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.
Subject examinations schedule for master’s students
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.
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.
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.