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Subject Examination

Stu­dents have to sign up for writ­ten sub­ject ex­am­in­a­tions (Fachprüfun­gen, FP) on­line via LPIS (in­clud­ing ex­am­in­a­tions by a panel of ex­am­iners). Stu­dents who do not take the oral part of the exam im­me­di­ately after the writ­ten part (i.e. at the first avail­able date after the writ­ten exam) are re­quired to sign up sep­ar­ately for the oral part by send­ing an email to the Ex­am­in­a­tions Of­fice.

The dead­line for sign­ing up is the day (at 11:59pm) one week be­fore the sched­uled date of the re­spect­ive sub­ject ex­am­in­a­tion. This dead­line also ap­plies if the stu­dent only takes the oral part of the exam.

Exam In­form­a­tion

Ex­am­in­a­tions with Writ­ten and Oral Com­pon­ents

If an ex­am­in­a­tion con­sists of both a writ­ten and an oral com­pon­ent, the two com­pon­ents may not take place more than four weeks apart, i.e. the ex­am­iner is ob­lig­ated to of­fer a date for the oral part of the exam within this period. If a stu­dent does not take the oral part of the exam on the first possible date offered, the grade re­ceived on the writ­ten part of the exam re­mains valid nev­er­the­less.

Re­peat­ing a Sub­ject Ex­am­in­a­tion

As a gen­eral rule, if a sub­ject ex­am­in­a­tion con­sists of a writ­ten and an oral sec­tion, suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the writ­ten part is the pre­requis­ite for ad­mis­sion to the oral part. As soon as a stu­dent has taken the oral sec­tion of the sub­ject exam (suc­cess­fully or un­suc­cess­fully), the pre­vi­ously com­pleted writ­ten sec­tion may no longer be re­peated on its own. A pos­it­ively graded exam may be re­peated once within a period of 12 months from the date when it was taken. The last exam taken be­fore com­plet­ing a de­gree pro­gram may not be re­peated. Once an exam has been re­peated, the pre­vi­ously earned passing grade be­comes void. This means that a stu­dent can also lower his or her grade by re­peat­ing an exam.

Ex­am­in­a­tions by a Panel

In the main pro­gram phase, the third and fourth re­peat ex­am­in­a­tion at­tempts (i.e. at­tempts num­ber four and five over­all) are al­ways held in the form of an ex­am­in­a­tion by a panel of ex­am­iners. At the stu­dent’s re­quest, the third over­all ex­am­in­a­tion at­tempt can also be held as an ex­am­in­a­tion by a panel. The ex­am­in­a­tion panel usu­ally con­sists of three fac­ulty mem­bers. Ap­plic­a­tions for an ex­am­in­a­tion by a panel (this ap­plies only to third ex­am­in­a­tion at­tempts) have to be sub­mit­ted by email to the Ex­am­in­a­tions Of­fice. Ex­am­in­a­tions by a panel are held in ex­actly the same way as reg­u­lar exams, and the sign-up pro­ced­ures are identical, as well. The only dif­fer­ence is that the exam is evalu­ated by a panel of ex­am­iners. 

Grad­ing Period

Exams and courses must be graded within four weeks of the exam date or the end of the course.

View­ing Exam Pa­pers

Stu­dents can view their exam pa­pers within six months of an­nounce­ment of the grades. They can pho­to­copy the pa­pers, but are not al­lowed to take the ori­gin­als with them.

Stu­dents’ Legal Rights with Regard to Ex­am­in­a­tions

In prin­ciple, it is not possible to file an ap­peal against grades re­ceived for com­pleted ex­am­in­a­tions. If any sub­stan­tial short­com­ings oc­cur dur­ing an ex­am­in­a­tion, however (e.g. a fire alarm or a sim­ilar in­cid­ent), stu­dents with a fail­ing grade may sub­mit an ap­plic­a­tion for an­nul­ment of the ex­am­in­a­tion within two weeks of an­nounce­ment of the grades. This ap­plic­a­tion must be sub­mit­ted to the Study Reg­u­la­tions & Credit Trans­fer of­fice (Study Ser­vice Center, LC build­ing, level 2, coun­ter 3) within two weeks of an­nounce­ment of the grades. The ap­plic­a­tion must clearly state and ex­plain the short­com­ings that oc­curred dur­ing the ex­am­in­a­tion. Ex­am­in­a­tions that are de­clared void will not be coun­ted as an ex­am­in­a­tion at­tempt. Click here for more in­form­a­tion on stu­dents’ legal rights with regard to ex­am­in­a­tions.


If a stu­dent is found to be cheat­ing or to have cheated dur­ing an exam (e.g. us­ing a crib sheet or other un­au­thor­ized aids), in­val­id­a­tion pro­ceed­ings for the exam will be ini­ti­ated. Exams de­clared void be­cause of cheat­ing will count as a lost ex­am­in­a­tion at­tempt. In­val­id­a­tion pro­ceed­ings are ini­ti­ated by Study Reg­u­la­tions & Credit Trans­fer and im­ple­men­ted in co­oper­a­tion with the Study Sup­port of­fice. If a stu­dent at­tempts to take an exam on be­half of an­other stu­dent, he or she will – without ex­cep­tion – be re­por­ted to the pub­lic pro­sec­utor’s of­fice on for­gery charges, which may res­ult in a crim­inal re­cord.

Ex­am­in­a­tion Rates

The ap­plic­able rates for con­duct­ing exams are spe­cified in an op­er­a­tional agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated between WU, in its ca­pa­city as em­ployer, and the Aca­demic Staff Coun­cil.

Please make sure to fa­mil­i­ar­ize your­self with the cur­rent reg­u­la­tions on the con­duct of ex­am­in­a­tions. For de­tailed in­form­a­tion, please see the Dir­ect­ive on the Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Ex­am­in­a­tions (in Ger­man) is­sued by the Vice-Rector for Aca­demic Pro­grams and Stu­dent Af­fairs and the WU Ex­am­in­a­tion Reg­u­la­tions . If you have any fur­ther ques­tions regard­ing sub­ject ex­am­in­a­tions, please con­tact the Ex­am­in­a­tions Of­fice by email