Some courses have exams, and some have project work, essays, or other forms of evaluation without exams. The forms of evaluation are unique to each course. If there is an exam, there will also be a possibility for a re-exam. Be especially careful with if and when you need to register for the exam; registrations can close 10 days before.
Some exams are conducted on-site at the university and some are online, at your own computer.
With on-site exams, there is a time and a place. You should come and wait by the exam room's door; people will be called in by course or by name. Discussion between exam participants inside the exam room is not allowed. Sometimes the exam bundles (blank sheets and the questions) have been placed on desks; these are the places where you should sit. Do not touch or open the exam bundle until the exam starts. Sometimes the sheets are distributed once everybody is in, in which case you should leave at least one empty seat between you and the other participants.
Leave your bag and jacket at the side of the room, and take to your seat only your writing implements and a picture ID. (You'll need to show the latter when you return your answers.) A small purse, snacks, and a drink are usually fine too. Please turn off your mobile phone and leave it in your bag. You absolutely cannot have it with you.
The exam supervisor will say when the exam starts, and will write down the exam end time relative to that moment (on a blackboard, whiteboard, overhead projector, etc.). After this and only after this you can touch your papers.
An exam lasts several hours, and you cannot leave until 30 minutes have passed. After this point late arrivals will not be admitted.
You should bring your own writing implements, but the paper will be provided. Write the date, your name, the name of the course, and your student number on each answer paper so they can be correctly identified.
If you have problems during an exam — you need more paper, you have the wrong set of questions, toilet needs — raise your hand. If you need a toilet visit you will be escorted there and back.
The course teacher will give instructions beforehand on what materials and devices are allowed for your exam: for example, calculators, notes, books, or nothing. Other material, looking at others' work or other collusion will be taken as cheating and you will be removed from the exam.
When you leave the exam, return your papers as instructed (say, different stacks for answers, drafts and unused sheets). You will be asked to sign an attendance sheet and show identification (passport, driver's licence, student card, etc.).
Some exams are conducted online on Moodle or DigiCampus: for example, the exam is open for 24 hours and once you start, you have 2–4 hours to do it on your own computer.
Some exams can be done on the Exam platform, ie. at any institution which has an Exam classroom.
If you have accessibility needs, please be in touch well beforehand. See accessibility, below.
Some exams can be taken on special open university exam days, which are some Mondays, 4 to 8 pm, in Joensuu C1 and Kuopio SN100. The dates for these are, for 2021: 22.11. and 13.12, and for spring 2022: 17.1., 14.2., 14.3., 11.4., 9.5 and 13.6..