Important Information about Exams

Generative AI (GAI)

Rules for Generation tools:

At ’All aids’ it is prohibited to use tools for generation of exam solutions (e.g. ChatGBT, GitHub Copilot, DALL-E 2, GPT-3, GPT-4 or similar chatbots or software (Large Language Models)), because exam assignments must be prepared independently and evaluated individually. Use is considered as plagiarism, i.e. it is forbidden to use text/code/illustrations, prepared by a generation tool, and at the examination present it as own work. If generation tools are permitted for an exam, it will specifically be described in the course description’s exam note. If it is permitted, you must follow the same referencing rules that apply to any other sources, as it otherwise will be regarded as plagiarism.

Oral examination

It is your own responsibility to be present when it is your turn to be examined. The exam list is not a time schedule, so if one student does not show up, the next one on the list will be examined instead. Therefore, if you want to make sure that you are there, when the lecturers are ready to examine you, you should be there from the beginning of the exam schedule - you cannot know whether all students listed on the exam schedule will be present.

If there is preparation time before the oral exam the first student has to show up 30 minutes before the examination starts.

Written exams and exam results

Written exams:

  • Written exams takes place via Digital Eksamen, unless other is stated in the course catalogue

Exam results:

You can find your exam result at mitstudie.au.dk as soon as it has been registered.

  • The deadline for publication of the result is stated in the exam schedule.

Aids permitted at exams incl. computers, mobile phones

In the Course Catalogue you can find information about permitted aids for exam in the specific course description.

Rules for computers:

Computers must be brought along for exams (even when it is implied that there are 'no' exam aids), unless it is specifically stated in the course catalogue that computers are not allowed.

Rules for mobile phones:

You are only allowed to use a mobile phone during the written exam for two-factor authentication when logging on to AU server. The exam supervisor's instructions must be followed.

Anonymized exams

Anonymized exams

The following exam forms are anonymized from the winter exam 2023 onwards:

  • Written exams
  • Take-home assignments without oral defense


If parts of the exam are submitted outside of Digital Exam, the exam cannot be anonymized.

You can check the exam information in Digital Exam to see whether the exam in question is anonymized.

Anonymization means that the assessors (examiner/examiner) do not have to know your identity.

Therefore, you may not state your name, student registration number or other ID in your exam paper or as part of its file name.

Instead, you must provide your exam number.

You will find your exam number under "Exam Information" in Digital Exam and on your student card:

Anonymized group assignments

For anonymized group assignments, it must be clearly stated which part(s) of the assignment you are responsible for. You and your fellow students must therefore state your exam number in the section(s) you have written instead of your name or student number.

Why are exams anonymized?

The Education Committee has decided that exams at AU must be anonymized when there is no need for examiners to know the identity of the examinee. The decision has among other reasons been taken at the request of student organisations across Aarhus University.

In November 2022, the Education Committee decided to extend anonymization of exam forms, where there is no need for the assessor to know the examinee's identity, to all of AU. The decision in part was made on the basis of a wish from the Student Council.

Anonymization is intended to ensure that you are only assessed on the basis of your academic performance. When assessors don't know your identity, their assessment will not be influenced by biases related to factors such as gender and race.

Digitisation of hand-written material

If you need to prepare hand-written material in connection with your written digital exam – such as drawings, formulae or other items – the material must be digitised and attached to your exam paper. You are personally responsible for digitising the material and attaching it to your exam paper.

The digitisation must take place in the time allowed for the exam and in the examination room, using approved digitisation tools.

If you need to prepare hand-written material, you must choose between the following digitisation solutions:

  • Hand-held web camera
  • Digital camera with an empty memory card
  • Camera built into the computer (it is allowed to lift up the paper)
  • Hand-held scanner
  • Draw directly on your computer using the mouse, a stylus pen, or a tablet board
  • Camera in a mobile phone, tablet, or other communication platforms, but only during the winter exam period 2021/22 and only for exams that have been converted to online format

You are personally responsible for ensuring that the digitised material is of a quality that enables it to be read and assessed. We recommend that you try out the digitisation tools well before the exam, so that you are completely familiar with them when you use them in the exam.

You are not permitted to use a mobile phone, tablet, or other communication platforms to digitise hand-written material during exams on Campus. See the rules and regulations for communication during a written exam under 'Examination' > 'Digital Exam' in the menu.

You have two options for attaching digitised material to your exam paper. You can:

  • enter the material directly as an image in the exam paper or
  • upload the material as a separate attachment next to the exam paper.

We recommend that you enter the hand-written material directly in your exam paper, so that you can submit the paper as a single document.

* Digitisation tools are available in reasonable quality in price ranges from below DKK 100.

Communication during written exams is forbidden

When you are sitting a written exam, please note that communication is not permitted. Communication during an exam is regarded as cheating.

If you receive messages or similar from communication platforms or file-sharing services during the exam, you must under no circumstances answer them, and you must immediately inform the exam supervisors about what has happened.

Make sure you know the rules, which can be found under 'Examination' > 'Cheating at exams' in the menu.   

Attending exams from abroad

If you are registered for an exam held at Aarhus University while abroad, you have the following options for participating in your exam online.

Written exams

You can participate in a written exam from abroad if you apply for and are granted an exemption.

It is possible in case of documented exceptional circumstances, such as semester overlap with a university abroad, documented illness or legal reasons.

You should be aware that as a student you will be responsible for finding a contact person at a university abroad who can act as exam supervisor during your exam.

Make sure to send your application in as soon as possible, as it may take several weeks to process your case and coordinate the exam with the other university.  We will write to your AU email if we have questions about your case.

You can read more about how to apply for an exemption here.

Contact faktiskforvaltning.nat-tech@au.dk if you have any questions.

Oral exams

You must contact your lecturer if you wish to take an oral exam online from abroad. They will then assess whether it is possible, including whether it is an academically viable solution.

ITX-Flex and Linux

If you use the Linux operating system, it is not possible to activate the ITX-Flex digital monitoring system.

When you arrive for the written on-site exam, you must notify the site supervisor about you using Linux. You will then be placed under more strict supervision by the exam site supervisor during the exam.

It is your responsibility to make sure that the site supervisor is aware that you are using Linux.

Student ID Card as identification for written exams

You must always bring your student ID card for written on-site exams. This is so that the exam invigilation can identify you as an AU student.

Did you lose your student ID card?

You can read more here about how to reorder a new one.

For the exams, you then need to bring another form of publicly issued picture identification (passport or driver’s license) – staff ID cards or the like will not be accepted.

Contact

Please send any questions from your AU-mail to Studieservice.Nat-Tech@au.dk