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Exams and resits

UvA Economics and Business

Most courses are concluded with an exam. On this page you can find everything you need to know about exams and resits. There is also an overview with frequently asked questions.

Do you still have questions after reading this page? Please check the FAQ, or contact the Education Desk.

Be prepared for your exam 

Prior to an examination it is important that you are aware of some practical matters like the time, the location and the rules that apply during the examination. It is for example very important: 

  • to be on time, (at least 20 minutes before the exam starts). In case you’re late, you’ll have to wait until 15 minutes past the starting time before you are allowed to go into the exam room. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you’ll have to wait until 30 minutes past the starting time to go into the exam room. 
  • that you bring both a valid ID and a student ID card
  • Exam Results 

    Time limit for grading examinations

    The time limit set for grading written examinations is 18 working days. Lecturers need to grade a written examination within a maximum of 15 working days  after the examination, and within that same period they have to pass the results on to the Student Administration. After this, the Student Administration has three working days to register the results in SIS. Mid-terms examinations are graded within 10 working days. Results for mid-terms are provided by the lecturer and will not be registered in SIS.

    Grade registration in SIS

    • The grade registered in SIS is the final grade of the course. It takes a day after the registration before the amount of ECTS credits is visible.
    • No rights can be derived from grades in Canvas.
    • You can find the composition of the grade under the tab ‘Assessment and testing’ of the course description in the Course Catalogue


    Final grades are given on a scale from 1 to 10. Only whole or half marks (.0 or .5), with the exception of the grade 5.5, may be awarded. The final assessment of a course is considered to be a pass if a grade of 6.0 or higher is obtained.  Grades from (and including) 5.5 to (and excluding) 6.25 will be rounded to 6. Grades from mid-terms and end-terms will not be rounded off to whole grades. Only your final grade (mid-term and end-term combined) will be rounded off to a whole grade. Your GPA will not be rounded off to a whole grade.

    On Grading Scheme you will a list of foreign equivalents to Dutch grades.

    AVV, NAV

    Should the degree classification or judicium for a particular course not be expressed as a grade, then the result will be ‘all requirements met’ (AVV) or ‘unsatisfactory’ (NAV).


    Students who do not attend an examination for which they are signed up will receive the result NA: ‘niet aanwezig’ (‘non-attendance’). An NA will not be counted as an attempt and thus will not have an impact on graduating cum laude. You can find more information on cum laude.

    Insufficient grades

    Insufficient passing grades will not be stated on your degree or grades transcript. Only courses you have passed will be stated on your degree and grade transcript. However, insufficient grades can have an impact on graduating cum laude.

  • Rules of conduct during the exam – this is how you prevent fraud  

    To prevent you from committing fraud unwittingly, against which the board of examiners takes strict measures, we will give you some examples of what you can and cannot do:  

    • Please follow the instruction of the invigilators who are present to help you complete the exam as well as possible.
    • Take the exam alone and only focus on your own work until you have left the exam room. 
    • Be mindful of your fellow students and do not talk during the exam, even if it is not about the exam; invigilators do not hear the difference. 
    • Make sure your telephone and other electronic devices are switched off and stored together with other belongings in a closed bag. Do not leave your telephone in your pocket. 
    • Stay seated. Have you finished your exam or do you need to visit the bathroom (allowed at exams longer than 2 hours), raise your hand and wait until the invigilator comes to you. 
    • Make sure you hand in all your exam materials, also your scrap paper. 

    You find an overview of the rules and instructions in this flyer about exams

  • Unable to take an exam

    It is not possible to take an exam at a different time or make up an exam with an alternative assessment. Regardless of the reason, if you are unable to take or complete the first exam attempt at the scheduled time, the option for retaking the exam is the resit. Otherwise the only option for passing the course is to retake it in a future academic year.

    If you are experiencing difficulties that may affect your studies and/or exams, please get in touch with the Study Advisers. This is especially important for students who have yet to receive their BSA.

  • Registration for exams and resits 

    Students who have signed up for a course are also signed up for the examinations for that course, including any mid-term examinations and resits.

    • If you did not pass an exam or did not attend the exam during your first attempt, you're automatically registered for the resit.
    • If you passed an exam, it is also possible to take a resit. During the resit, a supervisor will verify your attendance. Ask the supervisors to add your name and student number on the list. Important: if you take a resit of a course you have already passed, then your latest result will be the one that counts, even if this grade is lower than your previous grade.
  • Review of exams

    You are entitled to view the examinations you completed for up to 25 days after the written exam has taken place, and lecturers are required to offer sufficient opportunity for such a viewing. The cover page of the examination paper or the Canvas page contains information on the date and the venue for the viewing. Has a review not been planned for the examination, but you still want to see the exam? Contact the course coordinator within 25 working days after the examination. The name of the course coordinator can be found in the Course Catalogue.

  • Validity of terms of results

    The validity term of results obtained for examinations for Bachelor's courses is six years. The validity term of results obtained for examinations for Master's courses is three years. 

    The validity period of partial examinations is included in the study guide text for the course concerned.

    The Examination Board can extend the period of validity of passed courses if the courses have not changed in content and are still part of the curriculum. You can apply for such an extension by submitting a written request to the Board of Examiners.

  • Extra resit

    UvA Economics and Business organizes an extra resit annually for students who have not been able to pass the regular exams of the last course of their study programme. To qualify for an extra resit, several criteria apply. These criteria and the link to the request form for an extra resit can be found on the page extra resit.

  • Lodging an appeal against examination results

    If you do not agree with the result of the examination, it is important that you go to the inspection. Here you can discuss the exam with your teacher and indicate which part of the assessment you disagree with. If the lecturer is of the opinion that the result does not need to be adjusted and you do not agree with this, you can file an appeal against this decision. Only do this if you are sure that the given result is incorrect and you are able to motivate this. More information about lodging an appeal can be found on complaints, objections and appeals