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Exams

Grading of exams at MF
Criteria for grading of exams at MF and expectations for exam answers are presented in the document Grading of exams at MF.
 
Exam Registration
You have to approve the education plan and pay the semester fee in StudentWeb every semester. The deadline for both is September 1st for the Autumn semester and February 1st for the Spring semester.
Make sure that you are signed up for exams in your courses each semester. Log in to StudentWeb and choose the tab «My active courses». Contact the student administration if you discover any errors.
 
Exam Language
The exam answer should normally be in English or Norwegian, according to the language of instruction. The course description states what language is used.
 
Exam Forms
The course description describes which exam form or combination of exam forms that apply to your course, and how much time you have at your disposal. Note that there might be course requirements in addition to the final examination.
 
 
Exam Attempts
You have the right to three exam attempts in a course. Failed course requirements, failed exams and not meeting for exams all count as one exam attempt. You may withdraw prior to an exam in order to not use an exam attempt. Read more about withdrawing prior to an exam.

Written exams

Written exams

Exam dates can be found on StudentWeb and in the course catalogue. A list of all exams is available here. Exams are usually arranged November 15th - December 15th (Autumn semester) and May 15th - June 15th (Spring semester). Exam dates will normally be available by the start of each semester.

Before the exam, you must read the instructions for candidates taking written exams (pdf)

The exam location and the candidate number are published on the front page of StudentWeb no later than three days before the exam (see the information column). On the day of the exam, a list in MF’s reception will also inform about the location of the exam.

Reminders before written exams

  • Written exams usually begin at 9:00 am. You need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam begins.
  • You must bring your own pen/s (blue ballpoint pen) and a valid ID (e.g. a student card or a credit card with a picture).
  • The use of examination support material is permitted on some written exams. More information below.
  • Bring food and drink.
  • Telephones and similar equipment must be turned off and placed in the designated area before the exam starts.
  • Short breaks can be taken when you want, though not within the first hour of the exam. Raise your hand and wait for the exam inspector.
  • Communication between candidates (in any form) is not allowed during the exam. Read more about cheating.
  • The teacher of the course usually comes during the first hour of the exam, and you may ask him/her if you have difficulties with understanding the exam question(s).
  • You can hand in your exam after one hour, at the earliest.
  • Withdrawal during an exam is regarded as one exam attempt (out of three). There are special rules for withdrawing from an exam due to illness. Read More.
  • The Student Welfare Organization (SiO) provides a list of ten tips for the exam period.

Support material

The use of examination support material is permitted on some written exams. Please confer the top of the course description to see if this applies to your exam.

Confer the overview of allowed support material to see if you need to bring support material yourself. In courses where Bibles are allowed, New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) bibles will be available at the exam location. Remember to bring your library card if you need to borrow support material from the library.

An inspector will check all support materials before the exam. Underlinings in the support material are allowed, but not written notes. If you have illegal aids at your disposal after the exam has started, it will be treated as an attempt at cheating.

If you take a course in Norwegian and have a native language other than Norwegian, you can apply for the use of a dictionary and Bible in your language. More information on facilitation and application deadlines are found here

See the overview of allowed support material (pdf) for more information. List F, F2 and F3 deal with courses taught in English.

Exam submissions

Exam submissions

NB! The information on this page is only valid for exam submissions, not for course requirement submissions. Consult the course catalogue (and search for your course) if you are unsure of whether a submission is an exam or a course requirement.

General information

  • The exam dates and the submission deadlines are available on the front page of StudentWeb under «Upcoming events» as well as in the course catalogue.
  • Submission for essays and portfolio exams will open no later than three days before the deadline, at which the course will become visible in WISEflow. An e-mail will be sent when this happens.

WISEflow

You can log on to WISEflow at any time and submit a demo exam as many times as you like (see the user guide for more). We recommend recently updated versions of the browsers Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended.

Regarding the submission

  • Note that it is only possible to submit PDF-files. A general guide on how to convert files to PDF is available here.
  • Your submission must be anonymous. Do not write your name anywhere, including in the file name.
  • We that you state your candidate number (in the introduction). You can find it on StudentWeb.
  • You will be asked to agree on an academic integrity commitment statement after you have uploaded your exam paper.
  • Note that MF is using a plagiarism checker. The examiners will receive a plagiarism report on your submission. It is therefore crucial that you refer to sources correctly, both in the running text and the bibliography. See the resources for academic writing below.
  • If you experience problems with submitting, contact the exam office before the deadline passes. If the deadline has passed, you should send an e-mail with the submission attached to exam@mf.no within five minutes. Note however that late submissions normally will be rejected. Do not contact teachers if you have technical problems.

