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Prerequisites for taking exams

General information about the prerequisites for taking exams

What are prerequisites?

Prerequisites are criteria which you must fulfil in order to take an exam.

If you need to fulfil certain prerequisites in order to take an exam, your teacher must confirm that the prerequisites have been fulfilled prior to the exam.

It will be stated in your academic regulations whether you must fulfil certain prerequisites in order to take the exam. 

Some examples of prerequisites are:

  • submission of a syllabus
  • a synopsis or a case
  • a collection of assignments
  • a media product
  • an oral presentation in class 

Active participation in the relevant course may also be a prerequisite – read more below.

What happens if I do not fulfil the prerequisites?

If you do not fulfil the prerequisites, you cannot take the exam and will have used one exam attempt. This applies to both scheduled exams and re-exams. Prerequisites are not included in the exam assessment, but must be fulfilled before you can take the exam in question.

Can I ‘reuse’ fulfilled prerequisites if I do not pass my exam?

If you have obtained approval of certain prerequisites, you do not have to obtain new approval if you, for example, are absent or fail the exam. However, it would be a good idea to re-submit any approved prerequisites to the teacher – especially if there has been a change of teachers.

If new prerequisites apply to your re-exam, you must obtain approval before being able to take the exam – even if the prerequisites for your scheduled exam have already been approved.

Deadline for fulfilling prerequisites

  • In connection with scheduled exams, you fulfil the prerequisites by submitting the relevant material to your teacher on Blackboard by a deadline set by your teacher.
  • In connection with re-exams, you fulfil the prerequisites by submitting the relevant material to your teacher by the deadline for registering for the re-exam.

Further information: Re-exam registration deadlines

Course participation as a prerequisite

Active course participation may be a prerequisite for taking an exam.

It will be stated in the description of the exam form in your academic regulations whether course participation is required.

In the academic regulations, it is usually described as a requirement for ‘active and satisfactory participation’. Unless otherwise stated, your teacher is responsible for defining what is understood by ‘active and satisfactory’.

What happens if my participation is not satisfactory?

If you fail to fulfil the course participation prerequisite, you will not be able to take the exam in the scheduled exam period. Since your registration cannot be withdrawn, it means that you have used the first of three exam attempts. You must then make sure to register for the re-exam.

The re-exam form is described in the academic regulations. If you need a third attempt to pass the exam, this will be conducted in the same way as your second attempt.

Course participation as an exam form

Course participation is also sometimes an exam form in itself.

If you do not fulfil the course participation prerequisite, you will have used your first exam attempt and must then register for the re-exam held in the re-exam period.

If active course participation is an exam form in itself, the re-exam will have another form. The re-exam form is described in the academic regulations.

If you need a third attempt to pass the exam, this will be conducted in the same way as your second attempt.

Further information: Re-exams in your academic regulations
Further information: Re-exam registration deadlines

Attendance registration via Qwickly

Your presence at classes for which classroom participation is required will be registered online via the system called “Qwickly”, which is an integrated part of Blackboard.

It is your responsibility to log on to Blackboard and check in to confirm that you are present in class.

Your teacher will start the attendance registration process during the teaching session, after which you can register your attendance for a limited period of time. You can only check in using a pin code which your teacher will announce just before the check-in period.

Qwickly also allows you to see an updated overview of your attendance on the courses for which you have registered. 

How to check in

You can check in via Blackboard on your PC/MAC and from your smartphone via the “Bb Student” app, which you can find in your app store by searching for “Blackboard student”.

If you check in via your PC/MAC, you need to log on to Blackboard and click on the course for which you need to register your attendance.

If you use the “Bb Student” app, you need to use “Qwickly Attendance”, which you will find in the course menu.

In both cases, you will be asked to enter the code that your teacher announces during class.

Need any help?

If you experience any technical problems when registering your attendance via Qwickly, we recommend that you mention this to your teacher during the teaching session.

In addition, you can contact the Blackboard Support.

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