An examination, or exam, is an oral or written test that you take during or at the end of a course to demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired in the subject. If you fail to pass an exam you are able to try again at a later date by sitting a retake exam.
Registration for an examination and retake examination
In order to sit an exam you must register through the Student Portal no later than 12 days before the date of examination. Students who don't register in time will not be able to sit the exam. The administration of all formal written examinations is conducted by anonymous methods. This is just one of the ways the university ensures that all students are treated equally and fairly. When registering, you will receive a code that you use instead of your name or civic registration number.
Please note, the registration procedures can differ between the departments.
If you have registered for an exam but are no longer able to carry it out, you must unregister through the Student Portal no later than 12 days before the exam. It is important that students do this so the university can ensure the right number of examination invigilators, chairs, tables and other materials are available.
Do you have special examination needs?
Arrangements can be made for students who have special needs during an exam. This can include providing longer examination times, conducting oral instead of written exams, and even organising a separate room for students to sit the exam who have severe allergies. The administration of an examination is carried out by the relevant department. If you have special examination needs, you will need to submit an application to your department before each test.
In extreme circumstances, it is possible for students to sit an exam at an external location or abroad. However, written exams can only take place at another university. It is up to the examiner to decide if it is possible.
To take an exam for an old course
If you wish to take an exam for a course that has been discontinued, or if you no longer have an active student account, please contact the relevant department.
Students from other universities
If you are a student at another university and are required to sit an exam, you may be able to take it at Uppsala University. Please contact the Uppsala University department that provides courses in the same or a related discipline. If the department is able to administrate the exam, they will help you to book a location and examination invigilator.
Examination invigilators carefully monitor each exam. If they suspect a student of cheating the student is contacted and any unauthorised materials are reviewed. Uppsala University has clear routines for dealing with suspected deceptive conduct in examinations.
Collection of examinations
Once an exam has been marked students can collect their papers through the department. It may be through the reception desk, their teacher or the department's Student Services. Students will need their exam code to collect them. The exam results will be published on the Student Portal.
The grading systems vary between different faculties and may also be different between different courses within a programme. Read more about the grading systems.
The Guidelines for the Conduct of Written Examinations at Uppsala University set out the rights and duties of the university and candidates with regard to the conduct of written examinations.
These major facilities for examination are the most frequently used in Uppsala:
- Bergsbrunnagatan 15: hall 1 and 2
- Blåsenhus, Campus1477, von Kraemers allé 5
- Biomedicinskt centrum (BMC): A3:2, B:10, B1:3
- Ekonomikum: A 153, B 154, auditorium 4
- Fyrishov, Multihallarna, Idrottsgatan 2
- Fyrislundsgatan 80: hall 1 and 2
- Klostergatan 3
- Magistern, Kunskapsskolan, the auditorium, Dah Hammarskjölds väg 31
- Polacksbacken: Skrivsalen, house 5
KEEP IN MIND THAT ...
- You must register for all examinations.
- You can only take the exam courses you are registered for.
- You must show valid identification to the invigilator.
- Permitted aids at the examination is determined by the course coordinator.
- Bring food/drink.
- Do not forget to bring your anonymous code.