General requirements for the submission

Use the font Times New Roman, spacing 1.5 and font size 12 (10 in footnotes), and otherwise normal margins and consistent use of headings. Your submission should also include information about:

  • Course code and semester (for instance "RL1011 Autumn 2018)
  • Word count (excluding front page, table of contents and bibliography. Footnotes do count.)
  • Total page numbers on the cover page (and running page numbers in the footer)
  • Title/research question/the question for the assignment
  • Other information you may have been asked to supply, for example sub-discipline

We recommend using the template for exam submissions to ensure that these requirements are met.

Resources for academic writing

Oral exams

Oral exams

Exam dates can be found on StudentWeb and in the course catalogue. A list of all exams is available here. Exams are normally arranged November 15th - December 15th (Autumn semester) and May 15th - June 15th (Spring semester). Exam dates will normally be available by the start of each semester.

The exam location and the exact time of the exam are published on the front page of StudentWeb (see the information column), no later than three days before the exam. Normally it is published at least one week before the exam. This information will also be available in the MF reception on the day of the exam.

The use of examination support material is permitted on some oral exams. Please confer the top of the course description to see if it applies to your exam. See the overview of allowed support material for exams (pdf) for more information. List F, F2 and F3 deal with courses taught in English.

Facilitated Exam

Exam accommodations

A student can apply for exam accommodation in cases of illness or disability. 

MF shall safeguard that the exams of students with documented needs are accommodated in a way that offsets the disadvantage(s) caused by the disability in question. At the same time it must be ensured that all students are examined on equal terms. The accommodation can not be so extensive that it proves an advantage compared to other students. This means that the student is not guaranteed the exact accommodation for which he/she applied. 

Deadline:
September 1st (autumn semester) and February 1st (spring semester). 

A dispensation from the deadline can be granted if the needs for accommodation arise after it has passed, or if there are other special reasons to deviate from the deadline.  

Application form:
Application for accommodated exam (pdf)

Documentation: 
You must be able to document the need for accommodated exams. All statements/documentation must be dated recently and clearly state that there is a need for the accommodation for which the student is applying. 

The application form includes a form to be filled out by your doctor/a health professional. This, or other satisfactory documentation, must be appended to the application, or be forwarded as soon as possible after the student has applied for accommodation. 

Submit/send the application to:
The application form and documentation must be submitted to exam advisor Hilde S. Førre (room 363), or be sent to: 

MF vitenskapelig høyskole
v/Hilde S. Førre
Pb 5144 Majorstuen
0302 Oslo.

Application process:
The application will normally be processed within four weeks after the deadline. Each case will be treated in accordance with our confidentiality regulations. 

A letter of resolution will be sent by mail to your registered address. If an accommodated exam is granted, this will also become visible in Studentweb, where it will be specified what you have been granted and for how long the resolution is valid. Resolutions concerning accommodated exams are preferably made for one-three years at the time. If the needs in question are of a permanent character, accommodation may be granted for the entire study period. 

You will find more information about accommodated exams here: 
Reasons for accommodation​ (pdf)

For further questions, please contact Tilrettelegging@mf.no

Withdrawing from an exam

Withdrawing from an exam

 
NB: Note the distinction between withdrawing prior to an exam and withdrawing during an exam.

 

Withdrawing prior to an exam

You can withdraw prior to an exam if you wish. This is done in StudentWeb from the tab «My active courses». Mark the course you wish to withdraw from and click the button «Withdraw from exam».

If you do not withdraw and do not show up for an exam, you will use one out of three exam attempts in the course. Withdrawal prior to an exam does not count as an exam attempt but does not give the right to register for the new exam.

The deadline for withdrawal is:

  • November 1st / May 1st for exams scheduled during the main exams periods: November 15th–December 15th (autumn semester) and May 15th–June 15th (spring semester).
  • Fourteen days before the examination day for exams scheduled outside the main exam periods. Home exam: 14 days before the exam is given. Written assignment: 14 days before the submission deadline.
  • For the new and deferred exams, see separate deadlines.

Withdrawing during an exam

You can withdraw during an ongoing exam. Withdrawing during an exam is the same as a failed exam, and counts as one exam attempt. Withdrawing during an exam gives the same rights to take the new exam as not passing their exam. On a written exam, you withdraw by filling out a form given to you by the exam supervisor. On home exams in WISEflow, you withdraw by choosing "Hand in blank" under submission. It is not possible to withdraw from the submission of essays.

