Number of resits on the exam - Kunnskapsbasen
Number of resits on the exam
The Academic Regulations for NTNU stipulates how many attempts you have for each exam/assessment.
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Rule of three
Students at NTNU cannot sit for the exam in the same course more than three times. The Faculty itself may grant a fourth attempt. If you have special needs, the Faculty may grant a fifth and final attempt. This is regulated in the Academic Regulations, §5-4. The number of attempts applies to the person, not to the right of admission to study.
An attempt is counted when you
- have passed the examination
- have failed the examination, by receiving the grade F/(Fail)
- withdraw after the deadline for withdrawal has passed
- do not attend the examination
- do not submit an answer paper for an assessment or component of an assessment for a course
- have attended the examination, but choose to withdraw during the examination
- have your examination annulled because of cheating, an attempt to cheat, a false diploma or other academic misconduct; as stated in Uhl § 5-4(3) (in Norwegian)
It does not count as an exam attempt if you
- have withdrawn from the examination within the deadline. (You can withdraw from the exam no later than 14 days before the examination date. NOTE: Deadline for cancelling your registrations for re-sit exams in August is 20 July.)
- have approved absence from the exam
Guidelines for a fourth and fifth attempt
Common guidelines for a fourth and fifth exam attempt (in Norwegian only) have been drawn up, and adopted 18 June, 2018.
A fourth exam attempt
A fourth exam attempt is generally granted for an ordinary exam/assessment. Under special circumstances, a fourth attempt may be granted for a re-sit exam, if a re-sit exam is scheduled.
Formal requirements to the application:
- The application must be submitted within the normal deadline for exam registration - 15 September for the fall semester, and 1 February for the spring semester.
Applications for a fourth exam attempt is normally granted, but may be rejected if:
- The course isn't part of your education plan.
- You have four failed exam attempts in other courses in your education plan, which should be passed first. If your application is rejected on this basis, you can re-apply later.
A fifth exam attempt
A successful application for a fifth exam attempt means a final opportunity to pass a course. A fifth exam attempt is generally granted for an ordinary exam/assessment. Under special circumstances, a fifth attempt may be granted for a re-sit exam, if a re-sit exam is scheduled.
Formal requirements to the application:
- You must make sure that the application is submitted within the deadline, i.e. the normal deadline for exam registration.
- You must document any special needs, cf. the criteria for a fifth and final exam attempt.
- You must have attended study councelling regarding your academic progression. You are responsible for scheduling this councelling. The application will not be considered until this is documented.
- The course must be a part of your study plan.
The application may be rejected if these requirements aren't met.
There is a requirement in the Academic Regulations for NTNU, § 5-4 (3), that you must have special needs for such an application to be granted. An application for a fifth exam attempt may be granted if one or more of the following criteria are met:
- This is the only course remaining before finishing a degree/study programme.
- The course/part of a course is a prerequisite for further academic progress in your study programme.
- You can document that due to social or medical causes, you were not able to perform to your highest standard on one of the previous four exam attempts.
- The course is to be discontinued.
Be aware that if the course is a prerequisite for further academic progress, you must expect delayed progression in your studies.
Apply for a fourth and fifth attempt
Use the general form and send the request to the Faculty you belong to. The form is only in Norwegian.