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This page provides information and instructions on exam practices.

This page is for everyone who pursue studies at the University of Tampere.

On this page:

General information

  • As a student in University of Tampere you can take both electronic and traditional ("pen and paper") exams.
  • You can take an electronic exam any time you wish.
  • On general exam days you can take traditional exams.
  • Please see examination information for all the courses in the Teaching Schedules.

Registration on exams

You can find the instructions for enrolling exams from the pages exam enrolment in NettiOpsu and electronic exam service.

Separate registration is not always necessary for teaching-related exams. More information will be provided during the teaching session.

Cancelling a registration

Remember to cancel your registration if your plans to sit the exam change! Generally there are two tries in both electronic and traditional exams and if you don’t show up to the exam that still counts for one try. If you enrol twice on the general exam of the same course and don't show up, before registering for a third time, you must contact the teacher responsible for assessing the exam. The same situation is with electronic exams if you discontinue the exam for the same course twice.

Taking exams

 All practical instructions for electronic exams can be found via the side menu on the electronic exams instruction pages.

Instructions for general exam days

Before the beginning of the exam

Check the up-to-date time and place listing on the page examination dates on teaching schedules.

Wait outside the designated lecture hall before the exam. The invigilator (who may not be the teacher of your course or the person reviewing the exams) will arrive outside the lecture hall and invite all students in by name. Upon hearing your name, retrieve the exam papers or envelope from the monitor and enter the hall. Sheets for writing your answers are available at the end of each row of seats. Take as many sheets as you think you will need.

Find a seat in the lecture hall. Do not sit next to another student if there is room in the hall – leave an empty seat between you. Leave your bag and coat on the floor at the end of the row of seats, and only take the things you will need to complete the exam (e.g. pencil and eraser). You can also take a bottle of water if you want. Do not bring any valuables to the exam.

Do not open the exam envelope or read your questions before the invigilator gives permission to do so.

Completing and returning an exam

Do not talk during the exam or leave the hall without permission. If you need help or have questions, the invigilators can assist you.

Follow the instructions given by the invigilators during the exam. The practices observed in the exam hall may vary depending on the place and number of examinees.
You have four hours to complete the exam. The exact end time will be provided at the beginning of the exam. You cannot leave the exam earlier than 20 minutes after its commencement. An exam cannot be entered after the first examinee has left.

When you are ready, return your answers and exam papers to the invigilator. The exam paper must be returned even if you have not answered a single question. Upon returning your answers, you must prove your identity with a student card, for example. Remember to write your name and student number on all answer sheets!

The invigilator can immediately expel students who cause a disturbance during the exam or commit academic fraud. The relevant study attainment will also be disqualified if a fraud is observed after the exam. The teacher is obliged to report disturbances and instances of academic fraud to the dean of the faculty in writing (Regulations on the Assessment of Studies, Chapter 7, Section 23 and 26).

Fire alarms are rare, but in the event that one does occur, you must observe the invigilators’ instructions.

Preparation for exams

Reading academic literature and being tested on it forms a key part of studying. Reading develops your thinking, brings about new ideas, and helps you gain knowledge. Reading literature in your area of study helps you to prepare for completing written work and helps you to learn academic language and how to use it. For one exam you will generally have to read a number of books, and therefore when sitting an exam you should focus on understanding the overall concepts. The majority of exam books are written in English.   

Reading guidelines

  • Create a reading plan (daily reading goals)
  • Form a general overview of the book: analyse the structure
  • Take notes about the book
  • Don’t learn by heart, instead focus on understanding the content and looking for the red thread in each book
  • You do not need to understand every word of books in English (or other foreign languages). Focus on understanding the whole. However, for the most important concepts it is a good idea to find a Finnish-language equivalent.

Taking exams refers to a student reading the exam books and answering the questions the examiner has set for them in a supervised situation. Your responses must show that you have read the books and are able to apply what you have learnt. In other words, you must have understood the book’s key ideas and be able to write structured exam answers based on these.

In general, exam answers should be in essay form. However, in reality, answers rarely contain the structural elements of an essay, and this is not always appropriate in exams either. Essay format refers to short but complete answers written in full sentences, which answer the question given by combining things learnt from the literature with your own thoughts.

A good exam answer forms a clear, well-structured whole, written in good, standard language, answering the question.

(This section on preparing for exams is taken from exam guidelines for the Faculty of Social Science’s Degree Programme in Social Sciences).

Exam results

Exam results are entered into the registers in the faculties, after which the results will appear the next day on the Student’s Desktop or NettiRekka. More information about the publication of results is available in the Regulations on the Assessment of Studies. Here, you can find more detailed information about matters such as when results should be published, how long they will be available for, and how they will be published.

You can find out the results of electronic exams in advance by email, prior to the results being entered into the register. Despite the details of the results of electronic exams being sent by email, the results will not necessarily be available immediately on the Student’s Desktop, as the results have to be saved into the register separately within the faculty.

Failed exams can be retaken by reregistering and sitting the next available exam. More information about retaking exams is available in the Regulations on the Assessment of Studies.

Feedback on how you have done can be requested from the teacher.

Exam papers and questions must be retained for six months after the exam. Assessment lists must be retained for 10 years.

Special arrangements for exams

Those requiring special arrangements must agree on these with the teacher prior to the exam, and mention this when registering. Faculties’ special arrangement practices vary, so make sure to check with your faculty prior to starting courses. If necessary, general academic counselling and guidance staff (Main Building A 119) can provide a student with a special arrangements proposal, to assist both student and teacher in agreeing upon practical special arrangements.