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 Ladok no later than 12 days before the date of examination. Students who don't register in time will not be able to take 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 departments.


If you have registered for an exam but are no longer able to carry it out, you must unregister 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.

Bring a valid photo ID

A valid photo ID is required in order to take an examination. A valid photo ID is, for example, a passport, driving license (regardless of which country) and an ID card issued by a national authority. The ID presented must be an original document, not a copy.

A residence permit, campus card or ID issued by banks or companies are not accepted IDs. Neither is any form of e-identification accepted. Mobile phones may not be brought into the examination hall.

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, organising a separate room for students who have severe allergies. The university has an examination centre at Klostergatan 3 for students with special needs.

Digital examination, or e-exam for short, means that you write your exam on a computer instead of on paper. Read about how digital examination works.

Students at Uppsala University

In extreme circumstances, it is possible for students at Uppsala University 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 whether it is possible.

Students at another university

If you are not a student at Uppsala University and want to take your exam here, you must find an exam place yourself that a department can book you into. In addition, the exam usually has to start at the same time as your own. Finding a place can be tricky. One tip is to start by checking with the department that offers the same subject as you are studying.

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 your department.

If you need to pray during an examination you may sit in your place and pray in silence and stillness. If your examination is taking place in one of the major examination halls, there is no possibility to offer separate rooms for prayer. If it is taking place at your department you can enquire about the possibility of arranging a time and space for you to pray during your examination.

Examination invigilators carefully monitor each exam. If they suspect a student of cheating the student is contacted and any unauthorised materials are reviewed. Read more about cheating.

Once an exam has been marked students can collect their papers through the department or faculty. It may be through the reception desk, the teacher or the Student Services. You will need your exam code to collect your exam.

If you have taken an e-exam, you can see your answers and any comments from the teacher by logging in to Inspera via exam.uu.se.

Examination halls

These major facilities for examination are the most frequently used in Uppsala (links lead to map):

Keep in mind...

  • 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
  • Remember your student account and password A when you write a digital exam in Inspera Assessment
  • Be on time – if you are more than 30 minutes late, you are not permitted to take the examination.