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Exams

Last updated on 22 April 2021

Most courses at VU Amsterdam are completed with an exam. Here you will find more information about exam times and locations, online exams, resits and regulations. 

Exam information

  • Exam timetable

    Check your timetable for the date, time and location of your exam. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled exam.  This leaves you with enough time to find the right classroom, a seat and put away your personal belongings.

    VU Amsterdam applies short and longer examination blocks:


    Examination times

    (regular)

    Exam length (regular)Extra time

    Exam length 

    (extra time)

    Block 1 (long)08:30 – 11:15 2.45 hrs11:15 – 11:45 uur3.15 hrs
    Block 2 (short)12:15 – 14:30 2.15 hrs14:30 – 15:00 uur2.45 hrs
    Block 3 (short)15:30 – 17:45 2.15 hrs17:45 – 18:15 uur

    2.45 hrs 


    Block 4 (long)18:45 – 21:30 2.45 hrs21:30 – 22:00 uur

    3.15 hrs 


    Exam block 1 (morning) and block 4 (evening) amount to 2:45 hours. This corresponds to the current block times. Exam blocks 2 and 3 (afternoon) have a length of 2.15 hours. This makes a distinction between short and long examinations. 

  • Exam locations

    Most examinations are on our VU Amsterdam campus. However, when we are not able to accommodate all exams on campus, off-campus locations are arranged. Regular off-campus exam locations are Rai in Amsterdam South, Emergohal in Amstelveen or VU sports Centre at Uilenstede.  

  • Digital exams

    Some exams are taken digitally. VU Amsterdam offers 385 digital testing workstations in the TenT examination hall, where students can sit their exam digitally. Occasionally, digital exams are organised in regular computer classrooms. Depending on the software used to administer your test, you might need to log in before you can start. If you are required to sit a digital exam, you will receive a notification in advance and given clear instructions during the exam.

    Like any other exam, make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your exam is scheduled.

    Online examinations during corona
    Due to the corona measures, access to campus facilities is limited. That's why all exams have moved online. At VU Amsterdam we use TestVision, Canvas and other exam software. Sometimes your exam is proctored online. Here you'll find more information about online proctoring. For frequently asked questions about online proctoring click here

  • Retake an exam

    Students can retake an exam twice per academic year. It is also possible to retake a course, even if you passed it. Please note that in this case, the last assessment always applies to the resit. A resit cannot take place within ten working days after the results are announced.  Don't  forget to register for your resit in VUweb. 

    The registration process for retaking practicals, internships, or your thesis might differ from the standard procedures. You will find more information about this in your study or internship manual or the thesis arrangements of your study programme. 

    If you need to pass just one component for your Bachelor's degree, the examination board may offer an extra examination opportunity. This is only given to students who would otherwise suffer a significant study delay.  In that case, you must have used all previous examination opportunities for your course. Read more about extra examination opportunities. 

  • Examination facilities for disabled students

    Students with a disability can apply for arrangements and support through their Academic advisor. If possible, you will sit exams at regular examination locations and not in a separate classroom. 

    VU Amsterdam offers the following: 

    • extra exam time 
    • additional toilet visits
    • food, walking or administering medication
    • use of  laptop 
    • a quiet room

    Please visit Studying with a disability for more information.

  • My exams overlap

    Every effort is made to avoid exam schedule conflicts. If you are a student in a regular study programme, there should be no overlapping exams. However, sometimes conflicts occur when combining electives or retaking a course from a previous year. For examination timetable conflicts, please contact the Course coordinator of your study programme for a suitable arrangement. Or contact the examination board of your study programme, they can decide over alternative dates for overlapping exams. 

    Specific rules may also apply per faculty. Please check the tab of your faculty at the bottom of this page for details.

  • Examination regulations

    Specific rules of conduct and rules regarding fraud apply at the following examination locations: Rai, TenT and Emergo Hall.

    If you arrive late for your exam, you will be accommodated to a waiting room. You will be admitted to the examination up to 30 minutes after it has begun. If you are more than 30 minutes late (from the start of the examination), you will no longer be admitted.

