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Exams and resits

Exams and resits

UvA Economics and Business

Exams and resits

Often a course is 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.

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
    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.

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

In the past, it has been proven that students do not always know what is and is not allowed during an exam. 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: 

  1. Invigilators are present to help you complete the exam as well as possible. Follow their instructions.
  2. Contribute to a quiet exam and show that you only focus on your own work.
  3. Do not talk during the exam, even if it is not about the exam; invigilators do not hear the difference.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Make sure you hand in all your exam materials, also your scrap paper.

Abovementioned may sound strict, but through this we would like to prepare you as good as possible for the exams.

You find all information in the flyer about exams. Read this flyer thoroughly to prepare yourself for your exams.

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, then you will be automatically registered for the resit.
  • If you passed an exam, it is also possible to take a resit. In this case you also do not have to register for the resit and you can just attend the resit. During the resit, a supervisor will verify 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.

Timetable and location of exams

The scheduled date, time and venue of written examinations are announced on the UvA Timetable. Note that the timetables are subject to changes up until the last moment, for example because the number of registered students is larger than was expected. You should therefore, always check your timetable for possible changes on the day before the examination.

Disability or chronic illness

Students with a disability are offered the opportunity to sit for examinations in a way that accommodates their disability as much as possible. Such special arrangements may include extra time for completing the examination or taking the examination in a separate room. For more information, please go to the page special examination arrangements for students with a disability

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.


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.

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

In need of help regarding studying or questions?

Do you want to study efficiently and effectively? At studying effectively the study advisers explain how you can approach this.

And do you still have questions after reading this page? Check the FAQ if your question has not been answered here. If the answer to your question is not in the FAQ, please contact the Education Desk.