Exams and Grading
The examination system at the Danish universities is unlike most other systems in Europe. Your final grade depends only on the official exams you complete during the semester – you are not graded for oral presentations during class, papers you submit for class, attendance and participation*, or other small projects (individual or group-based). Most courses will have a single final examination (the various examination forms are introduced below).
* Some courses may require you to attend 75 % of all course lessons and participate actively in class.
There are two different types of examinations:
1. When you sign up for a class, the lecturer will distribute a list of the books and articles you are expected to read during the semester. This will be the basis for the exam at the end of the semester;
2. You are expected to make your own examination syllabus and find books and articles which are related to the academic subject in your class.
The exams will be written or oral. There are five frequently used examination methods at Aarhus University. How frequently each examination form is used varies from faculty to faculty:
- Oral examination on the examination syllabus
- Oral examination on a set subject plus the examination syllabus
- Written examination on a topic from the examination syllabus
- Assignment on a fixed subject (take-home exams)
- Assignment on an optional subject (take-home exams)
Examinations may be offered in English and sometimes in German or French if students request this. This is, however, subject to the consent of the examiners involved.
Signing up for exams
It is very important to register for exams in advance. In most departments, students must sign up for exams about a month after the beginning of the semester. You may not be allowed to take your exams if you fail to sign-up in due time. Check with your department for the examination sign-up deadline! You can sign up via the Self-service system.
The examination sign-up procedure varies from department to department. At some departments you register automatically when you register for a course. At other (most) departments you have to fill out a form for each course. We encourage you to ask your coordinator, mentor or student counselor about it as soon as the semester starts.
The grading system
The ECTS grading scale
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.
ECTS credits indicate the student workload required to complete a course. They reflect the relationship between the quantity of work required by each course and the quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at Aarhus University.
In ECTS, 60 credits represent the workload of one academic year of study (two semesters), whereas 30 credits represent one semester. Credits are only granted for completed courses.
|The Grading Scale|
|Danish Grade||Definition||ECTS Grade|
|12||For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.||A|
|10||For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses.||B|
|7||For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses.||C|
|4||For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses.||D|
|02||For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance.||E|
|00||For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance.||Fx|
|-3||For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects.||F|