    • Make sure to bring a valid ID to your examination. Participating in exams without an ID is possible. However, your grade will not be announced.
    • Toilet visits are permitted 1,5 hours into the exam.
    • Eating is not allowed during the exam; drinking is.
    • Avoid bringing any valuable personal items (laptops, expensive jackets or bags). You are not permitted to have these at your desk.
    • Smartphones, watches with internet functions, etc. must be switched off and handed in before the exam. If you get caught with one of these devices, during your exam, it is considered fraud. 
    • If you need to visit the toilet, the invigilator will ask you to show that you don't have any devices. Contact with other students during toilet visits is strictly forbidden.
    • Students may be assigned a seat by the examination board. 
    • Students who didn't register for the exam cannot participate if the 
    • examination venues cannot accommodate you (for example, lack of space).
    • Please deregister for your exam if you are unable to attend (for example due to illness). 

Examination regulations per faculty

Different terms and conditions may apply per faculty. Please check your faculty for specific details.

You have two exams that overlap

If you have registered for two exams that are organised at the same time, the following procedure applies: 

  • Report your exam schedule conflict to your student advisor, 3 week before your scheduled exams and ask for a solution.
  • Your student advisor decides if your request is reasonable; 
  • If your request is considered reasonable, your student advisor will arrange for you to sit both exams, with the Beta VU board of examinations
  • Bèta VU Examination Organisation will inform you and your student advisor one week in advance. 

The combined exam arrangement often follows:

  • You take exam 1; 
  • After completing exam 1, an invigilator accompanies you to Bèta VU Examination Organisation;
  • Bèta VU Exam Organisation will have organised an examination room and surveillance so you can sit your second exam (immediately following exam 1)

* Every effort is made to avoid online exams from overlapping. However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to sit both exams. Please note that in this situation students have to retake one of your exams. 

Hardship clause

If there’s no practical solution for your conflicting exam schedules, the Examination Board decides on facilitating another solution or not. 

Copy of your exam

You can request a copy of your exam, up to 20 days after the result of your written exam. Apply for a copy of your exam here

Overview of teaching and (re)examination periods

You can find an overview of the teaching and (re)examination periods 2021-2022 here

You can find an overview of the teaching and (re)examination periods 2020-2021 here

Exam Protocol

Download the Examination Protocol (in Dutch)

Protocol for overlapping exams

Do you have two exams at the same time? In some cases, you can apply for a combined exam arrangement. This allows you to do both exams, one after another. The combined exam arrangement only applies to SBE students with overlapping exams of two electives, both of which are either:

  • recommended within the programme or
  • a  compulsory course and a recommended elective

In all other cases, requests will be rejected! 

Apply 

Send an email to your study secretariat to request a combined exam arrangement: studiesecretariaat.sbe@vu.nl

 Please include the following information:

  • name
  • student number
  • study programme
  • exams in question
  • exam date

 Applications for combined exam arrangements are accepted up two weeks before the exam date. Applications submitted later will not be accepted!

Exam abroad

SBE students can take one VU Amsterdam exam abroad. Please contact courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl well before departure, if you want to use this option. You will receive a form that must be completed and signed by the partner university, declaring that it will use the correct examination method. The conditions are:

  • You must register for the relevant (re-sit) exam
  • You may take a maximum of one exam abroad
  • It must be possible to take the exam at exactly the same time as it is taken at VU Amsterdam. (Due to time difference, this will therefore not be possible in all countries).
  • The exam may only be taken at the university
  • The partner university will provide space and surveillance
  • These regulations only apply to SBE exams
  • The confirmation of the partner university must arrive at VU Amsterdam no later than 2 weeks before the exam

Please contact courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl for questions. 

Protocol for overlapping exams

You may be scheduled to take two (re)exams at the same date and time. The Examination Board will look for an appropriate solution if:

  • Both exams are FSW courses or
  • You are enrolled in two study programmes at VU Amsterdam, and the exams of these programmes overlap. 

In this situation, please contact the Examination Board no later than three weeks up to your scheduled exams. Contact the Examination Board by using the following form

Please include the following information:

  • which subjects that are involved 
  • include code, date and time of (re)exams

The Examination Board will inform you about the chosen arrangements. In most cases, you will have the opportunity to take both (re)exams one after the other.

If you have two online (re)exams overlapping, you will be given the opportunity to take both exams right after one another. You will receive timely instructions from the Examination Board. Please make sure to submit your request to the Examination Board at least three weeks before the start of your scheduled exams.

