Course examinations (Lehrveranstaltungsprüfungen, LVP exams)
Course examinations (Lehrveranstaltungsprüfungen, LVP exams) are held three times per semester during WU’s centrally organized large-scale exam weeks (see the academic calendar). You can only take a course examination if you have signed up for it in advance. You can sign up for course examinations even if you haven’t attended the corresponding course.
Students have to sign up for course examinations via the LPIS system during the applicable registration period. All students who sign up during the appropriate registration period are guaranteed a spot in the exam. Without exception, students who have not properly signed up will not be admitted to course examinations. Please note that WU’s no-show policy applies.
Please don’t contact academic units or the Examinations Office and ask them to cancel your registration after the end of the registration period. Such requests cannot be accepted.
Subject examinations (Fachprüfungen, FP)
Subject examinations (Fachprüfungen, FP) are examinations held to assess knowledge and skills acquired in a particular subject.
Subject examinations in bachelor’s and master’s programs shall consist of a written and, if applicable, an oral examination. Passing the written examination shall be required for admission to the oral examination. The oral examination shall be scheduled no later than within four weeks of the written examination, even if this means holding the oral examination during a break period.
Further informations can be found here.
Our exam schedules provide a detailed overview of all exam dates and locations for each large-scale examination week (the gym is only used as an exam location during the May and November exam weeks; it is located in the Student Center (SC) building, level 2).
You can see the list of exam coordinators (concerning course examinations) to find out who is responsible for coordinating your exam and who you can contact to discuss questions or problems that may arise.
|Exam schedule, 1st exam week, 2019/20 winter semester||Exam coordinators|
|Exam schedule, 2nd exam week, 2019/20 winter semester||Exam coordinators|
|Exam schedule, 3rd exam week, 2019/20 winter semester||Exam coordinators|
|Exam schedule, 1st exam week, 2020 summer semester||Exam coordinators|
|The midsemester examination week is held online. The schedule can be found online on April 8th.||Exam coordinators|
|Exam schedule, 3rd exam week, 2020 summer semester||Exam coordinators|
Exam Dates and Locations
Exam locations are assigned after the end of the registration period. The exact exam dates and locations are announced on the dates indicated in the semester schedule.
They can be viewed on LPIS once they’ve been announced.
Be sure to write down the exact time and location of your exam. If you go to the wrong location, you won’t be able to take your exam.
No-Show Policy for Course Examinations
If students who have registered for an examination fail to appear without appropriate notice, they will be blocked from the examination in question for a period of 10 weeks starting from the date of the missed exam (no-show rule). A no-show will not be counted as a lost examination attempt.
Exceptions to this rule apply only if the student can document that he or she missed the examination for a justifiable reason. In these cases, students are required to present appropriate proof in person at the Examinations Office during Study Service Center (SSC) opening hours. Alternatively, they can also deposit the appropriate no-show documentation together with a completed application form for rescission of the 10-week block in the mailbox in the Study Service Center entrance area during the opening hours of the Library & Learning Center. Please also note the information posted at the SSC.
No-show documentation may be handed in in person at the SSC until the beginning of the registration period for the following examination week (i.e. no-show documentation will be accepted until Monday, 2:00pm, two weeks before the start of the following examination week). Please note that any confirmations handed in too late will not be considered.
(Please note that, without exception, no-show documentation sent by email will not be accepted.)
Examination Attempts, Repeat Examinations, and Examinations by a Panel
The following regulations apply to the maximum number of permissible examination attempts:
Four attempts are allowed for all exams in the introductory and orientation phase (STEOP).
Five attempts are permitted for all other examinations.
If the final attempt is negative, the student is expelled from the program and may not continue his or her studies in this program.
The maximum number of permissible examination attempts applies simultaneously to both of WU’s bachelor’s programs. This means that students who are enrolled in both bachelor’s programs have only the permitted number of attempts for identical exams, i.e. four attempts for each exam in the introductory and orientation phase (STEOP) and five for all others. In other words, being enrolled in both programs does not give students twice as many attempts on these exams. If the final permissible attempt is negative, the student is expelled from both programs.
Students who are expelled from their program after failing all four permissible attempts in a STEOP exam are blocked from applying for re-admission to the program until the third semester after being expelled.
Repeating a Positively Graded Exam
A positively graded exam may be repeated once within a period of 12 months from the date when it was taken. The last exam before completion of the 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. Applications to repeat an examination have to be submitted by email to the Examinations Office.
Examinations by a Panel
In the introductory and orientation phase (STEOP), the third repeat attempt (i.e. the fourth examination attempt overall) is always held in the form of an examination by a panel of examiners.
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, too. The only difference is that the exam is evaluated by a panel of examiners.
Grading Period, Viewing Exam Papers, Your Legal Rights with Regard to Examinations
Exams must be graded within four weeks of the exam date.
Viewing Exam Papers
You can view your exam papers within six months of announcement of the grades. You can photocopy the papers, but you are not allowed to take the originals with you.
Your Legal Rights with Regard to Examinations
In principle, it is not possible to file any appeals 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). The application must clearly state and explain the alleged substantial shortcomings that are claimed to have invalidated the examination. Examinations that are declared void will not be counted as a lost examination attempt.
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), a procedure for invalidating the exam in question will be initiated. Exams declared void because of cheating will count as a lost examination attempt. Invalidation procedures 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 for charges of forgery, which may result in a criminal record. You can find more information here.
Please note the Directive and the Guideline on the Administration of Examinations and the consequences of misconduct (in German) issued by the Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs.
Click the following link to view the current grade statistics for all bachelor’s program exams held as part of large-scale examination weeks.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Examinations Office team by email.