Most courses include examinations. Learn more about different forms of examinations and what applies to things like grading, resits and further examination sessions.

Questions about your exam?

If you have questions about your examination, you should contact the course's responsible teacher or course coordinator. Scroll down the page to also read any information from your faculty or department.

Different forms of examinations

An examination assess your knowledge through an assignment or exam. This can occur on multiple occasions during a course and/or at the end of a course. A specially appointed teacher (examiner) grades your performance according to the course syllabus criteria, which also specifies the form of examination that applies. Your teacher will provide instructions about your examinations, these should be available at least two weeks before the start of the course.

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Adapted exams

If you have a documented disability and have been granted study support, the study support coordinator can recommend adaptations for your exams based on your needs. You should report the need for an adapted examination to your department no later than four weeks before the examination date.

Examples of adaptations include an adapted method of assessment (such as being examined individually instead of in a group or being examined orally instead of in writing) or adaptations to written exams in the University's common exam halls ( an extension of the writing or sitting in a smaller group).

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Assessment and grades

Grades are decided by a specially appointed teacher, an examiner, for part of the course and/or for the entire course. To pass a course, all of the course's intended learning outcomes must have been achieved.

Results from examinations should be available to you no later than 15 working days after the examination date. Your department will inform you about how the results are made available. You can view your grade in Ladok for students no later than five working days after you have been notified of your result.

You cannot withdraw a result submitted from the examination to avoid being graded. A grading decision cannot be appealed, but you can ask the examiner to reconsider their decision.


The course syllabus should specify whether supplementation of an examined student performance is permitted. A supplementation should be based on the same information as the original examination. If you don't submit the supplementation within the specified time, you will fail the examination task.

Resit and further examination sessions

In addition to the ordinary examination session, further sessions are to be provided, at the earliest 10 working days after the result of the ordinary examination has been notified and no later than two months after the ordinary examination. For examinations in May and June, the first retake may be offered within three months.

You have the right to retake an examination on a course if you do not get a passing grade. If there is a limit on the number of examination sessions for your particular course, it will be stated in the course syllabus. If you were unable to attend a compulsory element, you should be given the opportunity to participate in a future scheduled element or an alternative assignment.

Rules for examinations

The University of Gothenburg has rules and regulations for first- and second-cycle examinations which encompass general rules, rules for certain examination formats and administrative rules. They serve to provide a clear framework for how examinations at the University of Gothenburg should be conducted, ensuring that examinations are legally secure and equal.

As a student, it is your responsibility to be aware of and follow the rules. You can find information about what applies in various examination situations on the Student Portal. Additionally, we strongly recommend downloading and reading the rules, which are available on the Laws and regulations page.

Suspected cheating will be reported

A suspected case to deceive during examinations (cheating) must be reported. In such a case, the University's administrative procedure for reports relating to suspicions of disciplinary offences will be followed.

Cheating and plagiarism