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Re-examinations

Re-examinations are normally held in February and August.

The dates and times of re-examinations are published in the exam plans.  


1. Bachelor's and Master's students at the Faculty of Arts


When should I register for the re-examination?

Re-examination immediately after the scheduled exam

If you fail a scheduled exam, you can register for the re-examination that takes place immediately afterwards. 

Example: You don't pass the ordinary exam that takes place in June 2017. You can then register for the re-examination, which will be held in the same examination period, i.e. in August 2017.

Here are the deadlines for registration:

  • Students at the School of Culture and Society and the School of Communication and Culture
    You must register for re-examinations no later than five days after the assessment deadline for the exams in question. The assessment deadline will be published in the exam plan.
  • Students at the Danish School of Education
    Find your deadline for registration for re-examinations in your exam plan. exam plan.

NB: You can only register for re-examinations in this period if you have used one attempt to pass a scheduled exam.

Re-examination in one of the following semesters

If you do not pass the first re-examination, you will have the opportunity to register for a new re-examination in one of the following semesters.

This also applies if you do not have the opportunity to go to the re-examination that takes place immediately after the ordinary examination. You must be aware that it may lead to a delay in your study programme, if you choose to postpone the re-examination.

Example: You de not pass the ordinary exam, that takes place in June 2017. You can register for the re-examination, which will be held in the next examination period, i.e. in February 2018.

  • 15-28 September: registration for winter re-examinations
  • 15-28 February: registration for summer re-examinations

General rules for re-examination

Three examination attempts

As a general rule, you have three attempts to pass each exam in your degree programme.

If you fail to turn up or fail to pass the ordinary exam at the end of a course, you will have used one examination attempt. You will then have the opportunity to register for re-examination.

If you use all three examination attempts without passing the course, you will be withdrawn from the university. However, in exceptional circumstances you can apply for dispensation to be granted a fourth examination attempt.

Find out more about applying for dispensation

If you have started your Bachelor’s degree programme in 2016 or later, please note that some exams only allow two examination attempts – read more about first-year exams.

In case of illness

If you become ill in connection with an exam, it is important that you contact your general practitioner, so that you can later prove that you were ill during the exam period.

This means that you have the opportunity to apply for exemption to be granted an additional examination attempt, if you have used all three examination attempts without passing.

Forms of examination and the syllabus

Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams. If this is the case, re-examinations will be described in the academic regulations as exam option 2.

If you have a re-examination in a course with an active participation exam, or where active participation is stated as a prerequisite for sitting the exam, you can find more information here: Active class participation 
And in your academic regulations: Find the academic regulations for your degree programme.

Please note that your syllabus may be reused, but that it is only valid for three semesters: the semester in which it is taught, and the following two semesters. 


2. Professional Master's students (continuing and further education)


Registration for re-examination for professional Master's students

A re-examination is a new examination attempt in the same semester as the regular examination for which you were originally registered. You are entitled to a new examination attempt if you were registered as absent or did not pass. This means that you are only allowed to sit the re-examination if you were registered for the regular examination in the first instance. Therefore, if you wish to retain the option of sitting the re-examination, you should not withdraw from the regular examination (see section 18 of the ministerial order on examinations).

Register for re-examinations via the Student self-service (mit.au.dk).

Do you need to pass an exam from a previous semester?

If you need to pass an exam from a previous semester, you should always sign up for the ordinary examination and not the re-examination.

Three examination attempts

You are allowed a total of three attempts to pass an examination as stated in the academic regulations (see section 13 subsection (2) of the ministerial order on examinations). If you have had three attempts without passing an examination, you will be withdrawn as a student of Aarhus University, and therefore you cannot finish your degree programme. You can apply for a dispensation if exceptional circumstances apply.

In case of illness

If you were prevented from taking a regular examination owing to illness, you are entitled to take a re-examination within the same examination period. In case of illness during an examination, it is important that you contact your general practicioner, so you can later prove that you were ill during the exam period.

If you have documentary evidence proving that you were ill during the examination period, you can apply for exemption to ensure that the regular examination does not count as an examination attempt.

If you did not pass or complete your re-examination

Re-examinations only take place once each semester, so if you were ill, did not pass or complete your re-examination, you cannot register for the regular examination until the following semester.

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