Questions about remote examination
Will my exam look the same as a normal exam?
No, probably not. The President has decided that the examiner for a course may change the form of the examination. The reason for this is to provide the possibility for the examiner to find the best and most reliable solution possible for the examination, in relation to the course's learning objectives and taking into account the number of students to be examined. For example, a remote written exam can be divided into several modules, such as a written and an oral part, to reduce the risk of collaboration between students.
How may handwritten notes be transformed to digital format?
A document scanning app in the cell phone is recommended for transforming handwritten notes to digital format. Document scanning apps give a clear image directly in pdf-format. Other available scanners can be used. Avoid using the camera app in your cell phone because of low image quality. It is advisable to have good lighting when scanning or taking photos.
Examples of free document scanning apps are CamScanner and Genius Scan, which both are available for iPhone and Android.
Will I have as much time as a regular exam?
This is not certain. The examiners have been given the opportunity to use alternative forms of examination, and this may mean that the examination time is shortened to suit the new form.
Is it possible to double-test?
No, it is not possible to double-test (take two exams that are scheduled at the same time by delaying the time of one of the exams).
Can I take an exam without being registered for it?
No. It is not possible to take an exam without having registered for it. Only those who are registered can write the exam.
Is it possible to ‘plus’?
No. ‘Plussing’, that is, retaking an exam in a course you have already passed, to raise its grade, is not possible as we need to reduce the number of students who are taking exams for capacity reasons. Plussing will be allowed again when we have greater capacity for examinations.
Will the examination be anonymous?
Exams carried out remotely are not anonymous. In cases where exams are carried out on campus, the ordinary regulations apply, and students will be anonymous to the examiner.
What tools will I be able to use in the exam?
- As the examination takes place remotely and it is not possible to check which aids students are using, all aids will be allowed. However, cooperation or help from other people is not permitted.
- In cases where exams are carried out on campus, the ordinary regulations apply, and the examiner decides which aids may be used.
Are students with a Nais certificate entitled to extended examination now?
For future exam periods, students who have a valid Nais certificate with approved exam adaptation no longer need to make a separate application for an adapted exam to the exam administration / examiner. Students register for the exam only in Ladok, which is also the last date for registration adapted examination. For distance exams via zoom monitoring, you will get 50 per cent extra time if the extended time has been granted in your Nais certificate.
In the case of a home exam, make sure to contact your examiner at least ten working days before the home exam. The examiner will decide on the extended time.
What times are relevant for students with extended time?
For distance exams via zoom monitoring, the following times apply for the 4-hour exam with 50 per cent extended time for exam writing:
- Morning: 8.30-14.30 + 30-45 minutes for scanning (The examiner decides what time you need for scanning or if scanning is not necessary).
- Afternoon: 14.00-20.00 + 30-45 minutes for scanning (The examiner decides what time you need for scanning or if scanning is not necessary).
Will it be possible to get the highest grades (4 or 5)?
Yes. For graded courses, it will be possible to get the highest grade in these examinations. There may, however, be other forms of examination required to reach the grade boundaries.
Will it be possible to take other universities’ exams at Chalmers?
No. We cannot offer any exams from other universities to be done at Chalmers campus since all Chalmers exams are done remotely.
I don’t have access to this year’s Canvas page because I took the course at an earlier time, what can I do?
Contact the examiner for the course.
I will take an exam in a course which has closed, what can I do?
You will either be given access to a Canvas page on a previous course or a special Canvas page will be created just for this exam. The examiner can answer questions about the exam.
How will Chalmers make sure no one is cheating when having remote exams?
The assessment that Chalmers has made is that the best way to maintain a reliable examination is to monitor students with the help of video streaming and with ID controls. The examiner can also divide the exam into several modules, such as a written and an oral part, to reduce the risk of collaboration between the students.
When and in what way will I receive information about my exam?
The exams will be different from course to course. In some courses, more oral components will be included for example. You will find information about your exam in the Canvas course room. If you don’t know what course room you belong to, please contact your examiner.
In some cases, students from previous years haven’t yet been registered in the right course room, in those cases, you may have to wait a little more before getting the information. Please contact your examiner if you have any questions.