Oral Online Exams
This page contains general (technical) information on oral online exams. Your course instructors or examiners will provide you with specific information and instructions for individual exams (e.g. date and time, procedure, authorized aids) in plenty of time before the exam date.
The setting for an oral online exam is essentially the same as for an in-person exam, the main difference is the technical equipment required.
WU provides and recommends Microsoft Teams for conducting oral exams online. Your course instructors or examiners will let you know ahead of time if they plan to use a different communication tool.
Scheduling exam datesFür Details bitte aufklappen
Signing up for the exam and setting a date and time are just the same as they would be for an in-person exam. If not already specified, be sure to inquire about the necessary communication software at this time.
If you’re not familiar with the communication tool specified by your examiner, be sure to install it, create an account, sign in, and familiarize yourself with the program well in advance. Recent updates can also cause changes to familiar functions. Testing all the functions you will need ahead of time can reduce stress during the exam.
The invitation to the exam and the respective link are usually sent to you via your WU email account. Make sure to check this account regularly and make sure that your mailbox is not full to capacity.
Technical requirementsFür Details bitte aufklappen
|Desktop computer or laptop; we recommend contacting your examiner for specific requirements|
|One monitor only, any additional monitors must be removed before the exam|
|A built-in camera or webcam|
|Built-in or external microphone (headsets may NOT be worn on your head or around your neck)|
|Built-in or external speakers (headsets may NOT be worn on your head or around your neck)|
|A stable internet connection with sufficient capacity|
|Microsoft Teams (logged in using your WU student account), if this is the communication channel for the exam|
|Alternative tool for synchronous live communication, if Microsoft Teams will not be used|
Grading requirementsFür Details bitte aufklappen
Your examiner will inform you of the synchronous live communication tool (e.g. Microsoft Teams) that will be used to conduct the exam.
Both you and the examiner are required to use a microphone and camera so that voices, facial expressions, and gestures are accurately visible for both sides.
Your identity will be confirmed by showing your student ID card or other official photo ID in front of the camera. Make sure to have your ID to hand when the exam starts.
As oral examinations are public, you are entitled to ask at least one additional person to attend the oral online exam via electronic means.
Make sure to test your camera and microphone ahead of time to ensure they’re working properly!
What to do in case of (technical) problemsFür Details bitte aufklappen
For each individual exam, your course instructors/examiners will notify you of the specific procedures for dealing with any technical problems that may occur during online oral exam.
However, if you experience technical difficulties that make it impossible for you to continue your work on the exam, you need to report this to your examiner immediately and provide convincing proof (e.g. screenshot). This is the only reason for terminating an exam prematurely that will not result in losing an examination attempt.
Do not expect answers or solutions after reporting technical problems, reports are intended only to document the issue with regard to further consequences:
Credible report of technical problems: Exam will not be graded or counted as an examination attempt
Technical difficulties not reported or report not credible: Exam will be graded and attempt counted (= termination of exam)
Further tips for avoiding technical problems or what to do if they occur: