Exams and the grading system at KI

Hello everyone,

In the last 30 days, as a student of tox programme, you had a chance to take part in 3 different examinations due to the fact that 2 of the courses were relatively short and immediately after each your skills were evaluated by some kind of a written test. This, in turn, made me think that it might be quite valuable, especially for a prospective student, to know something about the structure of the programme and the grading scales. Therefore, in this post I would like to give you some insight into the composition of the programme and how your performances are assessed by the lecturers.

  • You have only one course at the time. At KI there are no special periods when you sit the exams from all your courses you took in the last period. Alternatively, you have an examination immediately after the course for which you are given at least one working day to prepare. After you pass the exam, you can throw away all your notes and move forward to the next course.
  • There are 2 periods: hösttermin (HT), fall semester, and vårtermin (VT), spring semester, with no break between them. Actually, at KI you have only something called lecture-free period during the Christmas and Easter time, when nevertheless, you have to work on our written reports or other projects.
  • Exams lasts from 2 to 5 hours. Those are most often composed exclusively of open-answer questions, but rarely you can encounter multiple choice questions as well. Another form of examination practiced by KI teachers is the home-exam, in which case you are given a certain period of time (a week for instance) to work on the answers to the questions at home, using all possible resources you can only come up with. Moreover, exams are usually assessed by several lecturers, so that each of the exam parts is evaluated by an expert from the scientific field that the question is about. Our home-exam from Targer Organ Toxicity was assessed by 5 different lecurers, to give you an example.
  • If you pass the exam, it’s your final score and you cannot improve your performance in any way. You have 6 attempts (3 each academic year) to take the exam from every course, so if you are sure you won’t impress the lecturer by your broad knowledge, it’s probably better to hand the blank papers rather than to force yourself to create new theories and definitions. This is because you can retake the examination only if your score from the previous attempt was a fail.
  • There are 2 grading scales at KI. The exams are always evaluated using VU scale, which consists of 3 distinct notes: VG (Väl godkänd) – Pass with distinction, awarded to anyone who scored at least 80% points of the maximum score, G (godkänd) – Pass, awarded to anyone who scored at least 60% of the maximum score, and U (Underkänd) – Fail, given to the student who was not able to get at least 60% of the maximum score for the given examination. The other projects, written reports and presentations throughout the course are evaluated using the GU scale, which is different from the first one only in the aspect that the latter doesn’t consist of the VG score, so those you can only pass, or fail.

That would be all for today!



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