Taking exams in different time zones

For our international students who have returned home, online exams can occur at unusual times due to the different time zones. Some students have filed a complaint about this and asked for an alternative. Unfortunately, the Examination Board is unable to accommodate this. Taking an exam late in the evening or at night is certainly not ideal, but students know well in advance the date and have time to prepare. 

Testing Policy

Read the FSW testing policy here.

  • BETA

    You have two exams that overlap

    If you have registered for two exams that are organised at the same time, the following procedure applies: 

    • Report your exam schedule conflict to your student advisor, 3 week before your scheduled exams and ask for a solution.
    • Your student advisor decides if your request is reasonable; 
    • If your request is considered reasonable, your student advisor will arrange for you to sit both exams, with the Beta VU board of examinations
    • Bèta VU Examination Organisation will inform you and your student advisor one week in advance. 

    The combined exam arrangement often follows:

    • You take exam 1; 
    • After completing exam 1, an invigilator accompanies you to Bèta VU Examination Organisation;
    • Bèta VU Exam Organisation will have organised an examination room and surveillance so you can sit your second exam (immediately following exam 1)

    * Every effort is made to avoid online exams from overlapping. However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to sit both exams. Please note that in this situation students have to retake one of your exams. 

    Hardship clause

    If there’s no practical solution for your conflicting exam schedules, the Examination Board decides on facilitating another solution or not. 

    Copy of your exam

    You can request a copy of your exam, up to 20 days after the result of your written exam. Apply for a copy of your exam here

    Overview of teaching and (re)examination periods

    You can find an overview of the teaching and (re)examination periods 2021-2022 here

    You can find an overview of the teaching and (re)examination periods 2020-2021 here

    Exam Protocol

    Download the Examination Protocol (in Dutch)

  • SBE

    Protocol for overlapping exams

    Do you have two exams at the same time? In some cases, you can apply for a combined exam arrangement. This allows you to do both exams, one after another. The combined exam arrangement only applies to SBE students with overlapping exams of two electives, both of which are either:

    • recommended within the programme or
    • a  compulsory course and a recommended elective

    In all other cases, requests will be rejected! 

    Apply 

    Send an email to your study secretariat to request a combined exam arrangement: studiesecretariaat.sbe@vu.nl

     Please include the following information:

    • name
    • student number
    • study programme
    • exams in question
    • exam date

     Applications for combined exam arrangements are accepted up two weeks before the exam date. Applications submitted later will not be accepted!

    Exam abroad

    SBE students can take one VU Amsterdam exam abroad. Please contact courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl well before departure, if you want to use this option. You will receive a form that must be completed and signed by the partner university, declaring that it will use the correct examination method. The conditions are:

    • You must register for the relevant (re-sit) exam
    • You may take a maximum of one exam abroad
    • It must be possible to take the exam at exactly the same time as it is taken at VU Amsterdam. (Due to time difference, this will therefore not be possible in all countries).
    • The exam may only be taken at the university
    • The partner university will provide space and surveillance
    • These regulations only apply to SBE exams
    • The confirmation of the partner university must arrive at VU Amsterdam no later than 2 weeks before the exam

    Please contact courses.exchange.sbe@vu.nl for questions. 

  • FSS

    Protocol for overlapping exams

    You may be scheduled to take two (re)exams at the same date and time. The Examination Board will look for an appropriate solution if:

    • Both exams are FSW courses or
    • You are enrolled in two study programmes at VU Amsterdam, and the exams of these programmes overlap. 

    In this situation, please contact the Examination Board no later than three weeks up to your scheduled exams. Contact the Examination Board by using the following form

    Please include the following information:

    • which subjects that are involved 
    • include code, date and time of (re)exams

    The Examination Board will inform you about the chosen arrangements. In most cases, you will have the opportunity to take both (re)exams one after the other.

    If you have two online (re)exams overlapping, you will be given the opportunity to take both exams right after one another. You will receive timely instructions from the Examination Board. Please make sure to submit your request to the Examination Board at least three weeks before the start of your scheduled exams.

    Taking exams in different time zones

    For our international students who have returned home, online exams can occur at unusual times due to the different time zones. Some students have filed a complaint about this and asked for an alternative. Unfortunately, the Examination Board is unable to accommodate this. Taking an exam late in the evening or at night is certainly not ideal, but students know well in advance the date and have time to prepare. 

    Testing Policy

    Read the FSW testing policy here.

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