Illness and absence

Illness and absence

Illness, funerals, or concurrent examination dates at MF count as valid reasons for absence. Other reasons for absence are only valid in certain circumstances. Valid absence, when duly documented, will not count as one of the three exams attempts, and it will give you the opportunity to sign up for the deferred exam.

Illness
If you fall ill before or during the exam, you must document the absence with a doctor’s note. The doctor's note should not be dated later than the date of the exam.

  • If you fall ill before the exam, contact the doctor if you think the illness will last until the exam. Deliver the doctors note to the Examination Office.
  • If you fall ill during a school exam, you must choose whether you wish to submit the exam or withdraw. If you choose to withdraw, a medical certificate must be submitted to the Examination Office within three days after the exam, in order not to use one exam attempt. The doctor's note should be dated the same day as the exam
  • If you fall ill during a home examination or before exam submissions, you may in certain circumstances be granted an extension to the submission deadline. Consult a doctor for a doctor’s note and contact the examination office.

Doctor’s notes must include the following information:
a) Your inability to conduct the exams at MF because of illness/sudden illness
b) The period/date the note applies for
c) The course code the note applies for
d) The doctor’s signature and stamp

Doctor’s notes must be postmarked or delivered no later than three days after the first exam it applies for. You may deliver the doctor’s note in the student reception on the 3rd floor at MF or mail it to the following address:

MF vitenskapelig høyskole
Exam Office
Postboks 5144 Majorstuen
0302 OSLO

Death/funeral
Death or the funeral of a close family member must be documented to be accepted as a valid absence from exams. The same applies in case of extended deadlines for course requirements. Examples of documentation are a death certificate (officially translated into English), an obituary or equivalent documentation which states close family relationship to the deceased.

Concurrent exams
If you have concurrent exams at MF, please contact the examination office: exam@mf.no.

Exam Results

Exam Results

Exam results are published in StudentWeb in the tab «Results». The release date for results is normally no later than three weeks after the exam. The deadline may be extended due to holidays in December and July. For master’s theses, the release date is within the first six weeks after the submission deadline.

A description of what the grades mean is given in Grading of exams at MF.

Transcript of records can be ordered sent to your mail address via Studentweb (choose the tab "More" and click "Orders"). Use vitnemalsportalen.no for electronically signed pdf or for sharing your results with third-party recipients (employers etc.).

Explanation and Appeal

Explanation and Appeal

Explanation for a given grade

Students may ask for an explanation of a given grade. Explanations are short and present the general principles underlying the assessment.

Enquiries about an explanation must be addressed to explanation@mf.no.

The deadline for asking for an explanation is one week from the release of the examination result in StudentWeb. On oral exams students must ask for an explanation directly to the examiners immediately after the grade is given.

The enquiry must include the student's name, the course code, the exam form, and the candidate number. This information is available in the results tab in StudentWeb.

The processing deadline is normally two weeks.

 

Appeal on a grade/formal error

Students can appeal a given exam grade. It is recommended to ask for an explanation before an appeal is made.

Appeals on grades must be given on the following form: Appeal on grade awarded.

The deadline for appealing is three weeks after the grade has been published or three weeks after an explanation is given.

An appeal will be dealt with anonymously. The exam submission is assessed by two new examiners who are not informed about the original grade. The new grade can be either the same, higher, or lower than the original, and replaces the original whatever the outcome. The student may not appeal the new grade, cf. Act relating to universities and university colleges § 5-3. You can not make an appeal on the grade from an oral exam, courses where the final assessment is based solely on the fulfillment of course requirements or other assessments whose nature is such that reassessment is not possible.

The result of the appeal will be given in writing. The processing deadline is normally three weeks after the deadline for appealing expired.

If the result from an appeal is not received within the deadline for registering for a new exam, and you have the right to register for the exam due to failing, we advise that you register for the new exam.

Appeals on formal errors are regulated by Act relating to universities and university colleges § 5-2. Any such appeal must be given in writing to MF (address below).

