Forms of assessments



Written school examination

A written assessment arranged in an examination location under supervision, with a set time for distributing the examination paper as well as its submission deadline. The duration of the examination will be stated beforehand. Students hand in individual answers.

​A written school examination can be awarded with

  • Grades
    (grade scale A-F; poorest pass grade is E)

  • Pass / Failed
    (weighted 0%, but must be passed so that a grade can be given in the subject)

Practical information

Attempts at taking an examination

Normally, a candidate has 3 - three attempts at taking an examination.

For further information; please see Examination attempts, Re-sit examination and Fourth attempt at taking an examination.


Meeting for the examination

Candidates must be at the examination venues at least 15 minutes before the examination starts. Candidates who arrive after the examination has started, or who have been informed in writing to sit for the examination in another location, can be refused admittance.

Each candidate har responsibility for finding out which venue the examination i being held in. Please contact your study centre if you are unsure of where the examination is being held. 

Candidates for whom special arrangements are made in connection with the examination in accordance with the Regulations Section 5-6, must present written certification of this at the examination.

Candidates for whom special arrangements are made in connection with the examination must arrive 20 minutes before the examination commences and sit at the places appointed to them.

Proof of identity

In order to take an examination at BI Norwegian Business School, students must present photographic proof of identity when signing their name to the list of candidates.

Valid proof of identity includes student identification cards with photo, driver's licenses, passports or other documentation with photo approved of as public proof of identity. Identification card on a mobile phone etc. is not valid. 

Candidates without valid identification may be refused permission to sit the examination.

Rules relating to order at examinations 

Standard rules of order are in force during the examination. Candidates are expected to show consideration for their fellow students, among other things, by not being disruptive.

Further, candidates are required to follow the instructions of the invigilator and the academic and administrative coordinators during the examination. At the examination venues, information to all candidates will be read out loud before the examination starts.

Should there be any disruptions before, during or after the examination (e.g. excessive noise; suspicion of cheating; mistakes in the exam paper), candidates are requested to contact the administrative coordinator for the examination as soon as possible.

Temporary departure from the examination venues

No one must leave the examination venues before one - 1 - hour after the commencement of the examination.

Exception: In the case of 1-hour examinations, nobody is allowed to leave the venue until 30 minutes after the examination has started.

When a candidate wants to leave the examination venues temporarily, one of the invigilators must be notified. The candidate will remain seated until the invigilator allows him/her to move.

During breaks, no communication between candidates is permitted. No form of communication between candidates is permitted before they have submitted their exam papers and vacated the venue.


Withdrawal from an examination

Examinees who withdraw from the examination after the question paper has been handed out are not permitted to leave the examination venue until one hour has passed and the attendance list has been signed.

Exception: In the case of 1-hour examinations nobody is permitted to leave the venue until 30 minutes after the examination has started and the attendance list has been signed.

In such cases the candidate will be awarded the grade "Failed" (F), cf. Regulations relating to Admissions, Studies and Examinations Section 5-9 (6).


Examination support materials

Permitted examination support materials are specified in the course description and on the front page of the examination papers.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to assure that s/he does not have examination support materials that are not permitted. Candidates cannot borrow examination support materials from each other.

Possession of an active mobile telephone, pc and other communication tools or electronic media in the examination venues is not permitted. 

It is not permitted to keep a mobile phone at the examination desk or to take a mobile phone outside during a temporary departure from the examination venue. Telephones must be turned off. Telephones that have been set to silent mode will be considered to be active.

Mobile phones must be placed in a purse or bag and not be accessible at the examination desk, regardless of the presence of permitted examination support materials on the desk. Violation of this rule will be regarded as cheating.

Food, drink and writing materials are to be put on/under/around the examination desk. In other words, they should not be put in bags, purses, jackets, etc., unless it is an open-book examination in which all support materials are permitted.

Bags and purses are to be placed at a designated place at the invigilators  table. 

For further information, see support materials for written school examinations.

Examination question paper

The front page of the examination paper explains what the paper includes. 

It is the candidate's responsibility to check that this information matches the distributed examination paper.


Examination answer paper

  • Rough sheets and copy sheets

    Candidates must only use the rough sheets and copy sheets that are handed out on the day of the examination. Use of other sheets of paper will be considered to be an attempted cheating. It is not permitted to write on rough sheets and copy sheets until the question paper has been handed out.

    On the front page of the question paper candidates must fill in all requested details. This include: ID number; examination code; name of examination; place of examination; candidate's initials; date; page number; and total number of pages. On the following pages candidates need only fill in their ID number, the examination code, page number and date.

    It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that his/her ID number is correct and clearly written. The ID number always begins with a zero - 0 - and contains seven digits.

    Examination answers must be written with a ballpoint pen to ensure that enough pressure is applied to the copy-sheets. Pencils may not be used. Mistakes can only be corrected by crossing them out or writing over. Candidates must assure that all copies of their answers are readable. Rough copies are NOT accepted as answers.

  • Handing in examination papers
    Candidates are informed when there is one hour of the standard examination time remaining. Candidates are nonetheless encouraged to take a watch with them in order to use their time available effectively.

    Mobile telephone clocks cannot be used during the examination! Watches and clocks must not be a disturbing element for other examination candidates (i.e. beeping and noisy watches).

    When the examination is called to a close, all writing must stop. This includes the filling in of examination information (ID number, page numbers, etc.). Candidates will then collect their copy sheets and bind them with two binders. The original and first copy (the white and yellow sheets) must be handed in. Candidates can keep the second copy (blue sheets).

  • It is recommended that candidates keep their copies of the examination until the results are posted. This is useful if the candidate wishes to request justification of the grade. 

    Candidates who do not wish to complete the examination should contact an administrator or invigilator at the examination venues. Candidates who withdraw from an examination will receive a 'Fail'. For the regulations regarding illness that occurs during an examination, see Illness.

    When examination is finished, candidates must hand in their answer papers. Candidates are not permitted to communicate with each other at this point. Any form of communication between candidates who have not vacated the examination venue will be regarded as attempted cheating.


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Last Modified: 18/03/2018 21:33