the examination. Place items you will not be using – including coats, jackets, backpacks, bags and the like – at the specified place. Mobile phones, MP3 players, smart watches and other electronic devices that will not be used during the examination must be turned off or put on airplane mode and put away. Devices like these cannot be kept in pockets or on the desk. 
  • A student identity card or other valid ID (with photo) must be visible on your desk during the entire exam.
  • You may keep food and beverages on or by the desk during the entire exam. You may eat and drink whenever you want, but make sure you do not disturb other students sitting around you.

If support material other than that which is specifically permitted is found, it will be confiscated and the case will, if applicable, be handled as cheating or attempted cheating.  

Additional Information when you take digital exams

At the digital exam, your computer must be set up for the exam as soon as possible and before any inspection of support materials.

  • It is important to close/exit all programs that are running on your computer to ensure that it works as best as possible during the exam.
  • Connect to the wireless network that will be used during the exam. Eduroam is used in most exam locations (How to connect to Eduroam). Where necessary, you will be given information about the network in the venue.
  • Start a browser (not Safe Exam Browser) and go to vurdering.uib.no. Select "Log on with Feide" and log on with your ordinary UiB username and password.
  • Find your exam and follow the onscreen instructions to open the exam in the secure browser. You will be asked for your password (PIN code); this will be provided to you by the invigilator just before the exam begins.
  • When the exam starts you will be given access to the exam questions, and may start writing your answers.

3. During the exam

You must sign in your attendance at the exam. An invigilator will come around with the attendance list for your signature and check your ID during the first hour of the exam period. 

Keeping the exam location quiet
The exam location must be kept quiet until all students finish their exam. Remember that exams of various lengths may be taking place in the same venue. Students who are granted special arrangements in the form of extended time to take the exam, or who have been granted extra time due to technical problems during the examination, are also entitled to peace and quiet the entire time allotted for the exam. Show consideration for your fellow students.

Breaks and leaving the exam location
You are not permitted to take a break away from your seat until 30 minutes after the exam has started. You cannot leave the exam location, either after withdrawing from the exam or submitting your answer paper, until one hour has passed after the exam has started. You must hide or cover your answers and any drafts when you leave your seat. 

Questions about the exam
You may contact the examiner with academic responsibility if something is unclear in the examination question paper. Such contact is facilitated by the head invigilator in the exam location.
Law subjects: You can contact the student representative in the venue if something is unclear in the examination question paper. 

Technical issues during digital exams
In case of technical problems during a digital exam, contact an invigilator immediately. Failure to contact an invigilator when you experience technical difficulties may be treated as cheating or attempted cheating.

Interruption of examination

It is highly unlikely that an exam will be cancelled, but if it were to happen, it is important to have clear guidelines.

If something happens that causes the exam to be interrupted for more than one hour, the exam will be cancelled and it will be arranged again as soon as possible. The head invigilator will then inform you.

4. Answer paper

  • You must only use the paper handed out in the exam location, including any paper for drafting answers. Other paper such as small notebooks are not permitted. Use your own writing tools, blue or black ballpoint pens, to write your answers.
  • You may work on your answer paper until the time allotted for the exam expires. After the exam time has expired, you have 15 minutes to arrange and sort your papers before handing them in.
  • You must register the submission of your answer paper with the head invigilator before you leave the exam location.

Digital examinations

  • With digital exams, the answer paper must be written in the digital exam system.
  • With digital exams, you are personally responsible for submitting your answers electronically. When the exam time has expired, your answer is automatically locked for editing and you will be directed to the submission page. You must still register your submission with the head invigilator before you leave the exam location; failure to do so may be treated as cheating or attempted cheating.
  • On some exams it will be possible to attach hand-drawn sketches/illustrations or handwritten text to the digital answer paper. An exam question code will then be available under each of the questions in the exam set. Ask the invigilator for drawing paper. The exam question code is unique for each question per student, so be sure to mark the sheet you have written or drawn on with the exam question code for the question you have answered on the sheet. Shade the exam question code in the boxes under each digit in the question code. Also fill out other requested information at the top of the page. Your candidate number can be found in the exam system. Note that you must only use a blue or black pen on the hand-drawing sheets.
  • When you have finished your exam, the sheets are to be submitted together, in the order they will be added to your answer paper, to the head invigilator in the venue. The sheets are normally scanned the day after the exam and are uploaded in the answer paper to the exam question to which they belong. See examples of blank and filled-out sketch sheets.
  • As a main rule, your answer paper is accessible in the exam system after the exam under the 'Archive' tab. Any free-hand drawings will also be accessible here.

Non-digital examinations

  • Answers must be written with a black or blue ballpoint pen. Gel pens, roller pens, pencils or any other writing instruments that do not produce a copy are not permitted. You are personally responsible for the legibility of the copy.
  • The course code, candidate number, page number and date must be entered on every sheet of paper. Page 1 must also include the total number of sheets submitted. You should number your pages as you go along. The white and the yellow papers are to be sorted into two stacks and each stack is bound with two tags. You retain the last copy. You can hand in your drafts by attaching them to the white answer paper. Remember to include the same information on the draft as on the other pages. Your candidate number is different per exam, and you can find it on Studentweb before the exam or get it from the invigilator in the exam location when you sign the attendance list.

5. Withdrawing from an exam

Withdrawing during the exam
You can withdraw from an examination, at the earliest, one hour after the examination has started. Contact the head invigilator and complete a withdrawal form. During digital exams, you must contact the invigilator before you stop the exam in the exam system. Withdrawals during an examination will be treated as an examination attempt.

Illness during the exam
You can also withdraw from the exam should you fall ill during the examination and are unable to complete it. Contact the head invigilator and complete a withdrawal form. In order for an absence caused by illness to be registered as a legitimate absence, you must see a doctor immediately after leaving the exam location. The doctor's note must be issued on the day of the examination and identify the illness that arose during the examination. 

See the faculty's own pages for information on where and how to submit the doctor’s note.