Examinations

Registering for exams

Some faculties use electronic exam registration for exams held on general exam days, which means that you will need to register for the exams through NettiOpsu. You can check the number of general exam days on the examination dates pages of the teaching schedules.

Registration is always required for maturity tests and exams held on general exam days. Separate registration is not always necessary for teaching-related exams, and more information will be provided during the teaching sessions.

Open University students can register for exams through the NettiRekka service.

For some faculties, exams can be registered for with sign-up envelopes. Registration methods can also vary within faculties. Make sure to check your own faculty/degree programme’s exam instructions via the pages listed lower down on this page.

Exams taken electronically can only be registered for via the Electronic Exam Service. Registrations for electronic exams are shown in the Electronic Exam Service, not in NettiOpsu/NettiRekka.

Please note that there are separate exam registration instructions for students studying for the Licentiate Degree in Medicine.

Cancelling a registration

Remember to cancel your registration if your plans to sit the exam change! If you register twice for general exams for the same course and don’t show up to the exam without cancelling your registration in advance, or if you abandon the exam for the same course twice, before registering for a third time for the course in question, you must contact the teacher responsible for assessing the exam.

Taking exams

Electronic exams are quite common at the University of Tampere. You can take electronic exams in Tampere (Central Campus or Kauppi Campus), Seinäjoki and Pori. All practical instructions for electronic exams can be found via the side menu on the electronic exams instruction pages.

There are separate instructions for exams held on general exam days, and these can also be found via the side menu (coming soon).

Preparation for exams

Reading academic literature and being tested on it forms a key part of studying. Reading develops your thinking, brings about new ideas, and helps you gain knowledge. Reading literature in your area of study helps you to prepare for completing written work and helps you to learn academic language and how to use it. For one exam you will generally have to read a number of books, and therefore when sitting an exam you should focus on understanding the overall concepts. The majority of exam books are written in English.   

Reading guidelines

  • Create a reading plan (daily reading goals)
  • Form a general overview of the book: analyse the structure
  • Take notes about the book
  • Don’t learn by heart, instead focus on understanding the content and looking for the red thread in each book
  • You do not need to understand every word of books in English (or other foreign languages). Focus on understanding the whole. However, for the most important concepts it is a good idea to find a Finnish-language equivalent.

Taking exams refers to a student reading the exam books and answering the questions the examiner has set for them in a supervised situation. Your responses must show that you have read the books and are able to apply what you have learnt. In other words, you must have understood the book’s key ideas and be able to write structured exam answers based on these.

In general, exam answers should be in essay form. However, in reality, answers rarely contain the structural elements of an essay, and this is not always appropriate in exams either. Essay format refers to short but complete answers written in full sentences, which answer the question given by combining things learnt from the literature with your own thoughts.

A good exam answer forms a clear, well-structured whole, written in good, standard language, answering the question.

(This section on preparing for exams is taken from exam guidelines for the Faculty of Social Science’s Degree Programme in Social Sciences).

Exam results

Exam results are entered into the registers in the faculties, after which the results will appear the next day on the Student’s Desktop or NettiRekka. More information about the publication of results is available in the Regulations on the Assessment of Studies. Here, you can find more detailed information about matters such as when results should be published, how long they will be available for, and how they will be published.

You can find out the results of electronic exams in advance by email, prior to the results being entered into the register. Despite the details of the results of electronic exams being sent by email, the results will not necessarily be available immediately on the Student’s Desktop, as the results have to be saved into the register separately within the faculty.

Failed exams can be retaken by reregistering and sitting the next available exam. More information about retaking exams is available in the Regulations on the Assessment of Studies.

Feedback on how you have done can be requested from the teacher.

Exam papers and questions must be retained for six months after the exam. Assessment lists must be retained for 10 years.

Special arrangements for exams

Those requiring special arrangements must agree on these with the teacher prior to the exam, and mention this when registering. Faculties’ special arrangement practices vary, so make sure to check with your faculty prior to starting courses. If necessary, general academic counselling and guidance staff (Main Building A 119) can provide a student with a special arrangements proposal, to assist both student and teacher in agreeing upon practical special arrangements.