 

E-mail: 

Mail Address:
MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
Exam Office, PO Box 5144 Majorstuen
0302 OSLO

New/deferred exams

New/deferred exams

Access to new and deferred exams

  • If you have a valid reason for absence during an ordinary exam, you have the right to a postponed exam. Illness, funerals, or concurrent examination dates at MF normally count as valid reasons for absence. However, you must provide documentation for that to apply. See Illness and absence.
  • If you fail a regular exam, or withdraw during a written exam or a home exam, you have the right to another attempt, as stated in the Regulations for exams §6, unless otherwise specified in the course description for that subject. Please note that it is not possible to withdraw during an examination if the exam form is submission of an essay or a portfolio.
  • If due to studies abroad, or deferred internship, you have not been able to attend the regular exam, you will be given access to the deferred exam by applying to exam@mf.no.
  • If you do not show up for the exam, you will not be entitled to a new examination.
  • If you do not complete, or pass, the new or deferred exam, you are not entitled to take the course again until the next ordinary exam. This also applies to students that have a valid reason for absence for new or deferred exams.
  • In order to improve grades on a course in which you already have passed, you have to subscribe for the next ordinary exam. Note that this will cost additional NOK 1500,- 

PS: At new/deferred written exams or home exams candidates will be given a new exam question to answer. If you have failed an exam with essay or portfolio submission at the ordinary exam you can submit a revised version for the new exam. In these cases you do not have to write an entirely new essay or portfolio.

 

How to register for new/deferred exams

You must sign up for new/deferred exams on StudentWeb. You cannot register before the exam result is announced in StudentWeb. This is also the case if you have a valid reason of absence from the exam.

  • Log on to Studentweb and choose the tab «Results».
  • Click the button «Resit course» to the right of the relevant course. A new window opens.
  • Step 1 Classes, click the button «Do not wish to sign up for class» (seeing as you are only taking the exam).
  • Step 2 Exam, Choose the exam in question from the list (06/12 kont).
  • Click the button «Finalize».

It is also possible to register through the tab «My active courses». Choose the right course from the list or by looking it up in the search field.

If you have problems registering, you must contact the exam office (exam@mf.no) within the registration deadline.

 

New/deferred exams spring semester 2019 (August 2019)

  • The deadline for signing up for new and deferred exams is Sunday, August 4th.
  • Written exams are arranged between August 12th and August 19th.
  • Home exams are arranged between August 12th and August 26th.
  • The submission deadline of individual written assignments will be August 19th before 12.00 pm (noon).
  • Dates for oral exams will be announced consecutively after the ordinary exam.

Exact exam dates will be made available in the course catalogue.

Master’s Thesis

Master’s Thesis

We recommend that you use the preconfigured template for master's thesis (word).

 

General information

  • You must pay the semester fee and register for the master's thesis course through StudentWeb, just as for other courses at MF. For theses written over two semesters, you should register in the first semester. The deadlines for registering are February 1st/September 1st.

  • Your chosen thesis topic and Supervision Approval Contract must be filled in with your supervisor and handed in to the Student's reception. The contract should normally be handed in the same semester you are taking a course in method. The deadlines for submission of the contract are May 2nd/ November 1st.

  • Note: It is usually not possible to receive supervision during holidays.

Course requirements and submission registration

Students registered to submit their master' thesis this semester, must perform submission registration within the registration deadline. This is a course requirement. The registration consists of:

1) Choosing a submission deadline
2) Naming the temporary title for your master's thesis and giving a short description of your topic. This updated description of your topic will be used to find qualified examiners.
 
 

Link to registration  (Feide login required)

The registration deadline is April 15th (spring semester) or October 15th (autumn semester). The registration opens approximately one month before the registration deadline. A reminder will be given on e-mail. Students who do not do the registration use one exam attempt and will not be able to submit the master's thesis in the given semester.

 

Exceptions

  • If you are asking for an extension until the next semester, you do not need to perform the submission registration. More information on extensions is available further down the page.

  • If you wish to submit to the deadlines March 15 or October 15, you are required to notify exam@mf.no no later than two weeks before the deadline. If you submit to one of these deadlines, you do not need to do the submission registration, as the submission deadlines are before or at the same time as the deadline for submission registration.

Application for extended submission deadline

The deadline for applying for an extension until the next semester is April 15 (spring semester) or October 15 (autumn semester). A reply will normally be given shortly after the deadline has passed.

Link to the application form  (Feide login required)

Extensions for more than one semester at a time will normally not be given. Students who do not submit their thesis and who have not applied for an extension will use one exam attempt.

Submission deadlines

The possible deadlines for submission of your thesis in the spring semester of 2019 are:

  • March 15th at 12.00, noon (result published by April 25th)

  • May 15th at 12.00, noon (result published by June 13th)

  • August 13th at 12.00, noon (results published by September 16th). If you submit to this deadline, the submission will count for the current semester, but you will not be able to attend the graduation ceremony on June 17th.

It will be possible to submit from two weeks before your registered deadline. The deadlines for the next semester are October 15th, November 15th and January 13th.

