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This article concerns all degree students regardless of whether they are studying in the new degree programmes or according to the old degree structures. 

In a General Examination/Faculty Exam you can for instance retake course exams or do literature examinations that are not related to teaching. The dates and times of the examinations and information about which courses are available on each date can be found in the instructions or course catalogues of your degree program, and/or in WebOodi.

Registering for a General Examination

You always need to register for the General examinations in WebOodi. The registration closes 10 days before the examination date. You can register for a maximum of two courses on one examination session. Registration for summer exams closes 31.5. at the latest. Exact due dates for registration are stated in WebOodi.

When you register for the exam, please remember to give all the required additional information. This can for instance include the exam literature or the language of the exam.

You can cancel your registration in WebOodi while the registration is still open.

If you need special arrangements, inform the Student services about it by sending an email to specialneeds@helsinki.fi at least 10 days before the exam. For more information about special arrangements see the separate instructions or contact your accessibility liaison.

Arriving at the General Examination

Please arrive in the General Examination in time. Especially in larger examinations, the invigilators start dealing out the questions before the announced beginning time, so that the exam can begin on time. No late arrivals are taken to the exam after 30 minutes has passed from the announced time of beginning.

Leave your jackets and other things to the sides of the exam hall. Remember to switch off your mobile phone. In some buildings there are lockers in the corridors for students to use where you can leave your belongings.

You can only take your writing equipment (not in a pencil case), ID, a small amount of snacks and necessary medications to your seat. If you are allowed to use a calculator or other tools and/or materials in the exam, you will receive separate instructions.

Taking a smartwatch, mobile phone or other devices to your seat is forbidden. If a student has any forbidden equipment or materials at their disposal, their exam can be disqualified.

During the examination

You can only start to do the exam when the invigilator says so.

Follow all instructions given by the invigilator during the examination.

Remember to write your name and student number, or other instructed individualising information on every paper. It is good also to write the date and the course you are taking in the papers.

You can leave the exam for a brief moment escorted by an invigilator to use the bathroom or due to some other compelling need.

The allowed time to take a specific exam can be shorter than the duration of the General Examination session. Follow the time limit given in the question paper. You can leave the examination after a half an hour has passed from the announced beginning time at the soonest.

After the exam, turn in all answer sheets to the invigilators, even if you would not have answered all the questions. Also turn in any possible drafting papers.

Prove your identity by presenting a valid ID with a picture to the invigilator. Accepted forms of ID include a Student card, Driver’s license, an official identification card or a passport. If you have an electronic student card, you can collect your mobile phone according to the instructions given by the invigilator after you have finished the exam.

Grading and results

The examiner grades the exams, and the results are posted within a month of the exam date on the course page or other place announced by the teacher. During summer holidays the grading time can be longer.

The grading is done following the course plan. The most common grading scales are from 0 to 5 or passed/not passed. If you do not show up for an exam you have registered to take, you will be marked as “No Show” in your transcript.

Cheating, causing disturbance, and other special situations

Cheating and plagiarism are forbidden at any stage of your studies. Cheating in an examination can be for instance using a smart device, using materials without permission or other dishonest activity. Cheating in an exam leads to disqualification.

Causing disturbance during the examination session, or any other inappropriate behaviour is forbidden. The student causing disturbance can be ceased to continue the exam if necessary. Please make sure that your mobile phone, your consumption of snacks, or other activities do not cause disturbance for others participating in the session.

If the session is interrupted due to a fire alarm or other similar disturbance, follow the instructions given by the invigilators. If the length of the disturbance is significant, the session’s length will be extended by the invigilators if possible.

If you have any problems, do not hesitate to ask help from the invigilators.