Requirements to layout of thesis (checklist)

Make sure that your thesis is structured according to the following requirements:

  • That you have used the cover page in the template for master's thesis (word). Using the entire template will make it easier to fulfill other requirements on this list.

  • That you have used 1½ distance between the lines

  • That you have used the font Times new roman, script 12 (10 in footnotes/petit)

  • That your margins are normal (app. 2, 5 cm)

  • That you use headings consistently

  • That you use the same reference technique consistently in your entire thesis

  • That your list of references/bibliography is consistent

  • That you have used a table of contents (with correct pagination)

  • That you have used your candidate number on the cover page (The candidate number will normally be made available in StudentWeb two weeks before the submission deadline. See this picture for the exact location).

  • That a word count is given on the cover page, and that the number of words is according to the word requirement given in the course description (under "Final Assessment"). The word count must not include the following: The cover page, any acknowledgment, the abstract, any abbreviation overview, the table of contents, the bibliography, and any attachments must be excluded from the word count. Footnotes must be included.

  • That the thesis contains an abstract (200-300 words); a summary of the research question(s), method, and conclusions. The abstract should be placed before the table of contents.

  • That your name or the full name of relatives are not mentioned in the thesis (as your thesis should be anonymous to the examiners).

Final submission (WISEflow)

Master's theses are submitted electronically only, in the digital exam system WISEflow. See the «User guide for exam submissions in WISEflow» (pdf) for how to submit. The procedure is the same as on an ordinary exam.

You can log on to WISEflow at any time to see how it looks like. You can also submit a demo exam as many times as you like (see the user guide for more). We recommend recently updated versions of the browsers Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Internet Explorer is NOT recommended.

 

At submission:

  • PDF: The thesis must be submitted in PDF format.

  • Academic integrity commitment: You must accept an academic integrity commitment statement and consider electronic publication of the thesis after you have uploaded your exam paper. See the questions here.

  • Restriction: Master’s theses containing information subject to confidentiality must be placed under restrictions, meaning it will not be available to the public in any form. Read more about restrictions here.

  • Plagiarism check: Note that MF is using a plagiarism checker. It is therefore important to make sure you refer to sources correctly, both in the running text and the bibliography. See the resources for academic writing under 'Resources and links'.

 

After submission:

  • Assessment: Master's theses are graded by an internal and an external examiner. Candidates will get their result published in StudentWeb and will be notified by e-mail once the result is available. See 'Submission deadlines' for announcement dates.

  • Publication: The publication date for master's theses in Bibsys Brage are normally in mid-March/October, in the semester following the semester when the thesis was submitted.

Resources and links

Cheating

Cheating

Cheating is a violation of academic integrity. MF takes cheating very seriously, as this is a breach of trust between the student and MF as an institution. As a student, you are obligated to familiarise yourself with the applicable regulations and demonstrate academic integrity.

Approved aids for school exams are listed in the course description. If you have unapproved aids at your disposal after the exam has started, it will be treated as an attempt at cheating.

There are strict requirements for the proper use of sources and citation rules. With all final submissions, an Academic Integrity Commitment must be accepted and submitted along with the submission. See the document «Formal guidelines for writing assignments at MF» (PDF) for information about how to refer to literature. See also the web sites Search and Write, and The Citation Compass for more information about academic writing. Note that MF is using a plagiarism checker to check the transcripts of submitted papers, book reports, other study requirements and exams. The program checks the degree of similarity between submitted assignments and texts on the internet, in various text databases, and other submitted assignments.

Consequences for students that cheat/ attempt cheating are stated in the Higher Education Act § 4-7 and § 4-8.

Course requirements

Course requirements

Course requirements are tied to the implementation of a course and assessed by a pass/fail grade. The course requirements must be approved before you can take the exam. Examples of course requirements can be requirements of attendance, drafts of an assignment, book reports, short tests, etc.. The course requirements are listed in the course description. Information about deadlines for submissions of course requirements is found in Canvas.

If you are prevented from completing course requirements and have a valid reason, you must contact the academic person responsible for the course. The requirements for documentation are the same as on exams. Read more about valid reasons for absence here.

If you have passed course requirements in a course earlier, you can apply for an exemption. The application must be sent to the person with course responsibility (listed in the course description).

Fourth exam attempt

Fourth exam attempt

In special cases, a committee appointed by the rector may grant dispensation for a fourth and final exam attempt, cf. the Regulations § 17.2 (Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen ved MF vitenskapelig høyskole).

Fill out this form to apply for a fourth exam attempt. The committee's conclusion will be sent to the e-mail address you register here.

Regulations and Legislation

Regulations and Legislation